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Well, frock stars, Frocktober 2015 was a roaring success! 34 dresses in 31 days, and a whopping $2598.95 raised for the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation.

Thank you to every single person who made a donation, including Andy, Nicky & Mark, Sandra, Steve & Lil, Cristi & Sabdha, Adrienne & Kieran, Patrick & Thoa, Cat, Marilyn & Mick, Mum & Dad, Cara, Meredith, Mette, Jessica, May-Nee and Richard, Felicity & Sarah, Greg & Mick, Ange, Mirella, Sarah, Diana, Emily, Luke, Natasha & Liss, Kylie, Erin & Maria, Brian, Jamie, Emma, Susan, Bernie, Eleanor, Kerrie & Dy, Al, Fiona, Lel, Jan, Orla & Ken, Sacha & Anna, Fionnuala, Bethia, KristenĀ and all the staff at Wyndham City Council who enjoyed the morning tea or made donations afterwards.

If you had been meaning to make a donation but didn’t manage to in Frocktober, the fundraising link will still live for a while in Trackydacksvember, so it’s not too late to visit here: https://frocktober2015.everydayhero.com/au/eilis

Thanks to the Frocktober crew for letting me be an ambassador for this fabulous month. I’m proud to have been one of your top ten fundraisers this year. At last count Frocktober 2015 had raised an amazing $308,519.12 for research into ovarian cancer.12039392_945978608811073_5235932757881450999_n
A big thank you to the Mini Photographer (and the Ginger Photographer, and Rheanna, and Georgie) for taking my photos each day.

As a final word, a shout out to those of you in possession of ovaries. Please tune in to your body. If you experience:

  • Abdominal or pelvic pain,
  • Persistent abdominal bloating,
  • Needing to urinate often or urgently,
  • Feeling full after eating a small amount,
  • Changes in your bowel habits,
  • Unexplained weight gain or weight loss,
  • Bleeding in-between periods or after menopause,
  • Back pain,
  • Indigestion or nausea,
  • Excessive fatigue, or
  • Pain during intercourse,

You need to not ignore these symptoms – even though we all get some of them sometimes and we’re too busy to deal with it. Please take a note of what’s going on with your body and have a chat with your GP about it. So many women ignore or explain away these symptoms until it is too late, and ovarian cancer has already progressed. Because of this, the five year survival rate for ovarian cancer is just 40%. If caught early enough it can be treated. I’m not wanting to make you sick with worry, but I do encourage you to tune into your body and trust your instincts.

And now, I’m off to warm my ovaries in a pair of tracky dacks. Until next year: frock this town, frock it inside out.