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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, January 29, 2015



     Today I am emphasizing how we each might heal from within, no matter our age, present living situation, or our sex. I am borrowing some ideas from an author and nurse, Elizabeth Scala and in her book Nursing from Within. Her  experiences as a nurse led her to seek ways for being more healthy in the workplace as a nurse. Her suggestions apply to all of us in our daily living. Here are just a few:

Problem Solving:
     "Band-aids do not work." Example: "I am always late" for everything. Solutions: Talk to a counselor to find out what is the underlying cause(s). Learned behavior from family? Incorrect thinking it brings positive attention to me? I do not realize the consequences?

     Family issues are unfortunately abundant. There may be jealousy, anger, or even hatred between two or more family members. Talk about the issues, forgive or say "I'm sorry" are a must to have self-growth.

      To fix problems we often have to change our old-age thinking process which maybe worked for a period of time. Time to challenge yourself to seek out new ways to think or respond to issues.

Change yourself:
     It is not always easy. Some people may be critical of the new choices and behaviors you are choosing. For example: change how you react to stress. Let it flow through and out. Or as I wrote in a blog "step to the left" of it.

     Learn from yesterday's events and just plan and/or dream for the future. You only have TODAY!

     Don't keep reliving a negative experience; only the positive ones!

Follow your dreams:
     First of all, we must believe in our dreams. Listen to your heart; knock at or open doors that might lead you on your path.

***When we are angry, depressed, frustrated it does affect our ability to heal from within because of the hormones: adrenaline, norepinephrine, and cortisol.  When they are released for extended periods of time they can decrease immune system, libido and increase blood pressure and sugar production. They are destructive to the body physically, spiritually, and mentally.

Begin the practice of "Healing from Within." Apply the principles and examples from Ms. Scala's book in your everyday life at work or home.

Spiritual Practice Nurse, Elizabeth Scala, transforms the profession of nursing from the inside out. Individuals typically enter nursing with a desire to provide compassionate, heart-based care. Challenged by regulations, financial pressures, and technological advancements today’s nurse struggles to balance the art with the science of nursing. Elizabeth inspires nursing teams to reconnect with the passionate and fulfilling joy of their career. http://elizabethscala.com/

Nursing from Within is an innovative and uplifting guide for nurses at all levels of the profession. Learn how to shift your inner perspective so you can enjoy the work of helping others, regardless of how stressful or challenging the environment you are working in may be. Are you ready to rediscover the joy and passion of nursing? ‘Nursing from Within: A Fresh Alternative to Putting Out Fires and Self-Care Workarounds’ is available now. Get your copy today by visiting Elizabeth Scala’s site, or purchase directly from Amazon.

Thursday, January 22, 2015


I had a health challenge in 2014 that is continuing into the new year. I have learned and relearned some important lessons from the experience when my ovarian cancer came back.

Beautiful lessons:
  • I am blessed to have so much love and support from family, friends, and even strangers.
  • Only brief "pity parties" are of value; otherwise, "happy parties" are just that: HEALTHY
  • Eating healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, and lean meat provide the body with necessary vitamins and minerals. 
  • A "spoonful of sugar" is okay in my diet. I know this is a controversial subject, but it works for me if kept in strict moderation.
  • I learned that living for today is most important...use yesterday as a lesson and set goals and dreams for tomorrow. 

Resolutions for 2015 are to continue the ones from 2014, and add: 
  • More exercise, which is saying get back into daily walks and yoga. 
  • Spend more quality time with friends and family.
  • Learn to enjoy the little things even more...there are so many of them (birds chirping, waves on the lake, sunshine, smelling flowers, etc). Did I say "little things"? They are little only from the respect that I have too often taken them for granted.

Being a healthy person involves physical, emotional and spiritual health. My belief is that these three aspects certainly do interact with one another and therefore are interdependent. 
The healthier me relies greatly on keeping my spiritual self strong. My faith in God and living life as He would have me live it is essential. 

