Archive for September, 2009

Hearing Back from Rep. Waxman

Just thought you’d like to know what my congressman is up to!

Dear Ms. Goldsmith:

Thank you for contacting me to express your support for H. Res. 727, the National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month resolution.  I was glad to hear from you.

I completely agree that we must do more to raise awareness about ovarian cancer and actively work to find effective treatments and a cure.  As you know, if ovarian cancer is diagnosed and treated at an early stage before the cancer spreads, the survival rate is as high as 90 percent.  I look forward to supporting H.Res. 727 and other efforts in Congress to promote early recognition of all forms of cancer.

One of the best ways to make progress in the fight against cancer is to adequately fund the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  Throughout my years in Congress, I have fought aggressively for the highest possible funding levels to research, treat and prevent illnesses, and have stressed the importance of understanding warning signs and the necessity of early testing. Earlier this year, I joined with other concerned Members of Congress in a letter to House appropriators requesting an increase of at least 7% in funding for NIH in Fiscal Year 2010.  You can view this letter at, and you can be sure I will do everything I can to ensure that NIH receives these funds.

With kind regards, I am



Member of Congress


September 29, 2009 at 5:30 pm Leave a comment

Favorite Mascara

As many of you know, I’m a huge Mirenesse mascara fan.  So big a fan that when they stopped selling online in the states, I started to order from Australia.  They’d send samples of other products, such as lipsticks, cleansers, etc. – many of which I also fell in love with.

After I read “Anti-cancer:  a new way of life” (Servan-Schreiber), I started to get really conscious about what I was putting on my skin.  It’s harder than you think to avoid parabens and phthalates.  Origins is a good line here in the US, but the Mirenesse mascara was so good I just continued to use it.

I always liked the fact that Mirenesse frequently gives their profits to cancer charities in Australia.  Today I discovered that their products are organic to Australian standards, and have no parabens or other bad ingredients.

In my book, I like supporting brands that support us.  Great products + socially-conscious company = a winning formula for healthy beauty!!

P.S.  If you sign up for their mailing list, you’ll be inundated daily, but sometimes there’s a great offer that you just can’t pass by.  Shipping is just about the same as here in the US and it arrives quite quickly.

September 21, 2009 at 7:01 pm Leave a comment

On the eve of the President’s health care speech…

…a word from Bill Moyer’s – really worth the listen!

September 9, 2009 at 4:39 pm Leave a comment

Give…and maybe win a new washer/dryer!

For A Cause

This September, Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, Electrolux and Kelly Ripa are again stepping up to help raise support for OCRF.

Throughout the month, you can donate $5 to the cause1 by
texting the word “KELLY” to 85944
from your mobile phone – or by logging on to

Visitors to Kelly Confidential can further help the cause by sending a virtual T-shirt “T-mail” to a friend. For every T-mail sent, Electrolux will donate $1 to OCRF2.

In addition, every day you log on to the web site, you will be entered for a chance to win a luxury front load washer and dryer from Electrolux in Turquoise Sky, the color inspired by the teal ribbon of ovarian cancer awareness.

For more information, visit

1Standard text messaging rates apply
2With a minimum of $15K and a maximum of $20K

September 9, 2009 at 4:10 pm Leave a comment

National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month 2009

The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance sent the following press release.  They’ve also said that this Friday, September 4th, is the day we’re to wear the ovarian cancer color, teal.  Best wishes to you all!


Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release August 31, 2009

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Ovarian cancer remains the leading cause of death from
gynecologic cancer among women in the United States. Every
year, thousands are diagnosed and go on to fight the disease
with grace and dignity. National Ovarian Cancer Awareness
Month honors all those affected by this cancer and renews our
commitment to fighting an illness that takes the lives of too
many in our Nation.

Women are often diagnosed with ovarian cancer when it is
already at an advanced stage. This problem can be attributed to
a lack of effective early detection technologies and minimal or
no specific symptoms associated with the disease. By learning
more about risk factors and maintaining regular physician
consultations, women have their best chance of early detection
of ovarian cancer.

Science continues to expand our knowledge about this
illness, promising hope to those who, years ago, would be
without it. Through dedicated research, treatment outcomes
have improved for many, and we are building a foundation for
the development of evidence-based screening, which can help
diagnose the disease at the earliest possible stage when the
likelihood of cure is high.

This month we recommit to supporting the women who continue
to battle valiantly against this malady as well as all families
who are affected. National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month helps
educate women and men about the importance of knowing common
signs and symptoms, scheduling routine doctor visits, and
continuing robust scientific research. As a Nation, we are
united in our resolve to reduce incidence and improve the lives
of all those affected.

United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in
me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby
proclaim September 2009 as National Ovarian Cancer Awareness
Month. I encourage citizens, Government agencies, private
businesses, nonprofit organizations, and other interested groups
to join in activities that will increase awareness of what
Americans can do to prevent and control ovarian cancer.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this
thirty-first day of August, in the year of our Lord
two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United States
of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth.


September 1, 2009 at 8:11 pm 1 comment

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