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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 two 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 2017.

Monday, March 27, 2017

HEALTH CONSTRUCTION ZONE



  As some of you know already, I will be "going
         through the health construction zone " for a period of time. 
         I am an 8-1/2 year ovarian cancer survivor, however the 
         cancer returned with a tumor in my pelvis in Oct. 2016.



  Since then I have been receiving chemotherapy drugs plus 
          Avastin which stops the blood supply to tumors. I am
          happy to say the tumor has shrunk to where the gyn-
          colonic-oncologist surgeon is anticipating an uncompl-
          icated colon resection to remove the tumor.



(An image of the colon. Right?)

   My surgery will be Tuesday, March 28, and I will
          be in the hospital for 5-7 days and then an indeterminate
          time of recovery.

   As soon as I am able to be on my computer and have
           a clear mind to write, I will have this site up and 
           running again. Hopefully there will be no detour
           or stop signs; but only "construction complete."



   I have great faith in my gynecologic oncologist
            surgeon, his team of nurses, and most important I know
            that The Great Physician is with me every minute of
            every day. He will also be guiding the surgeons.



   I will try to keep you updated as to how my health is in
           the construction zone. I thank you for your prayers
           and support. I anticipate a beautiful road of life ahead.

                             
 
    Karen Ingalls
              

Sunday, March 19, 2017

HEALTHY/HELPFUL BOOKS ABOUT CANCER

 I am highlighting sources that I have personally found very helpful for any type of cancer. It is also important to take good care of your health, have regular checkups, and listen/act upon any unusual symptoms.

Cancer in any form is a frightening diagnosis. Here are some facts & figures from The American Cancer Society:

  •  There will be 1,688,780 new cases in 2017
  • There will be 600,980 deaths.
  • New cases are almost equal between men and women
These statistics are not to cause fear or dread, but to emphasize the importance of taking good care of ourselves. 
  • Do not smoke
  • Be safe in the sun
  • Eat healthy 
  • Be active and exercise
  • Get yearly breast, pelvic & rectal, and prostate exams (physicians will vary in their opinions about how often these exams should take place). 
  • I advocate for yearly breast, pelvic and rectal exams every year in women of all ages.
  • There has been a rise in cases of colon cancer at alarming rates. Here is a link with a chart of recommended times for screenings: https://www.cancer.org/cancer/colon-rectal-cancer/detection-diagnosis-staging/acs-recommendations.html
   



 INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES FROM CANCER SURVIVORS

      "Cancer didn't bring me to my knees, it brought me to my feet." Michael Douglas
                                 
                                        "Don't miss your life." Valerie Harper

                     "It's about focusing on the fight, not the fright." Robin Roberts

      "It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today
                        and the reality of tomorrow." Robert H. Goddard

    "More than 10 million Americans are living with cancer, and they demonstrate the 
                   ever-increasing possibility of living beyond cancer." Sheryl Crow






Ovarian Cancer: You Can Not Be Serious by Janice Coggins




The Unconventional Guide to Ovarian Cancer by Latrisha McFadden







The Truth About Cancer by Ty M. Bollinger






Dying To Be Me by Anita Moorjani








Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir by Karen Ingalls



                All of these books are available on Amazon.

       Here are some Facebook sites for your consideration:
           https://www.facebook.com/noccnational/
           https://www.facebook.com/OCRFA/
           https://www.facebook.com/CancerSupportCommunity/
           https://www.facebook.com/su2c/


                      Some websites for your consideration:
                         www.americancancersociety.com
                         https://prevention.cancer.gov/
                         https://www.cancer.org/healthy.html
                         https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov ›
                           


  

KEEP YOUR FACE TO THE SUNSHINE




                          "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, Helen Keller 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 heard the words, "You have cancer" wanted to retreat
      into the shadows. We could not see the sun or rays of hope 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 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.

      The two tumors returned in Oct. of 2016. Two weeks ago I had surgery to remove the 
      abdominal tumor and will start radiation to the tumor in the lung.

     

No matter what challenge we face...divorce, financial ruin, job loss, death of loved ones, 
      etc. I believe we are to keep our face to the sunshine. Or, look up to God for strength and
      guidance. I believe we are to learn from each experience and become stronger. 

                  *I think of Mr. M., Mr. W.,  Mr. B. to name but a few, who have lost their wives
                    to cancer.
                  *I think of dear friends, Marilyn, Marsha, and Donna who buried their loved ones.
                  *I pray for those facing divorce.
                  *I rejoice for friends who found peace and joy though their world had been turned
                    upside down due to financial losses.
                  *I pray for friends who daily face health difficulties due to long term illnesses.

                       All of these people turned their faces to the sunshine and proved to
                                     have the same strength as Helen Keller did.

                                            Enjoy this video and let it lift your soul:
               https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIucRL4iQTI&feature=player_embedded


   
                 My thanks to each of you who have been inspirational role models to me.


            **Don't forget that anytime my book is sold, "Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir"
                              all proceeds go to gynecologic/ovarian cancer research**


     

Monday, March 6, 2017

THE TRAIN OF LIFE

This poem is a powerful one which I thought needed to be shared. The author is unknown and there are several versions to it. The message is an important one and I thank each of you for being one of the passengers on my train of life.


At birth we boarded the train and meet our parents,
And we believe they will always travel on our side.

However, at some station
Our parents will step down from the train,
Leaving us on this journey alone.
  
As time goes by,
Other people will board the train;
And they will be significant
I.e. Our siblings, friends, children,
And even the love of your life.

Many will step down
And leave a permanent vacuum.

Others will go so unnoticed
That we don't realize
They vacated their seats.


This train ride will be full of joy,
Sorrow, fantasy, expectations,
Hellos, goodbyes, and farewells.

Success consists of having a good relationship
With all passengers
Requiring that we give the best of ourselves.
  
The mystery to everyone is:
We do not know at which station
We ourselves will step down.
  
So, we must live in the best way,
Love, forgive, and offer the best of who we are.

It is important to do
This because when the time comes for us to step down
And leave our seat empty
We should leave behind beautiful memories
For those who will continue to travel on the train of life.

I wish you a joyful journey on the train of life.
Reap success and give lots of love.
More importantly, thank God for the journey.


Lastly, I thank you
For being one of the passengers on my train.