I wish for each of you a healthy and happy new year. You each have made my life more healthy and beautiful...your prayers, love, and support are the greatest gifts I have received all year long.

I invite you to read "Nursing from Within," which is a book by Elizabeth Scala that could also be called "Healing from Within." Next week the blog will be about how each of us can and must heal from within so our lives are happier and healthier. I borrowed ideas from Ms. Scala for this and next week's blog. www.elizabethscala.com

Friday, January 16, 2015


  1. Get Pap test no later than age 21 and be retested every 2 years ages 200 and 29.
  2. If older than 30 every 3 years if they have had 3 normal Pap tests in a row.
  3. Women 65 and older can stop Pap tests if they have had 3 normal results in a row.
                                                                            (U.S. Preventative Services Task Force)

  1. Irregular menstrual periods
  2. Vaginal discharge with unpleasant odor
  3. Watery vaginal discharge
  4. Vaginal discharge tinged with blood
  5. Back or pelvic pain
  6. Painful sex                                                      (Cancer Center of America)


  1. A group of more than 150 related viruses.
  2. More than 40 types can be passed from one person to the next through sexual contact
  3. High risk HPV is major cause of cervical cancer
  4. Gardasil and Cervarix are two vaccines for prevention of HPV; 
  5. It is recommended that both males and females between ages of 9 and 25 get the Gardasil or females between ages 9 and 25 get Cervarix
                                                                                   (Medicine Plus)


         "Treat your body like the temple that it is...it is the house of your soul."
        "This is the only body you will have; it cannot be traded in for a new model."
    "Have a positive attitude, practice forgiveness, meditate or pray on a daily basis, and laugh and cry every day."

Some of us who are gynecologic cancer survivors are supporting the movement to have Coca-Cola cans be in teal for the month of September 2015. We ask for your help by writing them a letter and sending it to: Voices of Teal, c/o Ashley Altman, P.O. Box 247, Lebanon, GA 30146. She will send them all together in a packet to Coca-Cola. Thank you for your help.  

In my book, Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir, you will learn about hope and healing from within. Available at www.amazon.com. 

All proceeds go to gynecologic cancer research at Florida Hospital Cancer Institute.

Thursday, January 8, 2015


When we think of celebrating a "New Year" we usually think of resolutions, parties, the New York City ball coming down at midnight on the eve of the new year. I do find that setting resolutions helpful, but I also like to take the time to celebrate people who have contributed positivity to my life.

Resolutions are promises to ourselves to make a positive change, or to stop a negative behavior.

This tradition has a long history:
  • The ancient Babylonians promised to pay old debts and return objects.
  • The Romans started each new year by making promises to their god, Janus.
  • The "peacock vow" was made in Medieval times by knights renewing their vows to chivalry.
  • Christians pray and make resolutions at midnight church services on December 31st.
  • Judaism has a rich history of seeking forgiveness for past wrongdoings; and to forgive others.

I am celebrating some good news that came out in 2014 for ovarian cancer:
  • New drug, Lynparza (olaparib) approved by the FDA
  • Excess weight gain linked to increase risk of developing ovarian cancer
  • Experimental vaccine for ovarian cancer continues to gain momentum

I am also celebrating and honoring those who have made our world a better place:
  • Pope Francis, a champion of social justice.
  • All the medical researchers who are finding cures and help for all or us.
  • Xiao Meili, brought attention to sexual abuse in China and the world.
  • Katherine Chastain Treat, author about environmental allergens.
  • Stuart Scott, sportscaster who taught us how "you beat cancer by how you live."
The list could go on, but the real question is: what do you and I do to make this a better world? We can only start with ourselves, and then on to our family, friends, and neighbors. Loving and positive acts could apply in any relationship, so let's resolve to be kinder, wiser, and forgiving to others.

                 "If you have not often felt the joy of doing a kind act, you have neglected much, 
                                         and most of all yourself." (A. Neilen)