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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.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

OVARIAN CANCER SYMPTOMS

                       An introduction by me, a survivor, thriver, and advocate:

   "SOME OF YOU MIGHT BE TIRED OF READING ABOUT OVARIAN CANCER ON THIS BLOG SITE...BUT MY CONCERN IS, DO YOU REMEMBER THE SYMPTOMS? DO YOU KEEP A DIARY? DO YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO OR WHO TO SEE? HAVE YOU TOLD OTHERS WHAT YOU HAVE LEARNED?
    "IF YOUR ANSWER IS NO TO MOST OR ALL OF THESE QUESTIONS, THEN PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ THIS BLOG AND THOSE THAT WILL FOLLOW OVEER THE NEXT FOUR WEEKS. THE INFORMATION COULD SAVE YOUR OR SOMEONE ELSE'S LIVE."

Let's start with some disturbing statistics:
                22,000 women in the U.S. alone will be diagnosed
                14,000 women in the U.S. alone will not survive 5 years.
                This disease will affect young girls and any age group of women.

  A happy group of survivors singing about the symptoms of ovarian cancer:              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsCBkXTM0Yk&feature=youtu.be

     The symptoms can be any one or a combination of:
  1. Bloating
  2. Abdominal or pelvic pain
  3. Back pain
  4. Digestive problems,
  5. Vaginal bleeding or unusual discharge
  6. Bowel changes
  7. Urinary frequency
  8. Painful intercourse
  9. Fatigue


                                   KEEP A DIARY. HERE ARE SOME LINKS:
                             
                               http://www.ovariancancerin.org/symptomdiary.pdf
          http://www.sloca.org/files/8814/0793/9934/Symptom_Diary_Guidance_FINAL.pdf
                                                                 OR
                                     Just keep track on an ordinary calendar

MY PERSONAL RECOMMENDATION (WHICH IS SUPPORTED BY MANY SURVIVORS AND PROFESSIONALS), SEEK OUT MEDICAL ATTENTION WITH YOUR GYNECOLOGIST IF ANY OF THESE SYMPTOMS PERSIST FOR 2 WEEKS.

     INSIST on having a pelvic, rectal, and abdominal examination AND an transvaginal ultrasound
                                                 and a blood test called CA125.

PLEASE watch this video and listen to this lady's words of advice:
                                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjPHz13Svck
She may use humor and a light-hearted approach, but that is okay because her message is great and she keeps the viewer's attention.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog. I encourage you to forward it on to all your friends so we can help women all over the world and save lives.

For the month of Sept. Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir is offered at discounted prices. For a signed paperback go to http://amzn.to/R0zjva.
For an ebook version go to http://amzn.to/1LRfeS6

2 comments:

lovecats said...

Thanks for the reminders!

Karen Ingalls said...

We all need to be reminded. They are so subtle and can cause misdiagnoses.