Posts Tagged ‘women’s health’

One More Crazy ECT

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

Today, as I sat reading literature from women in the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries—reading snippets of how our foremothers struggled before us—risking everything to find their voices—to free ours—to demand respect and equal rights—forging their way towards independence with a pen—some religious zealot, undoubtedly an Extreme Christian Terrorist, ECT, (aka conservative, Christian Anti-Choice Fanatic who believes violence is a necessary mean for whatever end their preacher or priest arbitrarily dictates is ordained by God) shot Dr. Tiller, an abortion provider, in his church in front of his family, friends and fellow church members.

I read this news and wept.

I am sad for his family, for his friends, for the poor people who were standing next to him. I am sad for the women who will be forced to continue a pregnancy they do not wish to continue. I am sad for those children who are thrust upon their mothers, shackled to their ankles like dead, unwanted weight. I am sad for the women who are imprisoned by their gender and by the male dominated society in which they are born. I am sad for the men who want to support women in their right to choose—who will now cower in fear of violence at the hands of some other ECT. I am sad for the women who still publish under male pseudonyms to gain equal recognition for their words and thoughts. I am sad for the women so lost in the land of men—they fail to see how their religion has tainted their minds against themselves, their bodies, their minds, their sisters, mothers and daughters.

I am outraged at the idiots who spew forth gleeful ignorant remarks chocked-full of misspellings and grammatical errors—using God as their shield—remarking how Dr. Tiller got what he deserved–filling up comment boards–raising ratings of hate-filled, idiotic talk show hosts like Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly. Are you really that ignorant—that intolerant of women’s rights? Can you not see the paradox of your own hateful thoughts—the same derisive, unhealthy thoughts that drove this lunatic ECT to shoot Dr. Tiller?

I am inundated with thoughts to share, choking in a sea of emotion over the bigger picture here. For now, I will leave you with a quote from LeRoy Carhart, an American physican who worked with and respected Dr. Tiller:

“Men have had unlimited availability to ‘abortion’ since the beginning of time. Men can walk away from unwanted pregnancies with virtually no response from government. I believe that, unless women are given an equal right to determine whether or not they remain pregnant, they will not be considered equal. I think that’s what the anti’s are most afraid of-women becoming equal.”

New Hope in Ovarian Cancer Treatment

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

British scientists have developed a drug that could prolong lives of women suffering from ovarian cancer.

read more | digg story

This is news-worthy indeed. I will be watching this study intently. Apparently. Another study in the UK has found some really positive results for some new testing—to detect ovarian cancer earlier rather than later. This is extremely important to improving the chance of survival. It would seem the UK is putting forth significant funding to study ovarian cancer whereas the U.S. really is not. Why should they when the pharmaceutical companies provide such perks to deter new effective treatments? I am disgusted with the lack of effort given by the U.S. companies despite the hideous amount of money they rake in each year.

Thank you Britain for caring enough about women and the men and children who love them (and need them for survival) for doing something.

Furthermore, I have ample time to think about ovarian cancer, the effects, and the symptoms—despite its claim to being the silent killer—I sometimes think it should be named the deaf killer—as doctors are often deaf to a woman’s intimate health complaint. Last year the American Cancer Society finally came to a consensus about some early warning signs for ovarian cancer:1

  • bloating
  • pelvic or abdominal pain
  • trouble eating or feeling full quickly
  • urinary symptoms such as urgency (always feeling like you have to go) or frequency (having to go often)

Others symptoms of ovarian cancer can include:

  • fatigue
  • upset stomach
  • back pain
  • pain during sex
  • constipation
  • menstrual changes

However, these symptoms are more likely to be caused by other conditions, and they occur just about as often in women who do not have ovarian cancer.2

I have always been dubious about the said lack of symptoms. What I know to be true is that I went to the doctor on numerous occasions with a variety of symptoms that were abnormal for me only to be blown off like a worry wart, dismissed as a ‘hysterical’ female overly worried about her health. Well, listen up physicians—you are supposed to want to help heal and prevent illness—that starts by listening carefully to your patients. Listen to me when I say my pelvic area feels odd, different. Listen when I say it hurts to have sex. Don’t suggest I am frigid and just need a glass of wine! I can orgasm just fine and that is a poor assumption on your part simply because you have no clue what you are talking about.

And this is why too many women die with ovarian cancer. It is caught too late but not because of its silence as much as your inattentiveness to our complaints.

Furthermore, why aren’t all women given the blood tests to look for the gene mutations or presence of cancer antigens?3 This should be a standard treatment with the yearly exams.

I am not finished with this topic. I will revisit it again and again. But for now I will end this post. If you have any interesting information regarding ovarian cancer, its treatment, its prevention—please do share.

  1. http://www.cancer.org/docroot/CRI/content/CRI_2_4_3X_How_is_ovarian_cancer_diagnosed_33.asp?rnav=cri []
  2. http://www.cancer.org/docroot/CRI/content/CRI_2_4_3X_How_is_ovarian_cancer_diagnosed_33.asp?rnav=cri []
  3. http://www.ovariancancer.jhmi.edu/ca125qa.cfm []