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Ovarian cancer will be diagnosed in 1 of 72 women; 14,000 will die. Please know the symptoms and risk factors: read Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir. Books at www.amazon.com. ALL PROCEEDS GO TO GYNECOLOGIC CANCER RESEARCH. I am a member of Rave Reviews Book Club and Rave Writer's International Society of Authors, and Patient Leadership Council for Tesaro, Inc. I WILL NOT USE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS FOR ANY OTHER PURPOSE THAN CONTACTING YOU DIRECTLY. ALL ORIGINAL CONTENT COPYRIGHT 2011 THROUGH 2018.

Thursday, October 30, 2014


        Friendship is a relationship of mutual affection and a strong bond between two people.

                                     "Friends are angels who lift us to our feet
                              when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly."

When I was a college student at the University of Colorado, five of us young women formed a bond for those four years plus another 51 years. We scattered in different directions geographically and career-wise, but we always stayed in touch. We had our first reunion 3 years ago with three out of five us making it. 

There is a bond between the four of us who play golf every week. An opportunity to share, laugh, and just have good fun.

A group of us women gather for lunch on a regular basis and we share our joys and fears. We support one another with listening, kind words, and love.

I am blessed to have friends from a "card club" I started the year I retired in 2000. The group has changed a lot and is now down to 5 of us. We laugh more than play cards, and we have always been there for each other. 

Such special and beautiful women I have met as we share the journey of ovarian cancer. They are truly gifts from God who have filled my life through their ministry, tears, sharing, hugs, and even laughter. 

We even show off our bald heads with smiles and hugs!

Those people who do not have friends usually tend not to enjoy good health nor live as long. They are often bitter and lonely. As we discussed last week about seeing the glass half full, friendships stimulate good health.

Through this blog I have made friends around the world, and though we may never meet in person, I know there is a bond. I give thanks for such a gift.

WEGO Health is once again having its annual Health Activist Awards. If you would be interested in nominating me for "Best Blog" please go to www.awards.wegohealth.com Thank you for your support.

Thursday, October 23, 2014


                                 HEALTHY WAYS TO COPE WITH STRESS

     Last week I shared #19 humorous statements about stress. Though they may have put a smile on your face, each one had a deep and meaningful message.  Here are some healthy ways to cope with stress and see the glass half full.

Humor is certainly an important way to see life as half full. When I came home from the hospital after having major surgery for ovarian cancer, I watched as many episodes of Leave It To Beaver, The Carol Burnett Show, I love Lucy,  and old movies of Laurel & Hardy, The Marx Brothers, and Charlie Chaplin. Laughter and smiles release endorphins, which are important hormones for relaxation, peacefulness, and stimulating the immune system.

     Meditation or Deep State of Prayer is the most powerful de-stressor as a person allows their mind to declutter, be quiet, and listen to the Word of God. Sometimes it requires practice, a quiet spot, and patience to achieve a time of spiritual peace. I often use a tape or CD of guided imagery to help me quiet my mind, open my heart, and relax my body.

Most any form of  exercise stimulates the cardiovascular system, the mind, and emotions are kept at a healthy place. Listen to your body and find the form of exercise that is best for you. No matter your age or state of health there are exercises right for you. As the commercial states: "A body in motion tends to stay in motion."

     When I see the glass half empty, I often journal about what is troubling me. So often I find that writing a poem, a short story, or just writing down whatever comes to my mind allows me to gain a new perspective on the issue(s). I have used this method most of my life. Once the issue is resolved, a heaviness on the heart is lifted.


Love of food is both a curse and a gift. If we overindulge in any of the food groups, our body will be sluggish and not digest it well. Often the foods we crave or want during stressful times, are the very foods we should not be eating. Sugars and alcohol are the most sought after during such times and both of them will only increase your stress. Eating healthy foods that are high in vitamins and minerals will promote health, emotionally and physically.

The Power of Positive Thinking was popularized by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale and it still holds true today. Just think about how you feel and react to a negative person. Nothing is right with them or the world. They drain your energy and you do not want to be around them. Right? I had to turn the very negative situation of "You have cancer" into where I could say, "I have cancer. What am I going to do to make my life the best it can be? What can I learn and therefore, grow?"


Read more about how I kept my glass half full.



Thursday, October 16, 2014


                          "Is the glass half empty or half full?" asked the teacher.

     How we see a glass of water is the level of stress we are experiencing. If it is negative stress (illness, divorce, etc.) we will tend to eat poorly, sleep less, be angry, and see life as a half empty glass.

     If the glass is half full our stress might be due to our upcoming wedding, a new job or home for which we have been hoping for, etc. The stressor is a positive one and we respond with a smile rather than a frown.

     One day the teacher went a little further and said, "It does not matter how much the glass of water weighs (or is half full or half empty). It depends on how long I hold it." The body cannot maintain good health if it is in a heightened and energized positivity mode or in a paralyzing state of negativity for too long.

     The longer we hold onto a glass of water, or stress...for an hour, several hours, a day, weeks, months, or years...the heavier and more paralyzing it becomes. The arm, or body, will ache; the mind and emotions will become negative and angry; and the spirit will begin to blame others or God. The glass of water, or the stress, will become a burden.

