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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 two 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 2017.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

WHAT CANCER CANNOT DO

                                     

From my book, Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir, is this piece of prose:

                                  WHAT CANCER CANNOT DO

                                          It cannot invade the soul,
                                          Suppress memories,
                                          Kill friendship,
                                          Conquer the spirit,
                                          Shatter hope,
                                          Cripple love,
                                          Corrode faith,
                                          Steal eternal life,
                                          Silence courage.

                                                          (Author Unknown)

  •       Cancer is cells growing out of control. Humans as well as animals have had cancer throughout recorded history. There have been many theories (attachment below) as to its cause: chronic, infectious (16th Century), lymphatic (1700's), humoral (Hippocrates) to blastema (1830's).  
  •      How do we get cancer? Is it all genetic? or chemical? or environmental? We know smoking is a contributing factor for many cancers. The government of Canada has banned the use of BPA in consumer products as described by Valerie Johnston's report (see attachment below). Researchers know that the mutated BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes have direct links to breast and ovarian cancers. We do not have all the answers as to what causes any cancer, but science is making headway.
  •      For me, I believe in following the healthy guidelines by Mayo Clinic which were presented in my blog "What Is So Special About February?" dated February 6, 2013. I will read about the latest research and come to informed decisions about what I believe is right for me. 
  •     The ovarian cancer might return or I might develop another kind of cancer. What is important is not letting cancer rule my life; I will embrace the words of What Cancer Cannot Do, instead.
  •      It is important to support the research being done. Proceeds from my book go to ovarian cancer research at Mayo Clinic and Florida Hospital, where I know the money goes to research.



www.outshineovariancancer.com

www.cancer.or/cancer/cancerbasics/thehistoryofcancer/the-history-of-cancer-what-is-cancer


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Thursday, February 21, 2013

A CHANGE IN PURPOSE


     I am very pleased and honored to have Charlotte D. Hunt as my guest blogger this week. She is known to those she mentors as "the encourager who helps people hope again." She is a counselor, award winning author, national speaker, retired international runway model, and founder of Dream Madly Ministries.



              A CHANGE IN PURPOSE


      Have you ever asked yourself, "What is my purpose in life?" We are often curious about our purpose because we were created with three basic human needs: the need to have worth, the need to be loved, and need to feel accepted. The desire to know our purpose is based on our desire for worth. We want to not only be reassured that we have value in our lives, but we desire to know that value should be lived out. We want to know that we matter and will make a difference in our years here on earth.

     Often we will search out self-help books, find 4-step programs, or attend lectures to find out the formula to our potential, passion, and purpose. I am certainly not downing any of those venues. However, I am suggesting an alternative and a different way of thinking about the word purpose in reference to your life.

     Most times we define purpose as a goal or something that we will obtain or possess at some point in our lives. We believe that once we know what our purpose is then we can start doing that thing. Many spend a lifetime trying to find their purpose or guess that special "thing" that God desires them to do while on earth.

     I would like to challenge that. Instead of thinking of your purpose as a thing to find, try thinking of purpose as something you are. Instead of saying, "I'm trying to find out what my purpose is" it is better to say, "My purpose is being lived out through me." Make sense?

     For example, take the life of Billy Graham. He had a childhood that formed his passions, personality, and purpose. At a young age, while he didn't understand it, his purpose was to touch people's lives with the saving message that you can come just as you are to Jesus. Everything he did in and through his life fell in line with that purpose. He didn't have to think about it or try to come up with a purpose. Because of the story of his life and the gifts and passions he was given, his purpose came out of who he was created to be. Through his purpose, doors opened up, invitations to speak, bigger audiences came, media attention formed and he became who we now know as "Billy Graham."

     While our purpose is lived through our lives, God often walks out our purpose through His process which cannot be controlled or manipulated.


