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  • Elly MayDay; Ovarian Cancer Awareness

    Published Sep 19 2019 in #onehellovawoman, Ashley Luther, Cherry Velvet, Cherry Velvet Dresses, Elly Mayday, Ovarian Cancer

    Elly MayDay for Ovarian Cancer awareness wearing a Cherry Velvet dress

    Did you know that September is the awareness month for Ovarian Cancer - a much less talked about, but very serious type of women’s cancer?  Unlike other more well-known types, there is no screening test for cancer of your #ladyballs. (This may be a somewhat controversial name for your ovaries, but it does require both knowledge and guts to beat this difficult to diagnose disease.)

    It's important for our designer, Diane, to spread awareness, as not only did this condition take her Mom at a very young age, but her Sister-in-law as well.

    You may have heard the story of one of our early models, Elly Mayday, who at the age of 25 was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer too.

    Elly Mayday with teal green hair to raise awareness for Ovarian Cancer

    We're pleased to join Forever Yours Lingerie's #Onehellvawoman High Tea and Fundraiser in honour of Elly's life and her wish to spread awareness about this difficult disease. We are proudly offering five "Dress of Your Choice" vouchers for the auction, which will raise funds for ovarian cancer research.

    Cherry Velvet raises funds for Ovarian Cancer research 

    "Please spend a few moments learning about ovarian cancer, as discovering it early enough improves your chances to treat it effectively and survive" ~ Diane Kennedy

    There is no one specific symptom for ovarian cancer, and the symptoms are generally vague and often mistakenly attributed to other causes. It’s called "the disease that whispers" or the "silent killer", as it tends to be overlooked and under-diagnosed.

    Do you do a breast self-exam every month? What about going for an annual pap test? Although these simple steps could save your life, when it comes to taking care of your #ladyballs, it's not as straightforward.

    Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer

      We hope we’ve inspired you to catch up on any tests you haven’t taken lately, and brought attention to symptoms you should pay attention to. Please share this post with all the important women in your life so that they’ll be aware, too.

      XOX Cherry Velvet

    • Elly Mayday's Message to all Women

      Published Mar 08 2019 in Ashley Luther, Body Positive, Elly Mayday, Ovarian Cancer, Plus Model

      You may have heard about Ashley Luther, also known as Elly Mayday; a body positive model that, sadly, recently passed at the age of thirty. We spent a day with Elly back in 2013, shortly after her diagnosis and want to share her video message again with all of you.

      Ashley Luther also known as Elly Mayday, body positive, plus model with her Teal Green Hair for Ovarian Cancer, photo Cherry Velvet

      Elly's message is about Ovarian cancer -a much less talked about, but a very serious type of women’s cancer. Did you know there is no screening test for cancer of your #ladyballs. This is a somewhat controversial name for your ovaries, but it does require both knowledge and guts to beat this difficult to diagnose disease.

      The teal green shade of her hair represents the colour of the Ovarian cancer ribbon. These photos were all taken just before she planned to shave it all off. (due to the expectation of hair loss from Chemotherapy)

      Ashley Luther also known as Elly Mayday, body positive, plus model with her Teal Green Hair for Ovarian Cancer

      It's important to our designer, Diane, to spread awareness, as not only did she lose her Mom to Ovarian cancer at a very young age but also her Sister-in-law as well. 

       Elly Mayday, Teal Hair Quote

      There is no one specific symptom for Ovarian cancer and these symptoms are generally vague/non-specific (often mistakenly attributed to other causes). It’s called ‘the disease that whispers’ for good reason: it’s often overlooked and under-diagnosed.

       

      Do you do a breast self-exam every month? What about going for an annual pap test? These simple steps could save your life. Taking care of your #ladyballs is not as straightforward.

      These are the symptoms to be aware of:

      • Swelling or bloating of the abdomen
      • Pelvic discomfort or heaviness
      • Back or abdominal pain
      • Fatigue
      • Gas, nausea, indigestion
      • Change in bowel habits
      • Emptying your bladder frequently
      • Menstrual irregularities
      • Weight loss or weight gain

      Other symptoms…

      • Mass or “lump” in your pelvis that you can feel
      • Inability to eat normally
      • Pain during intercourse
      • Vaginal bleeding

      We hope we’ve inspired you to catch up on any tests you haven’t taken lately, and brought attention to ways to help spot Ovarian Cancer. Please also consider taking a moment to share this post with all the important women in your life so that they’ll be aware, too.

      RIP Ashley Luther / Elly Mayday

      XOX Cherry Velvet