The last two chapters of my book, Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir are titled "Remission" and "New Birth-Day."
In the field of cancer the word CURE is almost never spoken. It is defined as the relief of the symptoms of a disease. REMISSION, is defined as there being no evidence of symptoms of cancer cells present, which is the term most often used.
I celebrate my new birth-day on June 20th, the date of my diagnosis. I have been in remission for 5 years. I am surviving and thriving, which means I am continuing to live and living to the fullest. The song "Circle of Life" says it all, no matter what are circumstances are:
From the day we arrive on the planet,
And blinking, step into the sun
There's more to see than can ever be seen
More to do than ever be done
There's far too much to take in here
More to find than ever be found
But the sun rolling high
Through the sapphire sky
Keeps great and small on the endless round.
It's the Circle of Life
And it moves us all
Through despair and hope
Through faith and love
Till we find our place
On the path unwinding
In the Circle
The Circle of Life.
"In life, things happen around us, things happen to us, but the only thing that truly matters is what happens within us." (Anonymous)
I like the quote from Michael Douglas: "Cancer didn't bring me to my knees, it brought me to my feet."
I have lived for 5 years cancer free, which is not typical for those women diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Yes, my life changed forever since I heard those fateful words, "You have cancer,"
but, my life is richer, has a new purpose, and filled with greater gratitude.
That is my Circle of Life, and why I am surviving and thriving.
Proceeds from my book go to ovarian and gynecologic research. It may be purchased at:
- 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.