In the daily, weekly, or longer challenges of life...
are they as big as a fruit fly?
Do you fret and get angry over any of these events?
**A slow driver
**Someone who budges in front of you in traffic
**A long line at the store
**Computers answering your phone calls
**Or any other myriad of daily events that frustrate you.
Do you clench your jaw, tighten your hands, raise your voice, increase your blood pressure?
Well, my husband and I have had an epiphany and we laugh and say, "Is this as big as a fruit fly?"
A few weeks ago we had a lot of fruit flies due to fruit left out of the refrigerator. They were a nuisance, but not as much of a problem as when Hurricane Matthew was threatening our home, when my husband had three surgeries in a two month time, when I was rediagnosed with ovarian cancer, when unexpected medical bills came due, or other more important issues than fruit flies! We did eliminate the fruit flies and now keep our fruit in the refrigerator.
We survived Matthew, my husband is recovering well, I am being treated with chemotherapy, and the bills are getting paid!
I want to introduce you to a remarkable woman who has not let the "fruit flies" of her life rule her. She has faced some unbelievable challenges with strength and faith. Her name is Gwen Plano, an author extraordinaire.
I encourage and invite you to read her book, Letting Go Into Perfect Love.
Visit Gwen at her web site: http://www.gwenplano.com/
Life is not about the small things, like fruit flies!
- Karen Ingalls
- My journey as a writer began as a child. I wrote poems and short stories which were my way of dealing with various life changing events. I am a member of Rave Reviews Book Club. Follow me on Twitter @KIngallsAuthos www.facebook.com/KarenIngalls, and you can find my books at www.amazon.com. My first book is Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir which received two awards. All proceeds are donated to gynecologic cancer research. My second book is a novel Novy's Son, about one man's attempt to find love and acceptance from his father. This is an all too common problem in our society. My third book, Davida: Model and Mistress of Augustus Saint-Gaudens is about the love affair between this great American sculptor and his model. ALL ORIGINAL CONTENT COPYRIGHT 2011 THROUGH 2016.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
I found this Internet piece so uplifting I had to share it with all of you. I do not usually do my blogs in this fashion but I found the information so good and the ending so true, I had to share it with you just as I received it.
NOW ENJOY & SHARE:
Friday, September 30, 2016
"Keep your face to the sunshine,
and you cannot see the shadows."
What a beautiful and very meaningful philosophy. To think that such a quote from a
woman who never saw the sun shine. Perhaps her eyes physically did not see the
beauty of the sun's rays, her soul/spirit saw them. At a deep level that many of us
do not reach, she knew that seeing shadows was self-destructive and unhealthy.
Those of us who have had to hear the words, "You have cancer" wanted to retreat
into the shadows. We could not see the sun for a period of time. For some of us it
might be only for a few days, others months, and a few never step out of the shadows.
When I was diagnosed for the first time in 2008 with ovarian cancer, I went into a cocoon
for a couple of days grieving and adjusting to what was now my new life. I asked questions.
I researched. I prayed. I leaned on the shoulders of friends and let the hugs from them
and family help me to lift my eyes up to the sunshine.
In 2014 I was diagnosed again with two tumors, one in the lung and one in the pelvis.
I was shocked because I felt so good and had no symptoms. I was put on chemo-
therapy for two years. I continued to live each day to the fullest trying to follow
God's will. Still I researched, prayed, and had the arms of family and friends to
Three days ago I learned that once again I have a cancerous tumor. I will be having
extensive surgery and probably chemotherapy. I know that your love, support, and
prayers will help me outshine the cancer. My faith in God is strong and I know that
He is with me every step of the way. As long as I keep my eyes on Him (on the sunshine),
I will not be in the shadows of despair and fear.
No matter what challenge, disease, or cancer
we face, we must never lose
Friday, September 23, 2016
What is recent research discovering about
ovarian cancer treatments?
Here are a variety of articles that you might find
informative, and may even answer some questions.
The Lancet study also used CA125, but in a different way. Instead of declaring a certain level abnormal, the researchers developed a mathematical formula that took into account a woman’s age and the degree of change in CA125 over time, and calculated a risk score.
An advocacy group, the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, issued a statement that called the study promising, but said much more data analysis was needed to determine whether the test would be useful.
Answers from Shannon K. Laughlin-Tommaso, M.D.
Yes, you still have a risk of ovarian cancer or a type of cancer that acts just like it (primary peritoneal cancer) if you've had a hysterectomy.
Your risk depends on the type of hysterectomy you had:
Partial hysterectomy or total hysterectomy. A partial hysterectomy removes your uterus, and a total hysterectomy removes your uterus and your cervix. Both procedures leave your ovaries intact, so you can still develop ovarian cancer.
Total hysterectomy with salpingo-oophorectomy. This procedure removes your cervix and uterus as well as both ovaries and fallopian tubes. This makes ovarian cancer less likely to occur, but it does not remove all risk.
You still have a small risk of what's called primary peritoneal cancer, which may result from ovarian cells that migrated to the peritoneal area during each menstrual cycle before your ovaries were removed. These cells can become cancerous later on. Alternatively, since the peritoneum and ovaries arise from the same tissues during embryonic development, it's possible that cancer could arise from the cells of the peritoneum.
Currently, there are no effective screening tests for ovarian cancer in women with an average risk of the disease. If you're concerned about your risk, discuss your options with your doctor.
Shannon K. Laughlin-Tommaso, M.D.
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