I’ve worn way too many pairs of pants this month.
Pants are my fall back. My wardrobe security blanket. Especially when teamed with a jacket.
Next year, I will be with them. All the way. From the start.
October is a difficult month for our family. It’s the month that marks the passing of my husband’s stunningly beautiful mum. She lost her battle with this insidious disease six years ago (I wrote this post last year about it).
Before my mother-in-law’s diagnosis, I didn’t know much about this particular cancer.
Like most people, I thought as long as I had a pap smear every couple of years, I’d be OK. For the record, pap smears are super important in detecting abnormalities on the cervix. Keep having them.
But they won’t tell anyone squat about the health or not of your ovaries.
THERE IS NO SCREENING TEST FOR OVARIAN CANCER.
Which is why most women are diagnosed when the cancer is quite advanced. These women start their treatment very much behind the recovery eight ball. The stats are not good.
The first Frocktober event was held in 2007, when a group of friends decided to raise money for women’s health. After scouring their wardrobes for old frocks, the small group hit the town, passed around a hat and raised $200. Frocktober was born! Frocktober Inc was then established by the group, each with a different background, including business, architecture, health, education and design. The group’s members bring a variety of skills and perspectives to the project, and chose the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation as their beneficiary, in the knowledge that ovarian cancer is an area requiring increased research resources.
There are still 15 days in October 2012.
It’s not too late to join the cause. Do your own fundraising – or donate at the Frocktober site.
Whatever you do to support, why not do while wearing a dress?
Bring out the frocks in your wardrobe, or add to your frock collection with something from the shopping suggestions below.
I will be. You can follow along on Instagram. I’ll post my frock outfit every day.
(click on the links under each image for link on how to buy)
Will you join me in supporting this cause? And if you’re already frocking up, please leave a link in the comments below to your fundraising page or event.