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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.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

GIVING THANKS DAY

                               




I have always wondered why we do not say "Happy Giving Thanks Day"...

                                             I GIVE THANKS, 

For the healing of my grandson. He will be discharged from the hospital after fighting off an aggressive bacterial infection.

                                           

For the safe delivery and health of our first great-grandchild:


For my healing from ovarian cancer...tumors are gone: 


AND I GIVE THANKS to each of you who have supported me through my website, blog, books, and being a part of my life. I praise God for these and other blessings.

www.outshineovariancancer.com

Thursday, November 20, 2014

I WISH I MAY, I WISH I MIGHT

                                For what do you wish?

                                                        World peace?
                                                             A better job?
                                                                 Improved health?
                                                                      Better relationship(s)?

I do not just wish, but I pray for world peace.  The first step to world peace starts with me...AND YOU. We must learn to get along with our own neighbors before we can extend the olive branch to our city, state, nation, and world neighbors.






I retired from the nursing profession some 10 years ago...I cannot imagine a better profession that helped to prepare me for my current job as an author and advocate.
I know that some of you are looking for a better or different job. I pray that you will keep yourself open to every opportunity...the door you peak into just might be the right door...so do not quickly pass by a door...it may be waiting for you to open it and go through.



I pray everyday for my teal sisters and a cure for ovarian cancer. I give thanks for this day and pray for many more days of good health and being cancer free.






Family relationships are sometimes the most difficult to keep harmonious. When I was a young mother I prayed that my family would be like Leave It To Beaver. Television shows are fantasies, but also they are vehicles from which we can learn. Relationships among friends, co-workers, and acquaintances require the same love, positivity, and forgiveness we need to give to our relatives.



I wish I may, I wish I might is a phrase referred to in both my books: Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir and Novy's Son, The Selfish Genius. From each one I hope you will learn about your role in life...physically, spiritually, and emotionally. Do we just wish? Or do we act with a heart open to wishes coming true.

                                                   http://www.outshineovariancancer.com
                                        www.amazon.com/Novy's Son, The Selfish Genius
                                  www.amazon.com/Outshine-An-Ovarian-Cancer-Memoir


Thursday, November 13, 2014

LESSONS FROM AN AIR CAST BOOT




In early September, I limped into my doctor’s office and described the muscle spasms in my right calf that had morphed into excruciating ankle pain. While speaking, my mind raced through possible remedies: physiotherapy (my preferred choice) or anti-inflammatory medication (I would grit my teeth and endure the nausea and upset stomach).

    
 “You’re having problems with your Achilles tendon,” he said after inspecting my calf and ankle. “The boot will do the trick.”

     “Excuse me?”

     “An Air Cast Boot,” he said while writing out a prescription. “You can pick one up at the Home Health Care Center across the street. Wear the boot for four to six weeks and your tendon will be back to normal.”

     “What if I just rest and take it easy for a week? Maybe take some Tylenol 3...or something stronger?”

     “Do you want to limp for the rest of your life?”

      A bit extreme, I thought, but I was in no position to argue. At the Center, I listened as the sales associate explained the boot’s benefits. Wearing it would slowly and safely restore strength in my tendon while keeping the foot and ankle at a constant angle. She also showed me how to inflate and deflate the boot, but my mind was elsewhere.

     There was no way I could drive, take the stairs, or walk on uneven terrain wearing that boot. And while I could remove it for showering and sleeping, I would have to wear the boot for at least ten hours a day.

    
 After two days of complaining about my “new” restrictions, I decided to focus on my blessings and emerging positives:

              **I started with a shift in perspective. In 2004, I was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer and had to undergo ten months of grueling treatments. In comparison, wearing an Air Cast Boot for six weeks would be a cakewalk.

              **The injury was a minor sprain and not one that would require a hard cast and months of physiotherapy.

              **My extended health benefits covered 80 percent of the boot’s cost.

              **I was grateful for the elevator in my condo building and the well-maintained grounds that enabled me to walk freely and confidently.

