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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 three 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 2018.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Support Groups

Yesterday four of us who are ovarian cancer survivors gathered for support, laughter, food, and fellowship. The name of our group is Bodacious Ovarian Diva Survivors (B.O.D.S.) whose "membership" changes when we gather every two months. Since our last time together in September, four  women had passed on. We talked about their bravery, journey, and impact on each of us. We know that the rate of recurrence is 85%, which is a pretty staggering figure. The main reason for recurrence is because the diagnosis is usually so late, Stages III or IV.

Know the symptoms: bloating, abdominal pain, constipation, urinary frequency, fatigue, painful intercourse, appetite changes. They are vague, but PERSISTENCE of the symptoms is the key. Please see an gyncology-oncologist if you do have the persistence of any of these symptoms.

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