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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, November 29, 2012

God's Fingerprints

God's miracles are all around us:


                 Animals, flowers, trees, insects, mountains, oceans, meadows, etc.


                                            Parents, children, neighbors, friends, spouses, births, etc.


                                                                       Planets, stars, moons, comets, etc.

PLEASE watch the attached video and learn how God used math as one part in creating nature, people, & the cosmos


It is not long and it will inspire and surprise you. Please share your thoughts and reactions.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Ten Things For Which I Am Grateful

Join me this Thanksgiving Day to share, reflect on, and give thanks for ten things:

  • My family; a wonderful husband, 6 beautiful children, and 12 amazing grandchildren,

  • My clean bill of health; no recurrence of the ovarian cancer for 4 1/2 years,

  • Being a citizen of the United States of America, 

  • Friends, acquaintances, and strangers who have had a positive influence on me.

  • The wildlife of bald eagles, hawks, herons, egrets, wood ducks, osprey, and yes, even vultures and alligators,

  • The beautiful flowers, bushes, and trees that grace the landscape,     

  • For those who have and do serve in the military,

  • I love the computer and all the exciting things it does,

  • I am grateful to the Scotsmen who started the game of golf!

  • And, most importantly I am thankful that I have a faith in God. He is the foundation of everything I have listed above,


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Kindness: How Do You Make People Feel?

Maya Angelou said it so poignantly: "...people will forget what you said...what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." I have been thinking about the acts of kindness I have either recently heard about or witnessed. Recently a blogger invited her followers to volunteer two cards a month to send to those serving in the military(cathybiggerstaff.blogspot.com); raffle tickets sold for a donated quilt and basket of toys for a youngster who needs surgery for her epilepsy; my daughter-in-law volunteering her time to help in Guatemala; or the warm and friendly personnel at the Publix store.  Ask yourself, "How am I making people feel?"

Kindness creates more kindness and, unfortunately, the reverse is also true. I like to think of kindness like a tree spreading its roots. "A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees." (Amelia Earhart) While we were in the beautiful Redwood forests, we saw new rings of tree sprouts from burls around the trunk base of a burned or fallen tree.  If they sprouted, the parent tree's roots were used by the saplings. There would not be the majestic redwood trees if they did not rely on one another; grow from and beside one another. How kind!

The Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons are fast approaching, so let us each be like a root of a tree and spread kindness around. For what we give out, will be returned.

***Check out "Veterans Day" on Joyful Journey at cathybiggerstaff.blogspot.com for information on cards for the military.***

Thursday, November 8, 2012

One Year of Blogging: Meeting People from Around the World

This month marks one year since my first blog was written. At first I thought, "What will I blog about? Will people be interested in what I have to say?" I wanted it to be about life, not just ovarian cancer. I had read a variety of blogs some of which interested me, while others less so or not at all. Just as my book Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir is going to be of interest to some, it will not be for other people. And that is okay! One of the miraculous and wonderful things about life is how beautiful and unique we each are.

I have had over 6,400 page views of my blogs over the past year. The 54 blogs have covered a wide range of subjects, which I hope have inspired, educated, or raised your interest. I learned a lot doing some research and exploring my social and spiritual or religious views. It has been a time of self-growth! I appreciate the comments (107) I received, and welcome you to leave more in the future. They are interesting and helpful.

I have made new friends, renewed old friendships, and continued others. Some of you are in distant lands, which I would love to visit sometime. Viewers were from all over the world, but most were from the following countries:

  • United States             
  • Russia                          
  • United Kingdom          
  • Canada
  • Australia                                                           
  • Ukraine
  • France
  • Germany
  • South Africa
  • Netherlands

The purpose of my blogs are to help each of us learn, be inspired, and to live life more fully as well as increase awareness about ovarian cancer. Unfortunately, ovarian cancer affects people everywhere. If it were isolated to a certain culture, race, or region, perhaps it would be easier for science to determine the cause and therefore, find a cure. Proceeds from the book sales go to ovarian cancer research. Thank you for your support and I look forward to another year of blogging around the world.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Books, Books, & More Books

My grandmother and mother were both avid readers which influenced me to begin reading as a child. I still love to read and many books have become my "friends." I love the smell, feel, and weight of books whether light or heavy. I like to fold down corners, make notes in the margin, or underline special sentences and paragraphs. I have come to appreciate the e-book and reading off of my I-PAD or I-Phone, but if I was to be honest, I do miss the "real" book. A good story teaches me about life, people, history, spirituality, health or social issues. Fact or fiction books both contribute to my learning curve.

This week I am going to recommend a variety of books that I have found interesting, informative and/or inspiring. Some of them I have read recently while others might be from many years ago. And, yes, some I have read several times. Like I said, they are my friends. There are hundreds of books that deserve to be here, but I narrowed the list to just 25, and there is in no special order nor are they categorized.

1. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
2. Out of Africa by Isak Dinensen
3. My Stroke of Insight by Jill Taylor
4. The Forsythe Saga by John Galsworthy
5. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
6. Strength Renewed by Shirley Corder
7. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
8. Desire by Annemarie Selinko
9. After You, Marco Polo by Jean Shor
10. Saint Gaudens and the Gilded Era by Louise Hall Tharp
11. Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah
12. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
13. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
14. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
15. Have A Little Faith by Mitch Albom
16. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
17. Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
18. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
19. Reverence for Life by Albert Schweitzer
20. The Spiritual Woman by Harriet Hodgson
21. The Greater Journey by David McCullough
22. Gift From the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
23. Tree Spirited Woman by Colleen Baldrica
24. Damaged Goods by Charlotte Hunt
25. Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir by Karen Ingalls (I did have to include this one!)

Now that I am a published author (it seems strange to say that), I have far greater appreciation for the writer who wants to be an author; the author who goes through the process of publication; and the rewards and challenges that go with being an author.

I want to recognize and  commend the authors of those ovarian cancer books, whose stories informed and inspired me. Those books are: Facing Cancer with God's Help by Jeanne Martin, Torch by ovarian cancer survivors, Bearing Witness by Kathryn Carter, No Time to Die by Liz Tilberis, A Guide to Survivorship for Women with Ovarian Cancer by F. J. Montz, and A Feather in My Wig by Barbara Van Billiard.

Please share what your favorite books are. Which stories gave you insight, excitement, or enrichment to your life?