            **Whenever I ventured outside, I had renewed appreciation for ramps, elevators, automatic doors, and main level entrances.

           **Wearing a boot slowed me down and made me more mindful of each action taken. If it wasn’t necessary or pleasant, I let it go.

             

     
            
 After meeting with a foot specialist, I learned that improper footwear may have contributed to my Achilles tendon problem. I retired my heeled shoes and invested in Finn clogs and Etonic running shoes. Whenever I wear my new shoes, I know that my feet and ankles are comfortable and well-supported. Bliss!  

I retired my Air Cast boot on October 11, and can now walk without limping.





Ms. Guidoccio is an author and retired teacher. Her debut novel, Between Land and Sea is a paranormal romance about a middle-aged mermaid. "After giving up her tail for an international banker, Isabella of the Mediterranean kingdom is aged beyond recognition. The horrified banker abandons her on the fog-drenched shores of southwest England, leaving her to face a difficult human journey as a plain and practically destitute fifty-three year old woman.
With the help of a magic tablet and online mermaid support, Isabella evolves into the persona of Barbara Davies. Along the way, she encounters a cast of unforgettable characters, among them former mermaids, supportive and not-so-supportive women, deserving and undeserving men, and several New Agers."

http://joanneguidoccio.com
http://www.amazon.com/Between-Land-Sea-Joanne-Guidoccio-ebook

Thank you, Joanne for sharing your story which is a lesson from which we all can learn.



Thursday, November 6, 2014

MILITARY: & GLOBAL HEALTH ISSUES

                             

A worldwide concern for all those who serve in the military, especially for those who see combat, is their health issues. These are some of the common ones:

                                  Chemical: Agent Orange, contaminated water
                                  Radiation: Nuclear weapons, x-rays
                                  Air pollutants: Dust, burn pit smoke
                                  Occupational: Asbestos, lead
                                  Warfare agents: Chemical & biological weapons
                                  Psychological: Post Traumatic Syndrome


                            Yet, war is a fact throughout the history of the human race. 

MANY OF US AROUND THE WORLD FACE THESE SAME HEALTH CONCERNS, AND MORE. The health tips below are for everyone, not just the military.

                                              HEALTH/WELLNESS TIPS:

       1. Stop smoking. Stop smoking programs.
       2. Be up to date on vaccinations. Hepatitis A & B, polio, chicken pox, measles, mumps, 
           rubella, tetanus and diptheria.
       3. Annual flu shot
       4. Teach ways to prevent the spread of infection (hand washing, avoid people
           showing signs of a cold/flu, respiratory protection)
       5. Maintain normal weight with proper nutrition and exercise.


                                          RESOURCES FOR THE MILITARY:

WOUNDED WARRIORS is one program to help with finances, support, counseling, and equipment.

SOLDIERS' ANGELS whose motto is "may no soldier go unloved."

OPERATION INJURED SOLDIERS "...working to provide unique opportunities and experiences that are tailored to your needs and your family."

FISCHER HOUSE "helping military families."

                                          GLOBAL HEALTH RESOURCES:

           1. World Health Organization
           2. Major International Health Organization
           3. CDC Center for Global Health
           4. International Health Organization
           5. Fogarty International Center


My thanks to all those who sacrificed for world peace, and those individuals and organizations who provide health information, resources, and aide.

The ebola epidemic in Western Africa and the recent fears here in the United States, brings to the forefront that:
              1. We must give our bodies the healthiest choices.
              2. Eat plenty of vegetables and fruits, take vitamin supplements.
              3. Exercise
              4. Be up to date with immunizations
              5. Use hand washing and appropriate respiratory precautions.
              6. Do not smoke.

My book, Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir, is part of a drawing from November 3-17. Go to http://lps.wegohealth.com/book-giveaway-outshine/? and enter your name.

Some of you have nominated me for "Best Blogger" and I appreciate your support. Nominations are done at www,awards@wegohealth.com