Living Large with Anicia
Shhhhhh, the things we don’t want to talk about but should, Allyson Phelan-Eagan, a former TV Host has rounded up four of her hot friends, Suzanne Stokes, Actress and Playboy playmate, Victoria Fuller, Actress, Producer and former playmate, Heather Babber, Business executive in Beverly Hills and myself to create a series of images designed to OPEN eyes and raise awareness about colorectal cancer.
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and Allyson’s #allaboutthatbassbootycampaign is designed to bring attention to the part of our body many people want to ignore. She states, “There is no need to feel embarrassed about getting a colonoscopy. We need to embrace our Booty and get checked. It can save your life.”
All of the models in Allyson’s, “BOOTY PATROL,” have been directly affected by this dreadful disease called cancer. It has taken the lives of some of our dearest loved ones. Together we collectively bring awareness by speaking out through a series of photos, which will share a message of hope and inspiration for the 31 days of March.
As we all look healthy and glamorous, it’s a silent reminder, we are never too beautiful to avoid cancer and to bring attention to the subject most of us want to avoid – C A N C E R.
Allyson was diagnosed with Stage 3 colorectal cancer in February of 2012. After 8 months of chemotherapy, 2 months of radiation, 2 major surgeries, several outpatient procedures and a whole lot of pain she finally crushed cancer and began to immediately give back by producing interviews with doctors, survivors, caretakers, health professionals and more. She also began mentoring those newly diagnosed and speaking about her experience, the challenges and how to overcome cancer not only physically but also mentally and emotionally as well. Her main motivation to LIVE were her children, Sophia and Connor who we only 4 and 6 at the time. Allyson said nothing was going to stop her from raising them… including cancer.
How can Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month make a difference?
We can use this month to raise awareness about colorectal cancer and take action toward prevention. Communities, organizations, families, and individuals can get involved and spread the word.
Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancer. Anyone can get cancer and nearly 137,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with colorectal cancer each year and over 50,000 die. It is overall the third most common cause of cancer death in the U.S., behind lung cancer and breast cancer in women.
Colorectal cancer affects people in all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people age 50 and older but that wasn’t the case for Allyson who began having symptoms at 42. Colorectal cancer is not reserved only for the 50 and older group anymore.
The good news here is, if you have unusual symptoms, don’t wait, and make an appointment with a GI specialist in your area. And, if everyone age 50 and older were screened regularly, 6 out of 10 deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented. Communities, health professionals, and families should work together to encourage people to get screened.
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“Life should be glamorous and fabulous and we want all of you to keep on #LIVINGLARGE…Life as it should be!!”
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