Sad News! Ovarian Cancer patient Mayowa Ahmed has DIED!

Mayowa Ahmed, the cancer patient whose story went viral several weeks ago, has died. The 28-year-old aspiring business woman died in noon today, August 21st, in a hospital in South Africa after a lengthy battle with Ovarian cancer. She was flown to South Africa on August 11th for treatment after well-meaning Nigerians raised over N100million for her treatment. Her relatives announced the sad news via social media. May her soul rest in peace, amen. See what they tweeted below…

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Venus & Serena Williams’ dad Richard, 74, suffers stroke and memory loss…

Sad news for Venus & Serena Williams. According to reports, their dad Richard Williams suffered a stroke last week and he’s now experiencing debilitating memory loss.

Before the Williams sisters hit the grassy tennis court at Wimbledon in London, their father Richard Williams had a serious health crisis.

Richard’s current wife Lakeisha Williams allegedly confirmed the unfortunate news to RadarOnline revealing he was hospitalized last week and has been experiencing debilitating memory loss.

“His condition is fair – he’s up and walking around but he’s not at 100 percent,” Lakeisha told the site.

Serena went on to win her 22nd Grand Slam title and she also copped the Doubles trophy with her sister Venus. She did mention after her Singles win that her father couldn’t be there, and she blew him a kiss.

 

 

Anne Welsh shares her vision for Sickle Cell disease in honor of ‘World Sickle Cell Day’…

World Sickle Cell Day 19th June 2016 – #‎teamsicklecell. “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill.

I have always been passionate about sickle cell and its issues, especially in Africa. This sensitivity towards the issue goes back to since I can remember knowing I had the disease. It was a very special day for me, when the United Nations recognised sickle cell as a public health priority on the 19th of June 2008. I firmly believe that all sickle cell sufferers around the world need love and motivation.

World Sickle Cell Day has been chosen to celebrate every year the disease in order to raise awareness around the world.

What is sickle cell disease?
A child can get sickle cell anemia, when he/she inherits from each parent, two copies of a defective gene. As a result of this mutation, the red blood cells collapse and take a crescent moon – like shape. These cells are now called sickle cells, which clump together and are unable to carry oxygen throughout the body. This sickling of red blood cells also causes blockages of blood vessels. The reduced oxygen and hampered blood flow leads to chronic pain. Also the patients becomes more vulnerable to many infections.

For me, it’s just such a wonderful initiative to bring the attention of this un-seen disease to the public and to the attention of health care authorities. Selfishly, as a sufferer, I just participate and work in areas that are very important to me, meaning bringing light to sickle cell disease through both online and offline avenues.

Sickle cell disease is truly a global challenge and an international health problem.

Let us look at some key facts about the disease:
¤ 5% of the total world’s population carries trait genes for haemoglobin disorders like sickle cell disease.
¤ 300, 000 babies are born every year with severe haemoglobin disorder.90% of these die in first five years of their lives.
¤ Origin of SCD can be traced to 4 places in Africa. 25% of people of West and Central Africa have sickle cell trait with 1 – 2% of babies being born with SCD.
¤ In Nigeria, every year 45,000 – 90, 000 babies are born with SCD.
¤ It is predicted that by 2050, each year 400,000 babies would be born with SCD. With Nigeria and Congo contributing 140, 000 and 40, 000 respectively.
Sickle Cell Disease is no doubt, a Global Public Health Issue! Apart from many Middle East countries, India and Sri Lanka, have also been associated with the condition. The numbers are projected to increase globally with a gained momentum in global movement of people to developed countries.
There is no cure for Sickle Cell Anaemia

The disease affects the psychological, physiological and social well-being of the individual. Despite of SDC being one of the most common rare disease, the associated health related stigma is never highlighted.
Prolonged hospitalisations for SCD individuals can be a cause of social deprivation. The situation becomes worse during adolescence. As the SCD young individuals also have late sex maturation, delayed growth, small body mass, many-a-times the mainstream society isolates them. The SCD adolescents may feel embarrassed and experience low self-esteem. Also SCD pain crises cannot be objectively scored and this lack of objective assessment causes delay and negatively affects this vulnerable population. Moreover, many clinicians may wrongfully see this to be a drug seeking behavior, which adds to the stigma. The stigma is also linked with racial stereotyping and mistrust leading to a problematic dialogue between the clinician and the sufferer. This negative pain management experience may find the sufferer being sucked into depression and anxiety. The frequent hospitalisation, loss of employment leads to low self-esteem and hopelessness and suicidal ideations.
As a sufferer of sickle cell disease, this is an issue, which I feel is very much neglected around the world. In this day and age there should be a cure and children should no longer die from this condition. Through talking about it and using my voice as experience and a platform, I am able to be part of a part of real, long-term solution for giving security, and wisdom, and knowledge and empowerment to sufferers.

