[Nanowrimo] It’s started!

And I am 9k words in.

So in case you wondered what happened to me, know that I am still around. Just busy puttering about in my novel. If you’re wondering why I’m so silent on Twitter and the like, it’s Work. :p Outside of work, it’s Nano.

So thank you for your patience.

Oh, and as a side note, if you’ve got some spare change, please donate to Makna for Pink October. If you’re having issues donating or anything, do let me know and I’ll see if I can help get it fixed. Thank you!

[PinkOcto] Thank you for listening

Thank you for following me this past one month. While I know I haven’t been the best of writers (try the worst) I do hope that you’ve gained something from the updates about Pink October.

If you’ve had even some fun reading what I’ve written, I hope you’ll consider donating to Makna. Thank you for your time. :)

[PinkOcto] A friendly reminder!

Breast Self-Examination, or BSE as it’s called, is one of the things women can do to catch early warning signs of cancer. However, as we saw at Don’t Duck It, it’s not something a lot of people do often. You know how one of the things they used to say about Apple was, “There’s an app for that.” ?

Well, as it turns out…

There’s an Android and iPhone app for BSE reminders. Though I’m not too sure if those “hunky” guys are cute enough for me to do my BSE. Still, it was a good thought.

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[PinkOcto] Nanoparticles!

Now this is interesting.

In 2008, researchers discovered they could use nanoparticles to target cancer cells more effectively. Three years later, they’ve finally progressed from cancer cells in a lab dish to animal testing.

To their surprise, not only did the cancer drug work, but it was also required less of the drug required to function. This is great news, because the drug we’re talking about is cisplatin, which is a platinum drug that’s used to treat cancer. Remember I said earlier that the treatment is worse than the cure? Well, when you consider the side effects of cisplatin

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[PinkOcto] Pap Smears and Pregnancies

One of the things about cervical cancer is that it can affect your fertility chances.

For women who are planning to have babies, having an abnormal pap smear can be terrifying as it’s linked very closely to getting pregnant. While doing research, I found a website by one Stacy Wiegman, who shows that it is possible to have babies after being diagnosed with cervical cancer.

The biggest lesson I learnt here is that cancer is not the end of it all. Life goes on. It doesn’t stop even when you’re in the midst of the battle. I find that thought comforting, because it gives me something to hold on to.

You can read Stacy’s story here.

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[PinkOcto] Pap Smear

Just a short entry today, because I got home late from an outing.

What is a pap smear?
A pap smear is a test to see if you may have cervical cancer cells. This involves a swab being taken from your cervix area and being sent for a lab test, at least in my experience.

Here, have a wiki link. I apologise for the lateness of the entry.

[PinkOcto] Breast feeding to stop breast cancer?

The Obedient Wives’ Club, also known as being part of a deviant Muslim sect, came up with this book called “Islamic Sex, fighting Jews to return Islamic sex to the world” which talks about Islamic sex. Apparently one of the chapters of the book deals with fondling breasts.

There’s a claim by the author of the book which says that breast sucking reduces the risk of breast cancer, made by the BBC no less.

Which I could not find.

What I DID discover was that women who breast fed their children tended to have lower risks of cancer. In fact, the National Childbirth Trust in the UK says women should ideally breastfeed their children for a minimum of 6 months or more to reduce their risk of cancer. The American Cancer Society admits that while preliminary studies show breast cancer risk is reduced slightly if a woman breastfeeds for at least 18 months, they are unable to confirm as breastfeeding for this amount of time in the US and other developed countries are uncommon.

If you plan to breastfeed your baby, please read up on it. While it may seem that breastfeeding is supposed to come naturally to mothers, I know a lot of moms who gave up breastfeeding for various reasons. If you’re having troubles, ask for help. Breastfeeding takes time and practice, so don’t be ashamed if it doesn’t go as planned.

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[PinkOcto] Alternative medication

One of the most dangerous things about being diagnosed with cancer is the temptation to seek out alternative treatments instead of going the normal, conventional way. As Edrei mentioned, cancer is a disease where the treatments for it are much worse than the actual disease itself.

One of the things that really annoys me about certain cancer patients isn’t about them delaying treatment because they’re in denial. It’s when they delay treatment to find alternative cures for their cancers. I’m all for using alternative medication to alleviate the symptoms, but to ignore proven medication for something unproven?

Mreh!

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[PinkOcto] The importance of love

One of the things about cancer is that it’s a journey that doesn’t focus on just you alone.

Very often, a battle against cancer is not a battle that you fight alone. It brings in everyone around you. Sometimes it could be just your family. Other times it could be the world.

This does not change the fact that cancer drains not just the person who carries it, but their caretakers. The people who will help you treat the disease. The people who will hold on your hands as you fight the pain. The same people who will tear to see a loved one fighting against a pain they can do nothing to salvage.

Cancer brings out the worst and best of humanity, much like the rest of the other serious diseases. The only thing we know for certain is that most cancers strike at random. Most cancers, including breast cancer, have no real patterns (I have heard a theory that says cancer is caused by repressed anger. I do not know).

What I do know is that in the battle against cancer, we often forget the casualties. The ones who have fought along with the patient.

This is one of the reasons I support Makna and their volunteer program. Very often the press focuses on those who have survived, on those who have “won” the battle against cancer. But you know what? Whenever you interview these survivors, they all say the same thing.

“If it weren’t for my family and the people around me, I wouldn’t be alive.”

So say thank you to the people around you today. The ones who have stood with you all these times. Don’t let it be too late.

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