First, I’d like to apologize for being so damn RUDE and not posting a blog since JANUARY!
Second, I’ll warn you that this post consists of some profanity and it will give you more insight into my life.
Third, it will end in a positive way, I promise!
Rewind almost 2 years ago . . . about a week after seeing a good friend of mine pass away from a rare form of Cancer, I was sitting outside of my best friend’s house about to leave. As I’m about to start my car, I get a call from my mom (I knew it was important because she started the call by asking me if I am sitting down). Her voice cracked as she said . . . “Zia has Cancer”. As soon as I heard the “Ca-” in her sentence, it felt like the whole world was caving in and the universe was just spinning so fast around me. Immediately, tears flowed down my face and I kept asking “why?”, “are you sure?”, “how?”. Of course my mom didn’t have the answers to those questions. Aside: For those of you who don’t know, my Zia is my aunt but she’s actually more like my second mom & sister all in one. So naturally, after realizing those questions can’t be answered, I immediately became the “Positive Pauly” that I am; I finished the convo by telling my mom, Zia will be ok and everything will be fine. Meanwhile, never in a million years had I imagined that someone as close to me as my Zia would EVER get Cancer.
Now fast forward a year, after Zia finished chemo, got her female organs removed; she found out the Cancer stemmed from her ovaries (scary after seeing the stats). . . Zia is Cancer free! “YES! I knew it! I knew she would be ok”, I thought to myself. Now life goes on . . . I thought everything would go back to normal . . . lol key word is thought.
About 8 months after being pronounced cancer free, doesn’t she go to get a check up? Lo and behold, she finds out her cancer has come back . . . this time, it’s in multiple organs. Great.
Sooooo, at this point I was like honestly, I need to do something. I thought to myself, “How could she be Cancer-free and then have it re-occur eight months later? Oh ya, because Cancer is a b i t c h”. There neeeeeeds to be more research done on Ovarian Cancer, you know why?
Ovarian Cancer is the 5th most common cancer in women and is the most fatal women’s cancer; the five-year survival rates range from 30-45% (American Cancer Society, 2016). This is mostly because it’s silent (sneaky little bitch). There is no way to screen for it and once women find out they have it, they’re already at a later stage. As Zia says, “Ovarian Cancer is overlooked – yet every woman in the world is at risk”.
For this my friends, is the precisely why for the month of April (leading up to Ovarian Cancer Day on May 8), I’ll be running a campaign called “Protect Your Petunias . . . with Flower Boxes”. It’s a campaign all about women; to raise awareness about this “silent bitch”. So that maybe one day, we’ll have some way to screen for it and in turn, survival rates will increase.
10% of every box sold from April 1 – May 8, 2018 will be donated to the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation (reason why I chose PMCF: my aunt has been doing her treatment at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and has had nothing but great things to say about her doctors and the staff) in support of Ovarian Cancer research. Click here to see it’s legit.
So please, help us Protect Your Petunias by purchasing a For Always Flower Company box!
Update: We were able to donate the proceeds of 40+ preserved rose boxes to the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation in support of Ovarian Cancer research. Thank YOU so much for your support, it really means a lot to my family and I.