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My journey as a writer began as a child, but my first published book came as a result of my ovarian cancer diagnosis. The title is Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir which received three awards. All proceeds are donated to gynecologic cancer research. 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. ALL ORIGINAL CONTENT COPYRIGHT 2011 THROUGH 2018.

Friday, September 30, 2016


                          "Keep your face to the sunshine, 
                         and you cannot see the shadows."
                                      (Helen Keller)

       What a beautiful and very meaningful philosophy. To think that such a quote from a 
      woman who never saw the sun shine. Perhaps her eyes physically did not see the 
      beauty of the sun's rays, her soul/spirit saw them. At a deep level that many of us
      do not reach, she knew that seeing shadows was self-destructive and unhealthy.

      Those of us who have had to hear the words, "You have cancer" wanted to retreat
      into the shadows. We could not see the sun for a period of time. For some of us it 
      might be only for a few days, others months, and a few never step out of the shadows.

      When I was diagnosed for the first time in 2008 with ovarian cancer, I went into a cocoon
      for a couple of days grieving and adjusting to what was now my new life. I asked questions. 
      I researched. I prayed. I leaned on the shoulders of friends and let the hugs from them
      and family help me to lift my eyes up to the sunshine.

      In 2014 I was diagnosed again with two tumors, one in the lung and one in the pelvis.
      I was shocked because I felt so good and had no symptoms. I was put on chemo-
      therapy for two years. I continued to live each day to the fullest trying to follow
      God's will. Still I researched, prayed, and had the arms of family and friends to
      embrace me.

      Three days ago I learned that once again I have a cancerous tumor. I will be having
      extensive surgery and probably chemotherapy. I know that your love, support, and
      prayers will help me outshine the cancer. My faith in God is strong and I know that
      He is with me every step of the way. As long as I keep my eyes on Him (on the sunshine),
      I will not be in the shadows of despair and fear.

No matter what challenge, disease, or cancer 
we face, we must never lose




cristina whitehawk said...

You see the miracles when you have your face to the sunshine. Blessings.

Karen Ingalls said...

Thank you, Cristing. Your good wishes and prayers mean a lot. And, yes, keeping my eyes on the sunshine...will help me to outshine this newest challenge.