Frocking Fabulous

Frocking Fabulous

For the second spring in a row there’s been an interesting looking local popping up around the place.  He’s frequently seen grabbing a coffee or a beer and has even been spotted mowing the lawn. You might recognise him better in a suit, but for the month of October, 6 foot tall bearded Graham spends 31 days looking frocking fantastic!

 

Graham is fiercely fundraising for Frocktober…

FROCKTOBER is the month long fundraiser designed to raise vital funds and awareness for the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation. Wearing a frock has the potential to start important  conversations, raise awareness of the lack of an early detection method, the vague symptoms and how we as a community can support vital research.

 

 

Sadly Graham and his family lost his lovely wife Lisa to ovarian cancer just over two years ago. Ovarian cancer is one of the most lethal and least understood cancers and one woman dies every 8 hours from ovarian cancer. 

He shares his thoughts and lessons on wearing dresses (totally hilarious!) and little stories along the way.  You can see Graham’s love for his wife and his concern for both his daughters and all women, in the way he is so determined to raise as much money as possible. Last year he raised almost $35,000 how absolutely incredible is that! This year he plans to blow it out of the water, and man I hope he does. 

You can donate directly here, or you can follow his instagram Love Your Ovaries and bid on the dresses he wears, he auctions them off every few days.  You can also buy tickets to Graham’s  Frocktober 2022 Charity Auction being held at Scarborough Harbour Brewing Co Friday 28th October from 6:30.  There will be live music, raffles and over $10k worth of auction items, you can get tickets to that awesome event here. I really hope he has a special frock up his fashionable sleeves for that night, I’m thinking  full ball gown would be appropriate? Ooh or maybe multiple dress changes? 

Bless him for being such a great guy, getting out in a dress and drawing attention to himself to start super important conversations. I didn’t know much about ovarian cancer at all, before I stumbled upon Graham last year. I assumed (wrongly) that it would be picked up in a Pap smear… nope. 

Here’s a list of the symptoms…are you ready for this…

  • Vague abdominal pain or pressure
  • Feeling of abdominal fullness, gas, nausea, indigestion—different to your normal sensations
  • Sudden abdominal swelling, weight gain or bloating
  • Persistent changes in bowel or bladder patterns
  • Low backache or cramps
  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Unexplained weight loss

How ridiculously vague is that! Honestly this reminds me of when you google symptoms on webMD and all of a sudden convince yourself you’re critically ill…except this time it’s no joke.

This is literally the most common signs to watch for. I could probably experience most of these within a week…and that’s the biggest problem, most people with ovaries and their doctors pass it off as common “female complaints”. 

There is currently no early detection test available for ovarian cancer, the only way for it to be diagnosed is a physical examination or blood test which are both incredibly unreliable. A CT scan of the abdomen and pelvis can be done however this is not a definitive diagnosis, there must be a tissue sample collected which requires surgery. 

Because of the incredibly vague symptoms and difficulty diagnosing almost 70% of ovarian cancer cases in Australia are diagnosed in stages 3 or 4…which is far too late. 

Graham’s fundraising is so important the money will allow research to continue into a early detection test, but so is spreading the message and awareness of this shocking disease. Thank you so much Graham, from ovaries owners everywhere, and their families. Thank you for starting the conversation xx

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