When my friend Judy, of BeautyJudy.com, emailed me and asked me to paint my toes for a project she was working on I thought it was a unique request. But of course, I said “sure, no problem.”
I like having my toes painted pretty and I most certainly like the color she suggested in her email – teal.
She followed her request by asking me to take a picture of my freshly painted toes and email the picture to her. I stopped and thought about it for a minute. I have horrible feet. I am not one of those women blessed with beautiful feet. Now, my sister, SHE has pretty feet. My feet are damaged from running cross-country and track and years as a cheerleader in high school. Followed by way too many years wearing ridiculously high heels on the job, my feet are “FUGLY.”
Yet, in the end, I did it! I painted my toes a beautiful teal, took a picture and emailed it to Judy. Judy then helped my painted toes go down in history. She made my toes part of the Teal Toes® movement.
Teal Toes® encourages people to paint their toenails teal, the color of Ovarian Cancer Awareness, during September, Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. The painted teal toes are supposed to spark conversation and help raise awareness.
According to Teal Toes®, “each year in the United States, more than 21,000 women are diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer and about 15,000 women die of the disease (from the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance). Too many women with Ovarian Cancer do not get diagnosed until their cancer has spread. Their survival rate is 45%. The survival rate improves greatly – to 93 percent – if the cancer is diagnosed at an early stage before it has spread. Only 19 percent of Ovarian Cancer cases are diagnosed at this local stage. Approximately 75 percent of Ovarian Cancer cases are diagnosed at an advanced stage after the cancer has spread beyond the ovary. Historically Ovarian Cancer was called the “silent killer” because symptoms were not thought to develop until the chance of cure was poor. However, recent studies have shown this term is untrue and that symptoms are much more likely to occur in women with Ovarian Cancer than women in the general population. These symptoms include: bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, difficulty eating or feeling full quickly, and urinary symptoms (urgency or frequency).”
You can find out more about Teal Toes®, and their ovarian cancer movement at www.TealToes.org. You gotta love and respect projects like this; this project clearly has heart.
Thank you to my buddy, Judy, for including me in her fantastic efforts to support Teal Toes®. You can join me, and Judy, to help raise awareness by painting your toes teal. There is still a about a week left in September to join the cause.
Now, for the unveil, here is how my Teal Toes turned out.