7 Quick Takes: Monty Python, Ovarian Cancer, and Guys with Fancy Lady Hair

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Rain! Living in Texas you get used to heat, heat, and more heat and the near constant drought. It started raining late yesterday afternoon and it’s wonderful to listen to it. I don’t care if the dogs track mud through the house. The rain is wonderful.

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I’m sure everyone has already seen this, but I just stumbled on it a few days ago. Guys with fancy lady hair cracks me up! I don’t want a guy with long hair but I must admit these guys look great with their hair up or down. If my husband wanted to do this, I would totally support him. “Mother of the Bride” and “Junior Prom” are my favorites.

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September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Please take yourself, your sisters, mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and other lady friends to the gynecologist! Don’t let anything keep you away. Trust me, there is nothing you have that your gynecologist hasn’t already seen, probably twice. No matter how much or how little you weigh or how young or old you are…GO! We’ve had patients as young as 32 and as old as 80 who have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Know your bodies!

The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition’s website has wonderful information. I can’t say it better than they do. “Common ovarian cancer symptoms include: bloating; pelvic or abdominal pain; trouble eating or feeling full quickly; and feeling the need to urinate urgently or often. If you are experiencing at least two to three of these symptoms clustered together that persist for two or more weeks, you should see your doctor and ask for a combination pelvic/rectal exam, transvaginal ultrasound, and CA-125 blood test.

If you’ve already seen a doctor and received a diagnosis other than ovarian cancer, yet your symptoms continue or you are not getting relief from treatment, schedule a follow-up visit with your gynecologist or get a second opinion. If you have a history of breast, colon and/or ovarian cancer in your family, strongly consider seeing a doctor trained to care for women with ovarian and other gynecologic cancers, a gynecologic oncologist, to talk about the symptoms and regular screenings. If your primary care physician or Gynecologist suspects you have ovarian cancer, he or she may refer you to a gynecologic oncologist.

The best predictor of having the best possible outcome is to have your primary surgery performed by a board-certified gynecologic oncologist. Don’t let your regular OB-GYN operate on you if there is any chance you have a malignancy. Better to have a gynecologic oncologist do a surgery for something that turns out to be benign, than have a benign gynecologist operate and do an incomplete staging which would require a follow up operation.

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Now that I’m off my Gyn Onc soap box, let’s look at this awesome trailer. If Monty Python and the Holy Grail were made and marketed today:

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I’m gonna try this cake this weekend. The tutorial is here.

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Did I mention how surprised I am that I’m not missing my oldest child, who went to college, as much as I thought I would. It’s really kind of crazy. I thought I’d be all empty nester and helicopter mom, but…not so much. Not that I don’t miss him, but it’s like he’s at work all day and out with friends at night and I don’t think of him as being 200 miles away.

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We had the most awesome Religion Teacher at our kid’s elementary/middle school. She’s just started blogging but go see her. She joined Twenty-Third Publications and contributes coaching resources to help parents lead their children in faith.

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