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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, September 18, 2014

RULE IT OUT

                          A TIMELINE FOR TOO SHORT A LIFE:


AUGUST 2012: 
      Bekah Mae is a fun loving teenager at the age of 14 years, starting a new school in a new town. She loved her cell phone, video games, goofing off on Facebook, and so much more.

      But FATIGUE, LOSS OF APPETITE and OVERSLEEPING suddenly became her way of life. 


SEPTEMBER 2012:
      On the 11th, appointment with the doctor and in less than 5 minutes they knew what was wrong. A football sized tumor was found in her abdomen. Tests were done.
      On the 12th, admitted to the hospital.
      On the 13th she had surgery
      On the 14th, more tests and life became a whirlwind.
      On the 15thchemotherapy to stop the fast growing tumor that could not be removed due to its attachment to three major organs.

      Mayo Clinic sent the diagnosis of Ovarian Carcinoma, very rare and very aggressive. This 14 year old daughter who had been so full of life and energy, was now given 5 weeks to live

OCTOBER:
      Bekah Mae fought hard; thought she could beat the odds; did everything asked of her.
      End of the month she had trouble standing up straight, her stomach was hard and plump; she spiked a fever and began to vomit. She was admitted to the hospital...more scans...NG tube inserted...Paracentesis done to remove 2 liters of fluid which was filled with cancer cells...surgeons were unsuccessful inserting a colostomy bag because her stomach and intestines were like concrete.


NOVEMBER:
      She returned home and Hospice care began

DECEMBER:
      Bekah Mae passed away quietly on Dec. 12, 2012 at 2:12 am,  just 3 months after her battle began. She was still only 14 years old.

                                    BEKAH & FRIENDS FOUNDATION

  • EDUCATES AND ADVOCATES FOR OVARIAN AND CHILDHOOD CANCERS
  • SENDS "BEKAH'S BUDDYS" TO CHILDREN WITH CANCER IN UNITED STATES
  • PROVIDES FUNDS FOR RESEARCH AT CANCER HOSPITAL, SEATTLE, WA.
  • RESEARCHING HOW DOGS PLAY A GREAT ROLE IN DETECTING THIS CANCER
  • SUPPORT OF T-CELL IMMUNOTHERAPY RESEARCH. BFF WILL DONATE 100% OF FUNDS TO OVARIAN CANCER RESEARCH ON MARCH 8, 2015 (BEKAH'S BIRTHDAY)
  • SYMPTOM POSTCARDS AVAILABLE MADE BY BEKAH AND HER MOTHER IN OCT. 2012. BEKAH SAID, "TEAL IS A PRETTY COLOR BUT THE CANCER CAN KISS MY BUTT!"
    BEKAH'S MOTHER SAYS, "Ovarian cancer doesn't care how old you are, how much money you have, what nationality you are, of it you are bleeding red or purple. Women everywhere can be affected. Now is the time to educate yourself and every woman you know. Early detection is the best defense against ovarian cancer. And it is the last thing doctors think about, so I have told thousands of women in the last two years...RULE IT OUT!"

KRISTEN ABBOTT
Founder/President of Bekah & Friends Foundation
http://www.battleforbekah.org         

THANK YOU, KRISTEN, FOR SHARING THE STORY ABOUT BEKAH. I APPRECIATE ALL THAT YOU ARE DOING TO INCREASE THE AWARENESS OF THIS TOO OFTEN DEVASTATING DISEASE. GOD BLESS YOU.                  

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