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My journey as a writer began as a child, but my first published book came as a result of my ovarian cancer diagnosis. The title is Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir which received two awards. All proceeds are donated to gynecologic cancer research. I am a member of Rave Reviews Book Club. Follow me on Twitter @KIngallsAuthor www.facebook.com/KarenIngalls, and you can find my books at www.amazon.com. ALL ORIGINAL CONTENT COPYRIGHT 2011 THROUGH 2017.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Joyful news as I got another clean bill of health from the oncologist. He is encouraged that I have been free of any relapse even though my ovarian cancer cell was Malignant Mixed Mullerian Tumor (mmmt), which is an aggressive sarcoma.
I continue to work on my book Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir, which is now in the hands of the book designer. I hope to educate and inspire women and their partners about the signs, tests, and treatments for this cancer. There is so little information out there so we need to speak out.
My journey with cancer has been as much a spiritual one as it was physical and emotional. God became an important part of my life when I was a teenager, and I have not lost sight of Him since. I cannot imagine going through the challenge of any cancer without a strong belief and trust in God. I have leaned on His shoulders many times.
I welcome you to share your story about ovarian cancer, because we can all learn from AND be supportive of each other. God bless you.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Facing Ovarian Cancer

It might be raining outside, but I am full of sunshine. My CA-125 test result was 9.0. Next month I will celebrate my third year of remission after diagnosis and surgery for ovarian cancer. I was Stage IIC.
I have learned so much about this deadly form of cancer that I want to share my limited knowledge with EVERYONE. I feel great responsibility to educate women and their partners about those whispering symptoms: bloating, abdominal pain, change in bowels and urine, full feeling quickly or difficulty eating, fatigue, painful intercourse, or menstrual irregularities. Persistence of these symptoms is the key. See your gynecologist and request a referral to an oncology-gynecologist.

I am a retired registered nurse and my symptoms of bloating and constipation did not alert me. I just figured I needed to exercise more and eat less (except eat more prunes)! What a surprise when I went for my annual PAP smear and the tumor was palpated. From there it was the nightmare of CT's, MRI's, and an appointment with an oncology-gynecologist. Surgery and chemo followed to destroy the sarcoma (mmmt) that had invaded my body.

My experience with ovarian cancer was, and continues to be, not only a physical/emotional one, but a very spiritual one. I have often used journaling as a tool to help me in the past. It continues to fill an important role for me even today. Blogging is one way of journaling...it does not have to be in a spiral bound notebook.

Friends and family asked to see my journal, which is now in the process of becoming a published book. It is my hope that this book will educate, encourage, and support not just those of us facing cancer, but anyone facing a challenge.

I invite you to share your experience with ovarian cancer, because the more informed we are the more we can learn. We need to be supportive of each other in a positive, loving way. So I request that we avoid negativity or unsubstantiated information. I only say this because when I was in the early stages of searching for information, I found a few blogs that were not providing accurate information.