                          Don't carry the burden through the evening and into the night. 
                       Here are 19 light-hearted answers to the water glass of life...enjoy.

1. Accept the fact that some days you're the pigeon and some days you're the statue.

2. Always keep your words soft and sweet just in case you have to eat them.

3. Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.

4. Drive carefully...It's not only cars that can be recalled by their Maker.

5. If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.

6. If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.

7. It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.

8. Never buy a car you can't push.

9. Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won't have a leg to stand on.

10. Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.

11. Since it's the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.

12. The second mouse gets the cheese.

13. When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.

14. Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.

15. Some mistakes are too much fun to make only once.

16. We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty, and some are dull. Some have weird names and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.

17. A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

18. Have an awesome day and know that someone has thought of you today.

19. Save the earth...It's the only planet with chocolate!

My thanks to Garden Web and Suz-anne for sharing this post. http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/kitchentable/msg0114164427827.html
Next week I will present ways to lower our stress levels.

I will be sending gifts of thanks to two people: Kathryn and Hanna, who responded to my drawing of names in my previous blog. Congratulations and thank you for your continual support of me.

Thursday, October 9, 2014


                                        IT'S MY BLOG'S THIRD ANNIVERSARY!!!!!

    Written Oct. 12, 2011, the title of my first blog was "Facing Ovarian Cancer." At that time I had been in remission for 3-1/2 years. Three years later there have been 158 posts and 409 comments.

                           SOME HIGHLIGHTS FROM THESE PAST 3 YEARS:

     18 guest bloggers:

    Shirley Corder from South Africa author and breast cancer survivor;
    Nonnie Jules, author;
    Susan Gonzalez, author and breast cancer survivor;
    Pamela Christian, author;
    Katie Hayoz, author;
    Linda Ryan, cervical cancer survivor;
    Keith Carlson, nurse and radio-internet personality;
    Rachel Lozano, Askin's tumor survivor;
    Lynnette Shepherd, author;
    Laura Hedgecock, blogger;
    Cecilia Crandall, ovarian cancer advocate;
    Madhavi Sood from India, poet;
    Charlotte Hunt, author;
    Winsome Campbell-Green, author;
    Elaine Stock, author and blogger,
    Kristen Abbott, mother and blogger for Bekah and Friends,
    Bonnie Donihi, ovarian cancer advocate, and
    Georgia Hurst, blogger for Lynch Syndrome,


Pageviews by Countries 

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                                                               Most Pageviews:

                              Obsessed with Life                 11/21/2013             468

                              Making a Bird's Nest                2/28/2014             385

                              Abdominal Bloating                   5/9/2012             304

                              God's Medicine Chest                8/9/2012             244

                              Lynch Syndrome                      7/10/2014             235

I have been honored to receive recognitions, awards, and admitted to groups:
                          cancer blog                                   Del Immune Top Cancer Blog

          LET'S PARTY...
                  I AM GIVING AWAY THREE GIFTS...
                          I WILL RANDOMLY DRAW THREE NAMES
                               FROM THOSE OF YOU WHO GO TO THE COMMENT SECTION,
                                   WRITE "I WANT TO WIN A PRIZE,"
                                        AND LEAVE YOUR NAME FOR CONTACT.

                                 NAMES WILL BE DRAWN ON OCT. 15 AT MIDNIGHT (EST).
                                    WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON OCT. 16th's BLOG.

                                  THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT 

                                                                   I AM BLESSED.

Thursday, October 2, 2014


              HOPE is the feeling that what is wanted will happen; a belief in fulfillment.

                 As a child we might say, "I hope Santa brings me what I want."
                   The teenager might say, "I hope Bobby (or whomever) likes me."
                      A Christian begins to hope in the form of a prayer "I hope (pray) it is Thy will...."

We all have hopes and dreams as we go through life with its many challenges and awards. When we accept the deeper spiritual meaning of hope, our life is richer and more peaceful, healthy, and strong.

How does a person regain hope when it had been lost? Through prayer. Ask God to show you the way and He will. Talk to those people you love and trust, and they will instill words and actions filling you with hope. Read stories from Chicken Soup for the Soul, The Bible, Guideposts or follow links on the Internet under stories of hope.

Often it has been shown that when a person loses hope, the body fails to thrive, the spirit becomes depressed, and there are only words of negativity and despair.

With hope the body becomes energized releasing endorphins, increasing the body's own methods of self healing. There are more smiles and less frowns. There is a "light or glow" that radiates and touches everyone.


We each can be like the pansy and bring our frail bodies up straight and tall through the deepest, coldest, and hardest of circumstances. Without HOPE nothing matters.

                          I have met some incredible people who have had cancer, 
                               and their greatest attribute was a sense of HOPE. 


 HOPE is the driving force behind the new beginnings after any storm. Without hope a person, group or nation will not survive. Life's challenges can seem overwhelming for a time, but with a faith in God, the willingness to make necessary changes, and the human spirit of survival will get us through.