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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.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

DON'T IGNORE THE PAIN: ABDOMINAL OR PELVIC



                    "I had pain in what seemed like my stomach area."
          "The pain was in the lower corner of my abdomen and radiated around to my back."

                                            "My lower back hurt without relief."

                      "I thought the abdominal pain was just related to my menstrual cycle."

               "I take Aleve, (Advil, Tylenol or Aspirin) and the pain never really goes away."





The message is clear and simple: 

       IF THE PAIN PERSISTS LONGER THAN 2 WEEKS, SEE YOUR PHYSICIAN.

                           THIS COULD BE A SYMPTOM OF OVARIAN CANCER.


ON MAY 12, OUR NATION GIVES HONOR TO OUR MOTHERS. SHARE THIS INFORMATION WITH YOUR MOTHER, SISTER, DAUGHTER, GRANDMOTHER, AUNT, OR ANY FEMALE FRIEND. 

                THE MORE WOMEN WHO KNOW THE SIGNS, THE MORE WILL NOT IGNORE 
                                 THE "WHISPERING" SYMPTOMS OF OVARIAN CANCER.
                                                 PLEASE HELP...SHARE THIS BLOG

Thursday, April 18, 2013

IT IS EASIER TO BREATHE: LOVE & GRATITUDE

                   


                      "Your thoughts, words, and deeds are painting the world around you."

                                    This quote by Jewel Diamond Taylor poignantly explains not what life does to us, but how we react and interact in our world.

             A good friend recently shared how she looks at three different photographs of family and nature each morning to start her day and each evening as she prepares for sleep. One photo makes her laugh; another one reinforces her appreciation for the beauty of nature; and the third photo reminds her of God's unconditional love.


           SHE IS PAINTING HER WORLD WITH BRUSHES OF LOVE AND GRATITUDE.


When we are content, grateful, positive, smiling, and trusting our bodies, minds, and spirits are relaxed.  All the bodies systems are in an environment to work more harmoniously and efficiently; our minds are free of cluttering thoughts and needless worries; and our relationship to God or a Higher Power is more profound.

                          "It is easier to breathe," my friend said. "I still have challenges and problems to face, but life is smoother.
             Might I suggest that each morning and at each bedtime:
           1. Sit or lie down in a comfortable position.
                2. Breathe in and out three long slow breathes.
                3. Look at 3 photographs that lift your spirit, make you smile, and grow your gratitude.
                4. After a few minutes, arise and enjoy your day; or have a peaceful sleep.


Here are my photos:





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Thursday, April 11, 2013

FROM THE SILENCE WITHIN


I am delighted to introduce my guest blogger, Madhavi Sood, who shares her near-death experience and a poem from her book, From The Silence Within. Her story, gift of writing, and faith are all inspirational to me.

                                                                     I Believe ...

      Sometimes our deepest desires are the ones that push us to move on and do, and become all we want to in Life.




     I have traversed a long and painful journey and there is a lot I had to overcome to be able to walk and run again, although I have yet to cross many more miles and many more books to pen down. Life has given me a second chance - to live, to dream and to fulfill and I treasure, and hold close each moment of it.

     I have seen Life at close quarters from being a high achiever at school & college and later at work. 
Every thing some how came to a stand still when I almost died in my prime, struck with disease and bed ridden. I had a NDE- near death experience

     When I was in pain, Light and Nature beckoned me to pen poems and words, which flowed down like a cascade  while I was still lying down on my bed scribbling and looking through the open window at the sky and green trees by my bedside.


              Sometimes sketching or painting or simply writing down all that I wished to do in Life...



     I watered the plants in my small garden patch, perched so uncomfortably at times on a chair, trying to wash all the leaves and sprinkle them with the watering can. I hoped of being able to sit down without pain and enjoy the little joys of nature and of life!

     
     Each day was a challenge, as I surely recovered with Allopathy and Homeopathy medication from my Doctors and a lot of Praanayaam and Meditation. And of course a lot of love and understanding from my Dad and Mom  and my Family and the support of my husband, who all in their own wonderful ways stood by me and still do like pillars of strength.

