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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, August 29, 2013

CHAPTER THREE: HEALTHY SPIRIT




                                  HOW TO HAVE A HEALTHY SPIRIT                                                                          




  • BE QUIET: take some quiet time each day to reflect on your thoughts, feelings. "And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." (Lincoln)

  • GET GROUNDED: work in a garden; pot a plant; walk on a beach or in a park; look at the stars at night. "Remain open to the magic and wonder around you always." (Zen)

  • GIVE: donate goods or money; volunteer; a random act of kindness; listen to others needs and respond. "Be prepared every day to try to do some good." (Nicholas Winton)

  • STAY CONNECTED: stay in touch with friends, family, your community. "Cherish ...your relationships with friends and family." (Barbara Bush)

  • KEEP A JOURNAL: there are no rules here. Do it in a diary, on the computer, or by using photo albums. Write memories, daily events, or goals...whatever you journal is right. "My journal brings me peace, answers, and deepens my relationship with God."(K. Ingalls)


  • CONNECT WITH GOD: the spirit of God is always with you. "Keep your face to the sunshine, and you cannot see the shadows." (Helen Keller)





My book is the result of the writing I did during my journey with ovarian cancer. It is intended to provide information about this lesser known disease, and to offer hope and inspiration to women and their families.
Proceeds go to ovarian cancer research.

**For the month of September (National Ovarian Cancer Month), it can be purchased at 20% off only at www.BeaversPondBooks.com. 
Give the coupon code of "Teal".

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

CHAPTER TWO: HEALTHY MIND


                                     STEPS TO A HEALTHY MIND


           The Bible teaches: "FOR AS HE THINKS IN HIS HEART, SO IS HE." (Proverbs 23:7)

                Norman Vincent Peale wrote about THE POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING

        "REMEMBER WHEN LIFE'S PATH IS STEEP TO KEEP YOUR MIND EVEN." (Horace)



TAKE THESE 5 STEPS:
  • STAY STIMULATED: take classes, play games, read books, work puzzles, learn a new language.

  • BE PHYSICALLY ACTIVE: take walks, join an exercise group, dance, bicycle, kayak, golf, and the list goes on.

  • TALK IT OUT: if issues are causing high stress, see a professional counselor. Friends and family are also great resources for other less stressful issues.

  • SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE: it is okay to say "no" to a volunteer group, committee, etc. Perhaps a professional organizer to help with personal items.

  • LAUGH IT UP: watch a funny movie, go to a comedy club, be playful and let the child in you be out.

                         Pay close attention to what you think or daydream about. 
                                  Change any negative thinking to positive ones.
                                         Right thoughts lead to right actions and right feelings.


THE FIVE STEPS OUTLINED HERE ARE LESSONS I LEARNED FROM
MY GRANDMOTHER. HER WISE WORDS HELPED ME FACE MANY ISSUES IN MY LIFE, INCLUDING OVARIAN CANCER.

http://www.amazon.com/Outshine-An-Ovarian-Cancer-Memoir/dp/1592984622/ref=sr
http://www.BeaversPondBooks.com



Thursday, August 15, 2013

CHAPTER ONE: HEALTHY BODY

                                  BE INSPIRED TOWARDS A HEALTHIER BODY


             Recently I met several gynecologic cancer survivors who are incorporating all, or some, of these 5 steps towards their physical health. They inspire me!

             My inspirational husband: In 2 months he has lost 25 pounds...and is motivated to lose more.

             On the Internet I met Patti, A Cervical Cancer and Obesity Survivor. She is an inspiration! Read her story at http://www.heavygirltohealthygirl.com/p/about.html                     




  • EXERCISE ON A REGULAR BASIS: consistency is the key; 30 minutes every day; walking, bicycling, aerobics, or weightlifting are just some choices.
                " Dr. Andrea Cheville of the Mayo Clinic said exercise offers significant benefits for 
                 cancer patients."      (Minneapolis Star Tribune, sunday@tribune.com)  



  • STAY HYDRATED: 2/3 of our body is water and it is vital to every chemical or metabolic action in our bodies.
                   "Water helps your body fight fatigue, makes your immune system function more
                     efficiently...and your body absorb more nutrients and eliminate waste." 
                         (Lori Tanguay, RN, MS, University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center)


  • EAT WHOLE FOODS: eat lean meats, fish, poultry, non-starchy vegetables, fruit, seeds and nuts.
                 The 125 healthiest foods are "...not highly processed nor do they contain synthetic,
                 artificial or irradiated ingredients." (www.whfoods.com/foodstore.php)




  • USE SUNSCREEN: use 30 SPF or higher in generous amounts that blocks UVB and UVA rays.
                    "...best sunscreen is one that you'll use generously and according to label
                      instructions." (http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/best-sunscreen/MY01350)


  • SLEEP: recommended 8 hours of sleep per night. Good sleep improves everything mentally and physically.
           "...plays a critical role in immune function, metabolism, learning, and other
             vital functions." (http://healthysleep.med.harvard.edu/healthy/matters/benefits-of-sleep)

                 

TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY...IT IS THE ONLY ONE YOU GET...NO TRADE-INS

            IT IS EVEN MORE IMPORTANT FOR THOSE WITH ANY HEALTH ISSUE...
                        Cancer, Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Obesity, Colitis, etc.




http://www.BeaversPondBooks.com

http://www.amazon.com/Outshine-An-Ovarian-Cancer-Memoir/dp/1592984622/ref=sr

http://www.outshineovariancancer.com

*Proceeds go to ovarian cancer research.



