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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.

Saturday, June 1, 2013


The wonderful gifts of friendship are:

            **Someone's ears to listen

            **Sharing tears

            **Laughing together

            **A hand to be held, a shoulder to lean, or arms to surround you

            **And, someone is JUST THERE for you, no matter what.

                 In my book, Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir you will read about the valuable role my friends had with my cancer journey, and still have today.

                A friendship brings balance into our lives physically, emotionally/mentally, and spiritually. Our endorphins flow more freely, our muscles are relaxed, our heart rate is slowed down and we breathe easier. All those (and many other positive physical changes) help to create a healing environment.

               When we are at peace, free of fear, and accepting of our situation, then we hear and understand information more clearly. A friend helps to create such a situation. This allows us to make informed decisions.

               God is my friend. It is His love, forgiveness, constant presence and guidance that is the example I seek in my earthly relationships.

I invite you to do the following exercise:

  • Name 3 friends who helped you through a difficult time.
  • Name 5 people who have taught you something worthwhile.
  • Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.
  • Think of 5 people you enjoy spending time with.




  1. Friends can be so healing. I lost some friendships, discovered some among those I didn't realize were that close to me, and found new ones. They help keep me sane.

    1. "A friend in need, is a friend in deed." They also bring stability and sanity in times of turmoil; and share laughter, tears, and memories.
      I appreciate that you shared your thoughts.