    



Sometimes, in despair I would cry out in my sleep, for my joints had swollen with fluid and I could not fold my fingers or knees properly. At such moments, I would listen to the Gayatri Mantra and pray for strength from the Almighty God to make me alright again so I could fulfill all my dreams.

    


      I yearned to be a mother, when all my systems had almost halted and my hormones had gone haywire. Traversing and crossing the boundaries of spaces and times, my poems reached out to me and my own soul and helped me move my body engulfed as it was in aches, pains and ailments. Writing and reading books truly set my soul free and helped me recover faster – for here I could explore the written word and even express my innermost thoughts and feelings and simply be.

                                                                  I Believe ...

     If one truly and earnestly believes in all that one can or wants to be, surely a miracle begins the minute we start believing in one’s self and ones own abilities.  After a close NDE, I realized that the Universe we live in is full of radiant energy.




                      After all the sun always shines and pushes the darkness away at all times.

     
     The poems in this book, From the Silence Within, were written by me whilst I was bed ridden and ‘fighting for life’  some time back. Most of them are soul stirring, inspiring and motivating the self. Some poems are funny, a few lyrical and some romantic too.  Yet most of them are motivating and dealing with Life in its different shades and hues. I hope these poems move you, touch your soul and spirit as much as I loved writing them, for they eased me from pain and gave me a hope to survive.

                            “From the Silence within, shall bloom a thousand flowers.
                            Showered on life’s path, colourful and radiant like the stars.
                            And as each petal shall unfold.
                            A brand new verse, a poem, a new story unspoken will be told.

                            And as you browse through each page.
                            A mystery, some wisdom sprinkled will uncage.
                            For in my silence you will find.
                            My feelings, my joys and my sorrows hidden behind.

                            And when I am gone and lost.
                            These few words do treasure and keep fast.
                            Just close your eyes and listen from the Silence Within.
                            For I’ll be there with you forever, through, thick or thin”.

                                                            (© Madhavi Sood alias Madhavi Mohandas 2012.
                                                                 Published in From the Silence Within)

In deep appreciation and gratitude to Life and to my Creator....



My Book Reviews links:

     http://www.bookchums.com/book/from-the-silence-within/9789381836057/NjY3MDU=.html
 
On You-Tube:

     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GimrwE2xdHc


The  Interviews links:

     http://betweenthelines.in/2012/10/interview-madhavi-sood-author-of-from-the-silence-within/

Thank you so much, Karen Ingalls, whose life and work is so inspiring and who has given me this wonderful opportunity to write a guest blog and share my experiences and about my first book of poems, From the Silence Within. 



Thursday, April 4, 2013

KIND ACTS: GIVING LOVE TO OTHERS


     "Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love." (Mother Teresa)


     Here in Lake County, Florida, there is an organization called "Women for Hospice," the sole purpose of which is to raise money for the patient and extended care only in the Cornerstone Hospice program.
This wonderful organization was started about 20 years ago by Ermyne Pearson. There are now approximately over 300 members; all functions are done by volunteers; and there are no paid employees. Last December Women for Hospice wrote a check for a little over $100,000.00 to Cornerstone Hospice.



After her sister died of breast cancer, Nancy Goodman Brinker started the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in 1982. In 2008 it was changed to the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and adopted the pink ribbon as its logo. Millions of dollars have been raised for research and awareness.

 
   

     Three time survivor of ovarian cancer, Bonnie Donihi, in 1997 sat at a kitchen table with other survivors and supporters which was the start of the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Florida. Their first event in 1999 was a candlelight vigil where 500 people attended. Since then this organization administers grant money for education and research at the University of Central Florida College of Nursing and the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute.



    Each of the women mentioned have given generously of their time, knowledge, and skills because of love. Their acts of kindness has impacted so many people and we are a better world because of them. My personal thanks to each of them...where would we be today without them? We each can do small things with great love.

      Please share about someone you know who has done similar acts of love. Just click on the comment button below. We can all learn from each other and your sharing is important.