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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.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Caregiver's Support

I am so blessed to have a husband, Jim, who always supports and encourages me. He was the best nurse; my memory when chemo brain set in; kissed my bald head; wiped my tears; and laughed at the laughable moments. Yes, there are laughable moments! You can read more about Jim and how we coped with my cancer in my book, Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir. You will find it on my website: www.outshineovariancancer.com.

A friend shared today how her partner is her complete support system even though she recently lost her mother to cancer. Sometimes we have to face similar crises, before we think we are ready to move on. I am not sure why that is, but I have seen it in my own life. Yet, like my friend's partner, because of love we reach down and find the strength and courage.

A fellow blogger, terminaltimes, today shared a song he wrote called "Always It's You". The words are meaningful and beautiful. I encourage you to listen to it on My Space.

Who is your supporter? How does he/she support you?

Thursday, March 22, 2012


There is a group of women who are identified as the Bodacious Ovarian Diva Survivors (B.O.D.S.). We met serendipitously through the efforts of one woman, who saw a need for us to meet purely for a relaxed social time. Spouses, partners, or caregivers are welcome to join us and they often do. We laugh, talk about lots of things besides cancer, and laugh some more. We also minister to one another through cards, gifts, or just by being attentive listeners. We provide ovarian cancer pamphlets/cards, and support fund raising activities. I am honored to be a part of this group of courageous and inspiring women.

Recently at my book launch for Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir, four of the B.O.D.S. drove 20 miles or more to be there. I was overwhelmed with their kindness and support of me. While I did my presentation in front of some 75 people, I was encouraged by their eyes often filled with tears, smiles, and nods of heads in agreement. Afterwards they each hugged me and thanked me for writing this book, because so little is known about ovarian cancer.

I would love to hear about other groups that are supportive, helpful, and inspirational. You can also find more information about my book at www.outshineovariancancer.com.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

PAP Misinformation

In the past week two women have been surprised to learn from me that the PAP smear does NOT detect ovarian cancer. Both times these were opportunities for me to talk about ovarian cancer; its statistics and symptoms. They both knew that it is usually a terminal disease, but did not have an understanding why such was the case.

I am grateful that Dr. Oz has recently had television programs about ovarian cancer and developed a wonderful worksheet for women with possible symptoms. I encourage you to look at this worksheet at the website: www.ovariancanceronesheet.com. If a woman fills the sheet out according to her symptoms and takes it to her physician, hopefully it will alert the M.D. to pursue appropriate tests. I will be handing out copies at each of my book presentations so women can immediately see it as one tool we can use to help fight ovarian cancer.

My book, Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir, is also a tool to teach, inform, and inspire women and their families. You can purchase it through my website: www.outshineovariancancer.com. Research is a key to finding cures and better screening methods, so 10% of all proceeds goes toward ovarian cancer research.

TOGETHER we can do this.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Birth-day Blessings

Yesterday was a truly blessed day celebrating the start of my 71st year. The following were my gifts:

    1. Four dear friends were here for supper, games, and lots of laughs.

    2. Many emails and cards from family and friends through Facebook, snailmail and email.

    3. Wonderful phone calls from sons, grandson, and stepdaughter.

    4. Three copies of my newly published book, Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir, arrived in the mail...I got goosebumps holding them! Then many tears of gratitude and joy. I do pray the book will increase awareness and help women and their families.

    5. My website is officially up and running. The address is:

    6. And the best gift of all was last week's normal CA125 and NED!

Thanks to each of you who follow my blog, encourage, support and pray for me.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Exciting News

The first event is that my appointment with the oncologist was all good news. No Evidence of Disease (N.E.D)  and a CA125 of 7 (normal is 0-35). Though I had to wait two hours to see the doctor, it was well worth the wait. He had an emergency at the hospital and two new patients who took extra time. I am sympathetic to both situations. My prayers are for all those involved.

I finalized the setting up of my website. That has been an interesting and creative process for a novice like me. I will let you know when it is up and running. The name will be www.outshineovariancancer.

Thirdly, my book is at the printers now and will be available for purchase soon. Though I have always enjoyed writing and dreamed of writing a novel (as so many others), I never thought my first published book would be a non-fiction about my journey with cancer. I chose to write Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir, because there is limited information about this particular cancer, and so many people encouraged me to do it. My prayer is that it will help women, their partners, families and friends.

The final exciting news is that my indigestion, sleeplessness, and pains in the neck and shoulder have decreased. Isn't it amazing how stress affects the mind and body? For over 20 years I counseled people on stress management...I was the professional (ha, ha). I need to practice what I preach! Life is wonderful how it always gives us lessons to learn.

I appreciate all your support and encouragement.