  • God births within us a vision--a burden for ministry and/or dream. We get excited and begin to make plans and formulate expectations as to how it will be fulfilled.
  • The second step is always the most painful step--God put that vision to death. We are often left hurt, bewildered, and somewhat frustrated. It is at this point that God necessarily has to put to death our natural way of thinking and our noble attempts to accomplish in the flesh what only He can accomplish by His spirit. It is at this point where we must learn to rest in the Lord and trust Him. We often give up at this step rather than accept that if this is ever going to be fulfilled, only He can do it.
  • The third step is what you might expect--After we have been made to "get out of the way," God supernaturally brings about that vision which He birthed in us, but does so in a manner in which He gets the glory--not us!
     Trust the fact that there is a perfect plan in place.


 Charlotte D. Hunt has authored three books, the award winning, "Damaged Goods: Learning to Dream Again," "Dream Madly, Pursue Wildly, and Trust Completely: What You Wanted To Be When You Grew Up," and "A Confident Expectation: Encouragement, Stories & Thoughts for Those Who Hope."

Web: www.charlottehunt.com

Blog: http://charlottehunt.wordpress.com

Books available at: http://charlottehunt.webstarts.com/products.html

Thursday, February 14, 2013

SLOW DOWN: A LESSON FROM EDDIE CANTOR

                                               MY VALENTINE STORY FOR YOU                                                     

      In 1958 I lived in Hollywood, California and was a junior at Hollywood High School. One day I was walking down Hollywood Blvd on my way back from school. Just as I stepped off a curb a flashy red convertible with its top down made a loud screeching sound as it came to an abrupt stop.  The driver was none other than Eddie Cantor!

He is quoted as saying,  "Slow down and enjoy life. Its's not only the scenery you miss...you also

                                         miss the sense of where you are going and why."       

            



 Mr. Cantor was a very busy and successful entertainer, but I believe he always knew where he was going and why. We may remember him as the comedian with the bulging round eyes that he could rolled in circles, giving him the nickname Banjo Eyes; his jokes and funny stories from radio and television; and his comedic antics in over 25 movies and many years on Broadway.

What you may not know is that he was a devoted family man, very generous to charities, and helped develop the phrase The March of Dimes. In fact, he was the force behind raising money for polio such that in 1938 the White House was deluged with 2,680,000 dimes sent, recognizing that Franklin D. Roosevelt suffered from polio.



       My brief "meeting" with Mr. Cantor was his big smile, a wave of apology, and a rolling of eyes. Thanks to him this Valentine's Day, I reflect on my life:

                                     I do enjoy life.
                                       I have slowed down though I remain busy.
                                          I know where I am going and why:
                                           My mission is to spread the word about ovarian cancer.
                                             I do that in hopes that lives can be saved
                                               And women can find hope and inspiration.


        Are you enjoying the life you have been blessed to have even though there may be  challenges? February is the month of love, today is Valentine's Day, and it is National Cancer Awareness Month, so what could be more loving than to slow down and enjoy the gift of life? 













Wednesday, February 6, 2013

WHAT IS SO SPECIAL ABOUT FEBRUARY?

There are two reasons February is special: love and cancer.

February 14th is all about LOVE, which we show through gifts, cards, dates, or visits. It is a time to let the special people in our lives know how much we care about them.

            "Why don't we do that everyday?!"

Did I say, "I love you" to my husband? Did I tell a friend how much their friendship means to me? When was the last time I spontaneously sent a card or paid a visit to a shut-in or someone alone? Have I picked a flower from the garden or made some cookies to share? Did I smile at people as I passed them by?

            "Acts of love should be every day!"


February is National Cancer Prevention month. Let's show our bodies that we love them by doing what we can to keep them healthy. No, the medical professionals do not know what exactly causes cancer, but they do believe that there are certain contributing factors. Love your body by following these 7 tips from Mayo Clinic:

             Stop using tobacco
             Eat lots of vegetables and fruits, limit fat, and use alcohol moderately
             Exercise or be physically active daily,
             Protection from the sun,
             Hepatitis B and HPV immunizations,
             Avoid risky behaviors (have safe sex and don't share needles)
             Get regular medical check-ups.

Show your love to others and to yourself every day. February is special because it reminds us of the power of love.