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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 Writers International Society of Authors, and Patient Leadership Council. I WILL NOT USE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS FOR ANY OTHER PURPOSE THAN CONTACTING YOU DIRECTLY. ALL ORIGINAL CONTENT COPYRIGHT 2011 THROUGH 2018.

Friday, July 27, 2012


As Margaret Lee Runbeck stated, "Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling." How am I choosing to live my life? Am I trying to find the good or positive? Have I allowed a fear or lack of confidence to cloud my perspective? Do I let the reactions of others influence me?

I believe that I am the only one who can create happiness in me. When an event occurs I may find good things in it that will make me smile. Another person might experience that same event and may not find joy in it. At such times there is an opportunity for each person to learn from the other. Perhaps we might come to a deeper understanding, or see the event from a different perspective, or come to appreciate the differences in people. Happiness has levels of intensity, and will not always be a "Rocky Mountain high." Contentment is a wonderful state of happiness.

For me, how I live each moment of every day is an important key to experiencing happiness. I like the quote "Happiness is like jam, you can't spread even a little without getting some on yourself." (Vern McLellan) When we are around happy people it often affects us in a positive way; and the reverse is true for those who are sad or depressed. No one is happy all the time. Our feelings are changing sometimes minute to minute or day to day. 

When I travel in the manner of happiness, my mental, spiritual, and physical health is improved. I want to live with a smile to share with others; and lick the jam of happiness on my fingers!


  1. Thank you Karen, for the reminder to look for things to be thankful for. You're right. We all see things differently, but we can all make an effort to live victoriously.

    1. Shirley, I appreciate your kind remarks and insight. I pray that as you travel through life, it will be a journey of seeing the world as a half-full glass.

  2. Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir.
    An open, honest and emotional account of courage and cognition shared by a woman looking ino the face of her own mortality. A marvelous chronicle which Karen shares her gifts of endurance and positive mental attitude, demonstrating how to delight in Gods everyday presence. There is much to be learned, a true story that leaves you warmed.
    A Love story. Karen, with her husband Jim, blend their fears and tears, their generous spirit, success and happiness. The challenges faced each day is a powerful reminder how this could be anyone's personal journey.
    Please believe us. The tears, smiles, some chuckles and situations that warmed our hearts were just a few emotions we experienced, attaching us to each page.
    Stan & Jayne Hamerski - Victoria, MN

    1. Thank you so much for your very kind words and support of me. I am grateful that you have been there for me the entire time; your prayers are appreciated; and your friendship and love are true gifts to me.