Without dreams, there can be no courage. And without courage, there can be no action." (Wim Wenders)
I found this quote to be inspiring and helpful particularly when I think about the second line of the Serenity Prayer. I have always had dreams about the kind of person I wanted to be, things to accomplish, and places to see. Some of those dreams have come true, or I am still working on others. For each achievement courage and action had been required.
When I first heard, "You have cancer," for a few days I let fear destroy my dreams, and therefore, my courage. I turned to God for guidance, my family and friends for support, and information from the doctor. Once I allowed these three components back into my life, I was able to dream about my new life with bravery. I was able to face the consequences of the extensive surgery, do things to counteract the side effects of chemotherapy, and become a survivor and advocate. I had courage (and still do) to change the things I can. Therefore, this blog was created, my book is being published (Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir), and I support ovarian cancer awareness activities.
How have dreams and courage been parts of your life?
- Karen Ingalls
- Ovarian cancer will be diagnosed in 1 of 72 women; 14,000 will die. Please know the symptoms and risk factors: read Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir. Books at www.amazon.com. ALL PROCEEDS GO TO GYNECOLOGIC CANCER RESEARCH. I am a member of Rave Reviews Book Club and Rave Writer's International Society of Authors, and Patient Leadership Council for Tesaro, Inc. I WILL NOT USE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS FOR ANY OTHER PURPOSE THAN CONTACTING YOU DIRECTLY. ALL ORIGINAL CONTENT COPYRIGHT 2011 THROUGH 2018.