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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 4, 2014

THE BEAST: OVARIAN CANCER



         MANY WOMEN DESCRIBE THEIR JOURNEY WITH OVARIAN CANCER
                                   THE SAME AS FIGHTING OFF A BEAST.

It is a beast because it is lurking for months or years, awaiting for the prime time to attack...
        It "teases" us by giving us only subtle hints that it is there...
             And then, once its presence is found, it often reappears again and again...
                      Massive surgeries, chemotherapies, and radiation are the treatments of choice.

Does this sound like a fairy tale waiting for the knight in shining armor to rescue the fair maiden?

HERE ARE THE FACTS THAT EVERY FEMALE NEEDS TO KNOW WELL. PLEASE FORWARD THIS BLOG TO ALL YOUR FEMALE FRIENDS AND ASK THEM TO FORWARD ON TO THEIRS.

     1. Approximately 250,000 women in the world will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer this year.
         Most will NOT survive 5 years, because they are diagnosed in the late stages.

      2. There is NO reliable screening test.

      3. The subtle SYMPTOMS are:
               * Swollen abdomen
               * Pain in abdomen
               * Digestive changes
               * Frequent or urgent urinations
               * Change in bowel habits
               * Painful intercourse, spotting of blood, any unusual vaginal discharge.

       IF ANY OF THE ABOVE SYMPTOMS PERSIST FOR TWO WEEKS, GO TO A
                                     GYNECOLOGIST FOR EVALUATION.

     4. The RISK FACTORS are:
              * Personal or family history of breast, colon-rectal, or ovarian cancer.
              * Ashkenazi Jewish heritage
              * BRCA 1 or BRCA 2 positive gene mutation
              * Endometriosis history
              * Never having been pregnant
              * History of smoking
              * Infertility issues
              * Risk increases with age HOWEVER young girls (ages 9, 14, 17) been diagnosed.

Watch this video about a very brave 7 year oldhttp://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2014/09/03/girl-7-receives-rare-ovarian-cancer-diagnosis/


OUR KNIGHT IN SHINING ARMOR WILL APPEAR WHEN RESEARCH FINDS A RELIABLE SCREENING TEST, MEDICATIONS OR TREATMENTS THAT WILL ONLY DESTROY THE CANCER CELLS, AND WOMEN PAY ATTENTION TO THEIR BODIES WARNING SIGNALS AND ACT ON THEM.

Your body is the vessel that holds your soul. It is the only body you will have, so:
    * Keep your body weight within normal limits
    * Exercise
    * Smile, laugh, think positive
    * And live your life with love in your heart.

This is the first in a series of 4 blogs on ovarian cancer. September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Again, please share this blog with every woman you know, and ask her to do the same. Information is a key to successfully defeating the beast.

There will be 10 copies of my book, Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir, will be given away this month. Go to www.goodreads.com/giveaway and enter your name for the drawing.


6 comments:

The Savvy Sister said...

Thanks for this very informative post! We will share with all our followers! Keep spreading the word!

Karen Ingalls said...

And thank you for all the good work you do and your support of me.

Kathryn Treat said...

What an amazing story! At that age you just don't consider the possibility.

Kathy Dukes said...

HI Karen, I shared this on my timeline, great article. I'm posting every day this month on Ovarian cancer. Thank You for all your hard work. I'm excited this year we are making so much more noise on the beast. Teal will become the new Pink <3 Much Love, Kathy Dukes

Karen Ingalls said...

Thank you for posting this on your timeline. I encourage all those who read this blog to do the same.

Karen Ingalls said...

Unfortunately she is not the only "little girl" to whom this has happened. There are teenagers and young brides and mothers...it is just not a disease of us older ladies.