This year, the world sickle cell day 2016, is another special day to celebrate breaking the silence of sickle cell and get more people to talk about the issues and how we can get more hospitals to understand our pain and an increased care for adult with sickle cell disease. The theme this year #‎teamsicklecell calls for voices of carer and patients to be heard by encouraging people to have the power to inspire, connect and unify people by telling our own story

“The goal is to really end the endless pain sufferers have to endure each time they have a sickle cell crises. Having more voices heard……

For more information on my life with sickle cell visit my website www.anne-welsh.com #‎teamsicklecell

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One-year-old baby with sexual urges diagnosed with ‘early puberty’ condition

A one-year-old boy in India who developed pubic hair and sexual urges has been diagnosed with a rare hormonal condition. The toddler, known only as Akash, was found to have the testosterone level of a 25-year-old.
This meant he had adult-sized genitalia, facial and body hair and his voice was starting to break.
Doctors now say he is suffering from precocious puberty – defied as any child who goes through puberty before the age of seven or eight. Continue to read…

Akash’s parents first noticed something was wrong six months ago.
His genitals were growing abnormally big, while the rest of his body was too small compared to other children his age.
The child’s unnamed mother told the Hindustan Times: ‘We thought maybe he was just a big baby, so we did not take him to the doctor.
‘But by the time he was one, it was apparent there was something wrong.
‘My mother-in-law, who has taken care of several children in the family, also said that his growth seemed unnatural. That is when we took him to the doctor.’ Continue to read below…

Precocious puberty is a rare condition. The youngest mother on record, Lina Medina, gave birth at the age of five years and seven months in Peru in 1939, and became an international celebrity at the time.
Her parents had assumed her growing abdomen was due to a tumour. But when remedies failed to cure it, her father took her to hospital.

Just one month later she astounded the world by giving birth to a boy – and becoming the the youngest mother in history aged just five years and seven months.

Akash’s doctor, Vaishakhi Rustagi, told the Hindustan Times: ‘Precocious puberty is traumatic for a child of his age and it makes them violent – his muscle strength increased to a level that even his parents couldn’t control him.’

Another danger is that the child will stop growing prematurely, therefore remaining 3-4ft tall for life.
The toddler has now been given medication to relieve his symptoms – at least until he is old enough to understand his condition, doctors said.

Source: Daily Mail

 

Health & Wellness: 26-year-old woman suffers stroke caused by BIRTH CONTROL

Jordan Ward nearly died of stroke last year. The 26-year-old, busy with work and wedding planning, was suffering from headaches, blurred vision, vomiting and nausea.

“Honestly, I was just very overwhelmed with a tension headache,” she said.

She refused to see a doctor until her fiance forced her to go the emergency room. Doctors thought she had migraines and sent her home, but the symptoms persisted.

The couple returned the next day. A CAT scan revealed something Ward couldn’t believe.

She suffered a kind of stroke, where a large clot blocked a network of veins in her brain.

“When I did get the news, I was in shock. I’m 26 years old,” Ward said.

The cause? Oral contraceptives.

Dr. George Teitelbaum, the medical director of the Providence Neurovascular Center, said oral contraceptives containing hormones raise the risk for dangerous blood clots, especially if a woman smokes, which Ward did.

“The brain swelling can become severe enough that somebody can be thrown into a coma. They can even die,” Teitelbaum said.

Teitelbaum and his team removed the clot during an endovascular procedure. Eight days later, Jordan left the hospital without any neurological effects.

She credits her fiance’s persistence for saving her life. Their June wedding is going on as planned.

“I’m so thankful for so many things, but especially for the fact that I still get to marry the man of my dreams,” Ward said.

Ward urges all women who take birth control pills to talk to their doctor to understand their risks.

“I would just want people to really read those label signs. Listen, dig deeper, try to gain an understanding, because you could save your own life,” she said.

Teitelbaum recommends avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol and making a conscious effort to stay hydrated.

Source: ABC7  News

 

27 year old woman had her period for FIVE YEARS straight… says she ‘knew it wasn’t right’ but was ‘too embarrassed to talk about it’

27 year old woman, Chloe Christos, had her period continuously for five years. The Perth resident suffers from a bleeding disorder that prevents her blood from clotting properly, and when she first started to bleed at 14 years old, it simply did not stop.

