#speculumselfie

Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust was established by James Maxwell in 1999 after his wife died from that hideous disease. Jo wanted to ensure that every woman affected by cervical cancer could get the support and information they needed.
This week, January 22nd to 29th is cervical cancer prevention week, so if you’re behind with your screening go now. Apparently take up has fallen in recent years and up to 25% of women don’t get checked, particularly younger women.
Perhaps you’re one of the ones that don’t go because you’re anxious about it, if so this page on the Jo’s Trust website will help to reassure you.

Ngozi is my daughter, this is what she says on Love your Cervix #speculumselfie
the Facebook page she’s created,

It’s the end of a busy week at Ngozi Towers, not least because I’ve just launched a new campaign to raise awareness of the importance of cervical screening in the prevention of cervical cancer.

I have teamed up with over 30 other CSP, reusables and pants makers to offer a huge range of discounts and freebies to women who take and share a #speculumselfie when they go for their smear test.
I’d really appreciate it if you could Like / Follow / Share this page to help us spread the word for a really good cause.
And if your smear test is due, or even overdue, please make the call on Monday!


Don’t be one of the nearly 4 million, go take a speculumselfie now!

http://facebook.com/speculumselfie/

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/speculumselfie

Silence

San Gimignano in Tuscany, was on my must visit list for some time and the opportunity to see it finally arrived last September. It has a reputation for being horribly touristy so I went prepared for armies of people. I was pleasantly surprised, a Monday in mid September turned out to be a god day to visit, there were plenty of people but it wasn’t as expected.

When I saw this weeks photo challenge, Silence I thought about bells, how they are silent most of the time these days, just the Sunday church chime and the occasional practice ring. Do you hear bells very often, perhaps if you live in a village?

These bells at the Loggia of the Judge in San Gimignano are unlikely to chime again.

Silence prevails, that’s rather sad don’t you think?