Thursday, August 8, 2013

LOSING: A KEY TO BEING SUCCESSFUL




"Success is the achievement or attainment of a desired outcome"according to the dictionary.
            How do you define success?
                     Have you found success in your life?

   It is from the losses, failures, or misses that we can learn and grow to achieve success. In high school though my grades were A's and B's, I did poorly on my SAT test scores and was told "you will never graduate from college." That inspired me to prove that counselor AND MYSELF that he was wrong. I did receive a college degree and go on to get a Master's Degree. I bounced high from those stinging words and low test scores.



   No one is born successful...someone might be born into a rich or famous family, but that does not make him or her successful. Too often we look at famous people and think, "I could never achieve what he or she has done." Sometimes we think of ourselves as unworthy or dwell on our past losses, or unlucky. We forget that someone like Drew Barrymore had to study acting, overcome her addictions, and prove to the entertainment world that she could be successful on her own merits...she bounced higher and learned from her experiences of life.

        THINK ABOUT ALL THOSE WHO HAVE FACED CANCER OR SOME OTHER CHALLENGE...DAYS OF SETBACKS OR LOSSES...ONLY TO RISE ABOVE...AND BE SUCCESSFUL AS THEY FACED EACH DAY WITH DIGNITY AND LOVE.

                                SUCCESS IS HOW WE LIVE AND HOW WE DIE.


www.outshineovariancancer.com

http://www.amazon.com/Outshine-An-Ovarian-Cancer-Memoir/dp/1592984622/ref=sr

www.BeaversPondBooks.com

Proceeds go to ovarian cancer research.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

WRITING MEMORIES: OUR PRECIOUS GIFTS


I am pleased to have Laura Hedgecock as my guest blogger this week. She has a wonderful message to present from which any one of us would benefit. Thank you, Laura, for sharing about the powerful and healing benefits from writing about our memories.




Write about memories —even when you’ve lost the rose-colored glasses.

No one expects your life to be all raindrops and roses.

They just want to know you better.

Writing is Therapeutic

     *Writing can be therapeutic for anyone. (See Write about Memories: It’s Therapeutic! for reasons why writing is healing.)
      *For those traveling a difficult road, it can be doubly therapeutic to write about memories.
      *The Cancer Supportive Care Program at Stanford Cancer Institute explains: “Through the process of writing about our experiences, we can find healing as we explore the impacts of cancer on our lives.”

      Healing from writing isn't only emotional and spiritual, but also physical:           
  
In How Writing Heals Wounds — Of Both the Mind and Body, Maia Szalavitz reports that a University of Auckland (New Zealand) study “showed that the calming effect of writing can cut physical wound healing time nearly in half.”

You Don’t have to Write a Memoir to Write about Memories

     You don’t have to want to, or have the energy to, write your life story to share your memories:

     * Think episodes
         *You can share whatever comes to mind
            *Use ideas from my site www.TreasureChestofMemories.com
               *Adapt any program you choose.
                  *There’s no right or wrong way to write about memories.
                    *Add narratives to scrapbooks,
                       *Journal,
                         *Or rant onto paper or screen —and decide later if you want to share it or edit it.
                             *Use a voice recorder and talk about your memories
                               *Have a friend or relative interview you on video tape.

Writing connects you to your loved ones

     When you write about memories, you build connections with your current and future readers. You’ll also create springboards for conversations.
     This is my favorite soapbox because I’ve been on the receiving end of a gift of shared memories. As my grandmother faced the end stages of her breast cancer, she revealed her gift to us--a spiral notebook filled with a lifetime of her writings. Her Treasure Chest of Memories included humorous anecdotes, memories of relatives, and personal reflections.
GRANDMA

     A treasure it is! Grandma died the year I graduated from college, so I was never able to enjoy a woman-to-woman relationship with her in life. However, through her memories, I connect with her, repeatedly, throughout the differing phases of my life.

When you write about your memories, you can write about your cancer

     I’m not going to pretend to know what it’s like to cope with cancer. I don’t. I don’t want to know. I’ve gained insight, however, from Karin Diamond, whom I met at a Writers Conference. Karin is living with/trying to survive lymphoma and finds meaning and comfort from blogging about her battles. Through her blog, Karin connects not only with her loved ones, but also with all who read her posts.

     When you write about your memories, you can also share your needs with loved ones. Do you want them to call? Leave you in peace? Would you rather they not ask, "How are you?" unless they really want to know? Let them know how they can support you on your journey without smothering you.

You don’t have to write about your cancer

     The same Karin Diamond wrote a beautiful article for The Huffington Post: “Cancer Is Not All I Have.”

      It’s not all you have either. Your disease--your pain--isn't what defines you; it's the setting of
      your current chapter.
      You have memories, stories, and anecdotes that you can tell.
      You've had other struggles.
      You've experienced adventures and joys.
      However you want to share them, your memories are a treasure.
   
© Laura Hedgecock 2013

BIO


Laura Hedgecock blogs resources and content of her upcoming book Treasure Chest of Memories: How to Capture and Share the Stories of Your Life at her website www.TreasureChestofMemories.com. She’d love you to visit her site and explore more ideas about writing your memories. 

Her memory-sharing pinterest board, http://pinterest.com/lauralhedgecock/sharing-memories/, includes many other non-writing ideas, as well.  


You can also connect with Laura at:
                                              http://www.twitter.com/LauraLHedgeock
                                              http://www.facebook.com/laura.hedgecock.writer