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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, June 27, 2013

RIVERS OF LIFE: FACING CHALLENGES

                                         "It is the worst flooding in 500 years! "









     Our dream vacation of taking a river cruise through Europe became a motor coach or bus cruise on the Autobahn, through city streets, or down country roads trying to reach our destinations without encountering the many flooded areas. Despite it all, or perhaps because of the challenges of long bus rides, packing and unpacking, different places to stay every other night, and uncertainties of what each day might bring, we had a wonderful time.

Our trip represented what life is all about: it has many challenges!

       Have you faced physical, emotional and sexual abuse?
              Did you lose a job, position, or job promotion?
                      Have you had major financial concerns?
                              Deaths of loved ones?
                                     Decline of a marriage or had a divorce?
                                            Unwanted move to a new state or city?
                                                    Do you have cancer, heart conditions, or other health concerns?
                                                           Are the family dynamics negative or painful?
                                                                  Do you fear the aging process?

                        WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES FLOODING YOUR LIFE?
                                               HOW DO YOU FACE THEM?                                          

      On our trip I laughed...got angry...prayed...tried to say positive things...at times was overly tired...enjoyed the beauty...shared tears...ate and drank delicious food and wine...made wonderful new friends...played...exercised...learned...and I grew from the experience. The flood waters taught me that no matter the challenge I can work through it, place sandbags of prayer, face or confront it, and choose to become a better person because of the flood waters.

     Thanks to everyone who has touched my life...and thank you to my new friends from the European River (Bus/Motor-Coach) Cruise. It was a wonderful way to celebrate my fifth year of being cancer free.

Please leave a comment, share an experience, or a lesson of life you have learned.
          
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Saturday, June 8, 2013

TEARDROPS: SAD OR HAPPY



                   A teardrop is a salty fluid made up of protein, water, mucus, and oil released by the lacrimal gland. There are 3 types of tears:
  1. Basal which is a constant fluid keeping our eye moist.
  2. Reflex which serves to protect the eye from irritants like onions, smoke, chemicals, etc.
  3. Emotional tears actually start in the cerebrum where our emotions are. They are thought to rid the body of toxins built up from stress or illness.
                   Tears of sadness or joy come very easily to me. I have read that a tear is made of 1% water and 99% feelings.

               
               "As tears flow out, love flows in." I believe this with all my heart, because it is an opportunity to open ourselves to the love that is around us. The days before I learned I had cancer "Jim and I sobbed until our throats and stomachs ached." We developed an ever closer relationship with God and with each other...love enveloped us.

                   When I am with my "Card Club" friends, my sister, or my sons, I can laugh so long and hard that I am wiping away tears. It is so healing! such fun! We need comedians, jokes, clowns, or comedy shows to help alleviate pain, harsh memories, or tragic events that too often surround our everyday lives.

                   During the early days of dealing with my ovarian cancer diagnosis and chemotherapy, I watched I Love Lucy, The Carol Burnett Show, Leave It To Beaver, Laurel & Hardy, or such shows to bring laughter to my troubled soul. I was determined not to wallow in fear, depression, or self-pity.


                    

I think I look like both these two cuties. 

Sometimes I laugh so hard I cry tears of joy.





Are you comfortable with your tears of sadness or joy? 

                    Most of the day do you wear a smile? or a frown, which is an upside smile?

                                        Find laughter and share it with another.



                                         

www.outshineovariancancer.com

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(Photos courtesy of Google)

Saturday, June 1, 2013

FRIENDSHIP: ONE PART OF BEING HEALTHY

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.

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