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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.

Thursday, February 28, 2013



From my book, Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir, is this piece of prose:

                                  WHAT CANCER CANNOT DO

                                          It cannot invade the soul,
                                          Suppress memories,
                                          Kill friendship,
                                          Conquer the spirit,
                                          Shatter hope,
                                          Cripple love,
                                          Corrode faith,
                                          Steal eternal life,
                                          Silence courage.

                                                          (Author Unknown)

  •       Cancer is cells growing out of control. Humans as well as animals have had cancer throughout recorded history. There have been many theories (attachment below) as to its cause: chronic, infectious (16th Century), lymphatic (1700's), humoral (Hippocrates) to blastema (1830's).  
  •      How do we get cancer? Is it all genetic? or chemical? or environmental? We know smoking is a contributing factor for many cancers. The government of Canada has banned the use of BPA in consumer products as described by Valerie Johnston's report (see attachment below). Researchers know that the mutated BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes have direct links to breast and ovarian cancers. We do not have all the answers as to what causes any cancer, but science is making headway.
  •      For me, I believe in following the healthy guidelines by Mayo Clinic which were presented in my blog "What Is So Special About February?" dated February 6, 2013. I will read about the latest research and come to informed decisions about what I believe is right for me. 
  •     The ovarian cancer might return or I might develop another kind of cancer. What is important is not letting cancer rule my life; I will embrace the words of What Cancer Cannot Do, instead.
  •      It is important to support the research being done. Proceeds from my book go to ovarian cancer research at Mayo Clinic and Florida Hospital, where I know the money goes to research.





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  2. Amen to what cancer cannot do. I have a similar article on my website entitled Two Things Cancer Doesn't Change. (http://riseandsoar.com/?461). It just shows it's not as all powerful as 'it' likes to think! Thanks for this Karen.

    1. Shirley, your website is always an inspiration to me, just as your book (Strength Renewed) was. When I received the piece of prose "What Cancer Cannot Do" it lifted me up and it became part of a mantra.
      Thank you for your thoughts. They are appreciated.