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.
- 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.