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My journey as a writer began as a child. I wrote poems and short stories which were my way of dealing with various life changing events. 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. My first book is Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir which received two awards. All proceeds are donated to gynecologic cancer research. My second book is a novel Novy's Son, about one man's attempt to find love and acceptance from his father. This is an all too common problem in our society. My third book, Davida: Model and Mistress of Augustus Saint-Gaudens is about the love affair between this great American sculptor and his model. ALL ORIGINAL CONTENT COPYRIGHT 2011 THROUGH 2017.

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.




Kathryn Treat said...

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.

Karen Ingalls said...

"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.