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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.

Friday, January 24, 2014

CHINESE MEDICINE DOLLS: HOW FAR HAVE WE PROGRESSED?


                   Chinese Ivory Medicine Dolls were used by doctors in ancient China. 

            ** Doctors were not allowed to touch their modest female patients. 

            ** With a point stick the women showed the doctor where they hurt.           

            ** The doctor would prescribe herbs or medicine to treat or cure her ailment.



Since my diagnosis with ovarian cancer I have listened to many women who have been hesitant to talk to their spouses, friends, or physician about concerns "below the waist." Some of them had pain, bloating, unusual menstruation, constipation/diarrhea, or vaginal discharge until they "could not take it anymore." 


As I observe movies, television shows, commercials, magazine ads, and so forth it becomes evident that in general the female genital-abdominal area is not presented with complete, informative or helpful information. There are ads and commercials about tampons, pads and menstrual pain, but almost no information about any cancers, diseases, or abnormalities of that body area.

It took the Susan B. Komen organization to bring awareness, open discussion, rallies, and so forth to present the very important issue of breast cancer. Due to this effort, women's breasts are no longer just sex symbols.

Our bodies are beautiful...let's be proud of them...keep them healthy...respond to their warning symptoms...and see our physicians in a timely manner.

Recommendations:

          * Age 21 PAP test every 2-3 years; age 30-65 PAP & HPV test every 3-5 years.

          * Consult physician for any abnormal bleeding or vaginal discharge without delay.

          * See gynecologist for abdominal bloating or pain for 2 weeks.
       
          * Changes in urinary or bowel habits for 2 weeks require medical attention.

          * Know your family history.

(Download the link to track changes: http://www.ocaf.org/more-information/symptom-diary/


MY CANCER MIGHT HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED & TREATED EARLIER IF I HAD ACTED ON THE THIRD RECOMMENDATION, AND NOT WAITED 5 MONTHS!

               Jaymie is an example of why we women need to be proactive: http://jaymiejamisonfoundation.blogspot.com/2014/01/cervical-cancer-awareness-month-meganne.html?m=1






ALL PROCEEDS GO TO GYNECOLOGICAL CANCER RESEARCH
                  www.outshineovariancancer.com
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