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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.

Sunday, March 19, 2017


 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


      "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:

                      Some websites for your consideration:
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Monday, March 6, 2017


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.