‘Day to day my life was literally being cared for by my mother,’ Miss Christos told Daily Mail Australia.

‘I couldn’t do anything … I was fainting a lot, I had dangerously low blood pressure, and it wasn’t really a good idea for me to drive or go out.

‘I really love being physically active, and that is what was most frustrating for me.
‘Every single day I was in the sick bay at my school.’

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Miss Christos said on average, women lose between 20 and 60 millilitres of blood throughout the course of their period.

Anything over 80mL is considered a heavy bleed, and people who lose that amount can be diagnosed with a condition called menorrhagia.

But in the space of just four days, Miss Christos could lose more than 500mL, or half a litre, of blood.
The art director and stylist told ABC News the condition saw her develop extreme anemia, and despite undergoing weekly iron transfusions, her iron level remained dangerously low.

‘I knew it wasn’t quite right, but I was also embarrassed to talk about it. I felt very different and pretty alone,’ Ms Christos stold ABC News.

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Miss Christos, now 27, was diagnosed with Von Willebrand disease: an inherited bleeding disorder.

People with the condition have a problem with the protein in their blood that helps control bleeding, meaning it takes longer for blood to clot and for bleeding to stop.

Miss Christos also has low levels of the blood clotting protein factor VIII, a condition commonly associated with haemophilia.

Despite her diagnosis, Miss Christos continued to suffer.

She was put on a synthetic drug that targeted the low factor levels in her blood, but even after seven years, she continued to experience ‘terrible’ side effects.

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The drug would stop the bleeding for about 12 hours, but as soon as the drug wore off it would start again.

She continued to look for treatment options, and it was even suggested she undergo a hysterectomy – a procedure she declined.

Miss Christos stopped taking the synthetic drug, but it only made her condition worsen.
‘It held me back in so many ways,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.

The Perth resident reached out to a haemophilia centre in Adelaide, and was given a blood product mostly prescribed to men who suffer from haemophilia.

The treatment – which she uses at the beginning of each cycle – worked, and less than one month ago she had her first regular period that lasted just four to five days.

‘It’s the difference between being hospitalised for two weeks of the month and taking two paracetamol and having a heat pack for one day,’ she said.

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While she has found a treatment that works for her, Miss Christos now aims to advocate for equal rights to quality of care and access to treatment for women with bleeding disorders globally.

World Federation of Hemophilia chief executive Alain Baumann told ABC News that for years people thought only men could suffer from haemophilia, while women would simply carry the gene and not present symptoms.

Miss Christos has started a Go Fund Me page as she hopes to attend the World Federation of

Hemophilia World Congress in Orlando in July to further her cause.

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On the page she shared her personal experience and the ‘discrimination’ she experienced when seeking treatment.

‘When needing assistant to help control severe bleeding episodes that there is a great lack of education and awareness about bleeding disorders and that they can happen amongst women,’ she wrote on her page.

‘I found it particularly hard at times for even doctors to treat me equally when presenting at emergency rooms and being refused treatment altogether because I’m either a female or not taken seriously, and still do to this day.

‘This has been mostly due to a lack of knowledge and awareness and this happens all over the world.’
Miss Christos said she would like to see the Australian government fund a data project for women with bleeding disorders.

She said it is often not known if drugs previously prescribed to men would be suitable in treating female related bleeds, and doctors are therefore reluctant to let women trial the drugs.

‘Getting the right diagnosis first of all is an issue in itself,’ she said.
‘Helping people find an adequate treatment plan, that’s another thing.’

 

Culled from: Daily Mail

 

Toronto former mayor Rob Ford dies after 18-month battle with cancer…

Former Toronto mayor Rob Ford reportedly died Tuesday after an 18-month battle with cancer.

Ford, who became world famous for his crack scandal while in office, was diagnosed with pleomorphic liposarcoma in 2014 after a tumor was found in his abdomen. He underwent surgeries and multiple rounds of chemotherapy, but the cancer proved too strong.

Ford, who served as mayor from 2010 to 2014, was caught on video smoking crack on multiple occasions during his term. He admitted to using the drug though denied he was an addict.

He died at Mount Sinai hospital in Canada — surrounded by his family. Ford is survived by his wife and 2 children. May his soul rest in peace.

 

South African gay singer, Koyo Bala, dies of Anal cancer…

After battling anal cancer for a couple of years, South African gay singer and socialite, Koyo Bala, has succumbed to his illness. His family and friends announced the news of his death on Twitter.

37-year-old Bala, who was a member of the group, 3Sum, was also HIV positive. He had undergone surgery, chemotherapy and radiation in the past years.

