I made my dog a new bed. He loves it really, he just always looks like a grumpy bastard. First time on a sewing machine since art school I am SHIT proud of myself. If any of you lot have a project you want to start but can’t find kick ass fabric I recommend the FabricYard.co.uk. Great big selection run by an amazing woman. Get looking!
An issue very close to my heart. Going to be ignorant and assume the majority who see this will be young(er). Please know the signs and symptoms of cancer in young adults!
(From the Teenage Cancer Trust) Learn the five most common signs of cancer in young people aged 13 to 24. These are PERSISTENT AND UNEXPLAINED:
An unexplained lump or swelling anywhere in the body
Any bleeding or bruising that isn’t normal
Unexplained weight loss
Pain that either gets worse or doesn‘t get better
Very bad headaches
Very bad and unexplained tiredness (fatigue)
Changes in the size, shape and colour of a mole on your skin
A cough, sore throat or a hoarse voice that won’t go away
A change in bowel habits
- (I would also add, for those with wombs, abnormal changes in your cycle!)
In the UK from a 2012 survey, two thirds (61%) of young people with cancer visited their GPs with at least one of the most common cancer symptoms, yet for a third (28%) GP’s took no action. A quarter (26%) visited GPs four times or more before their symptoms were taken seriously and they were referred to a specialist.
Cancer in young adults is rare, but when it does appear, it is often brushed off as growing pains. This leads to late diagnosis and often more complicated treatment later on. Unfortunately, until better education for schools and GPs is introduced (and we start listening to wonderful people like Kris Hallenga), you need to be persistent. Know your body, and know when it’s telling you something is different.
Until we get rid of this ‘orrible malarkey, early detection is key.
Hospital rebrands chemotherapy as DC-themed “superformula” for kids
Chemotherapy is never fun, but A.C.Camargo Cancer Center in São Paulo is trying to make it easier for children to accept the treatment. They’re rebranding the treatment as “superformula” and using comics to help kids understand chemo.
Buzzfeed’s Copyranter blog explains that the cancer center is working with ad agency JWT, which also works with Warner Bros. The idea was to help children believe in the power of chemotherapy to make them ultimately better. They’re not just covering the chemo cases with superhero logos; they’re also giving pediatric cancer patients comic books in which the heroes experience something similar to cancer and must receive a similar treatment formulated by doctors. And in the comics, the cases for the treatment bags look just like the cases the kids get over their own chemo bags.