Friends come in all shapes and sizes, from different backgrounds and cultures with differing personalities and differing reasons for being friends. Now we could get bogged down with definitions of friends’ vs acquaintances, you know Facebook or Insta friends and then the people who really mean something to you or you to them, but I […]
Fishing should be a recreational past time that is accessible to all: men, women and children. So how do we fare in the fishing equality stakes in Australia? Well let’s start with the media. Australia has an abundance of fishing shows, IFish, Hook Line and Sinker, Fishing Australia, Escape with ET, Creek to Coast, Fishing […]
Why do people pretend they are ill? I am not talking about calling in a sickie at work or pretending we have a cold to get a bit of sympathy off our partner, but really ill, terminally ill.
Last week a local woman was charged with fraud for setting up a GoFundMe page claiming she had stage 5 Ovarian Cancer. Her husband set the page up and she was doing a daily blog about her cancer journey. It is unclear if she ever had Ovarian Cancer at all but it is clear she was not dying and was duping the caring, honest and trusting public out of their hard-earned cash for her own (possibly,selfish) benefit.
I have spent the past week wondering “Why would anyone do this?”. Not only is it a completely dishonest and generally disgusting thing to do it is something that is not sustainable. What would happen as time went on when people realise you were not dying . Would you make a miraculous recovery and put it down to alternative medicines and therapies ( as in the Belle Gibson case)? Or would you disappear with all the hard-earned cash from the caring community?
What I do not understand is the personality traits or thinking of the type of person who commits these frauds. Ovarian Cancer is a cause very close to my heart, not because I or somebody I love has had it but because I would never want somebody I love or any woman, actually, to have it. It is a quiet form of cancer, not easily detected and usually diagnosed too late for survival. The statistics are truly frightening.
My daughter (through her pageantry system) is an ambassador for Teal Wings of Hope. This is a small Ovarian Cancer charity that was established by an amazing lady whose sister-in-law died from the disease. Its aim is to get the message out there and promote awareness to ensure all women are educated on yhe symptoms of this disease.
Every year we hold a High-Teal in Townsville to raise awareness about Ovarian Cancer and also raise funds to distribute between Teal Wings of Hope and Ovarian Cancer Australia. Through this event we have met several women who have been diagnosed with and survived Ovarian Cancer. To hear their stories and see their suffering just makes us want to raise the profile of the disease even more.
Ovarian Cancer has higher proportion of deaths than breast cancer and yet it is still relatively unspoken about. The World Ovarian Cancer Coalition has just recently undertaken a world-wide study on Ovarian Cancer with some alarming results. Over two-thirds of the women surveyed knew nothing about Ovarian Cancer prior to diagnosis. TWO THIRDS!
“Knowledge is power and through this we hope to liberate women and make progress in the statistics of women dying from ovarian cancer.” – Karen Sabarre founder of Teal Wings of Hope
The actions of this local woman could colour people’s perceptions of giving to charity, I would like to think not, but even so it will happen. Hopefully, with the story in the news and social media, it may start a conversation, bringing awareness about Ovarian Cancer to women who may never have thought about it before. If we could turn this bad news story into a good one, by educating and arming women with the knowledge about Ovarian Cancer, then we may have salvaged something.
Tell Every Amazing Lady the BEAT symptoms, it may just save their life.
So I am nearly 50. I find myself saying things like “it wasn’t like that in my day” and “people today don’t appreciate how good they have” etc. etc. Yes all those types of phrases my parents used to say when I was young (and may I add I used to think, oh what do you know, youre just old!). Well now I am in that category and I realised maybe my parents had something!
So I have decided to start blogging about life in general, for my own benefit. Through writing I am hoping I can try and come to an understanding on life today and how it may differ (good and bad) from times that have gone before.
My blogs are for entertainment, information and knowledge sharing. Entertainment will be my main focus, both yours (hopefully) and mine. But that does not mean I will not write about challenging subjects or preach about worthy causes. I have many passions and will write about all of them, please remeber the opinions are my own (and boy oh boy do I have opinions).
When I started researching why people write blogs I came up with the folowing reasons:
- Express yourself and share your passions
- Make a difference
- Share your knowledge
- Refine your writing skills
- Make money online
- Build your network
The top 4 are my main reasons for writing a blog, the bottom two would just be byproducts and I will not be focussing on them. So feedback, comments and interaction are all welcome.
Let the blogging begin ……….