Bala died on March 7th at Groote Schuur hospital in Cape Town.

Molingoana told City Press that Bala’s condition didn’t look promising when he dropped him off at OR Tambo International Airport on the way to the hospital:

“His condition had deteriorated. He couldn’t even walk, he had to use a wheelchair.”

Koyo, who disclosed his HIV status in 2012, had been living with the pains of the cancer for years and, according to close associates, had battled long and had trusted that God could heal him.

He once told a magazine that he was stronger that his HIV.

“HIV won’t be the end of me … I am HIV-positive and as a celebrity and someone who is openly gay it is important to come out.

I want to use my bubbly personality to help those struggling to come to terms with their status and instil a sense of hope.”

A month before he died, precisely on February 13, 2016, Bala had tweeted:
“I pray to God every day to pass this cancer. It’s hard, it pains, I’ll win this battle, I won’t give up. I can’t sleep of pain.”

He also quoted copiously from the Bible in other tweets.

Continue to see one of his final tweets,  as well as condolences from friends who are mourning his death;

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Johnson & Johnson must pay $72 million for ovarian-cancer death linked to talcum powder…

 

A Missouri jury has awarded $72m to the family of a woman who died from ovarian cancer, which she said was caused by using Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder and other products containing talcum.

The civil suit by Jackie Fox of Birmingham, Alabama, was part of a broader claim in the city of St. Louis circuit court involving nearly 60 people. Her son took over as plaintiff following his mother’s October 2015 death at 62, more than two years after her diagnosis.

Marvin Salter of Jacksonville, Florida, said his late mother, who was a foster parent, used the brand of talcum powder as a bathroom staple for decades. “It just became second nature, like brushing your teeth,” he said. “It’s a household name.”

An attorney for Fox said the jury verdict Monday night, which came after nearly five hours of deliberations at the conclusion of a three-week trial, was the first such case among more than 1,000 nationally to result in a jury’s monetary award.

The jury said that Fox was entitled to $10m in actual damages and $62m in punitive damages. Attorney James Onder said he “absolutely” expects Johnson & Johnson – the world’s biggest maker of healthcare products – to appeal the verdict.

The New Jersey-based company previously has been targeted by health and consumer groups over possibly harmful ingredients in items including in its Johnson’s No More Tears baby shampoo.

In May 2009, a coalition of groups called the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics began pushing Johnson & Johnson to eliminate questionable ingredients from its baby and adult personal care products. After three years of petitions, negative publicity and a boycott threat, the company agreed in 2012 to eliminate the ingredients 1,4-dioxane and formaldehyde, both considered probable human carcinogens, from all products by 2015.

Spokeswoman Carol Goodrich said that the company was considering its next legal move. In a written statement, she said the verdict “goes against decades of sound science proving the safety of talc as a cosmetic ingredient in multiple products,” citing supportive research by the US Food and Drug Administration and National Cancer Institute.

In the trial, Fox’s attorneys introduced into evidence a September 1997 internal memo from a Johnson & Johnson medical consultant suggesting that “anybody who denies [the] risks” between “hygenic” talc use and ovarian cancer would be publicly perceived in the same light as those who denied a link between smoking cigarettes and cancer: “Denying the obvious in the face of all evidence to the contrary.”

Talc is a naturally occurring mineral, mined from the soil and composed of magnesium, silicon, oxygen, and hydrogen. It is widely used in cosmetics and personal care products, such as talcum powder, to absorb moisture, prevent caking and improve the product’s feel.

Nora Freeman Engstrom, a Stanford University law professor not involved in the Missouri case, said it was unlikely the $72m award would survive, noting that the US Supreme Court, in a recent series of rulings, has maintained that appeal courts clamp down on punitive damages.

“Big jury verdicts do tend to be reined in during the course of the appellate process, and I expect that to be the case here,” she told Associated Press.

Monday’s verdict “doesn’t bode well for Johnson & Johnson” as it faces at least 1,200 still-pending lawsuits and possibly thousands more, she said.

“This case clearly was a bellwether, and clearly the jury has seen the evidence and found it compelling,” she said, concluding “the jury was distressed by the company’s conduct”.

 

 

 

R.I.P. Celine Dion’s brother DIES from CANCER just days after her husband passed away!

What a week this woman has had! Just days after losing her beloved husband, the superstar’s older brother Daniel has also died from cancer. Daniel was 59 years old. He passed away early Saturday morning in their native Montreal. He had been fighting brain, tongue and throat cancer. Celine’s husband, Rene Angelil, passed Thursday from throat cancer. May their souls rest in peace, amen.