Everyone’s Story welcomes author Karen Ingalls to our little corner of the blog world. Karen and I have connected over 2 passions: our love of writing, and ovarian cancer. Karen has battled with the illness; my mother had passed away from it 28 years ago (and I had an ovarian tumor but praise God, it was benign). Another passion of mine is helping others over a good cause and this week Karen reaches out to those who are fighting ovarian/other cancer(s). I hope you’ll share this post with anyone who may need encouragement over an illness, whether family or friends or neighbors. Karen is offering her award-winning book, Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir to 2 commenters. A big by-the-way mention: all proceeds of this book are donated to gynecologic cancer research!! We’re both looking forward to chatting with you.
Karen is offering 2 randomly chosen commenters 1 print copy of Outshine, a perfect source of inspiration for either yourself or a loved one facing cancer. The winner will be announced here on Friday, December 2nd between 5-6 PM EST.
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OUTSHINING CANCER by Karen Ingalls
When anyone hears the word cancer it creates fear, anxiety, and sometimes panic.
This is true no matter the language, culture, religion, or nationality. When I heard, I am sorry but the tumor was cancerous I also felt fear and thought my life was over. This lasted about two days but as I asked questions, did research into ovarian cancer, and turned my fear over to God then I began to see the cancer as one of several challenges I have had to face.
I prefer to use the word challenge because it does signify negativity, but also an opportunity. Just as the athlete trains for the competition, I see my training as putting my body, mind, emotions, and spirit in optimum condition to live with cancer. I have always been the health nut of the family choosing to eat few red meats, little processed foods, and lots of fruit and vegetables. I have always exercised or been involved in yoga. Meditation or deep prayer has been a daily (or more) event.
I am a retired registered nurse who specialized in holistic counseling in my private practice as a nurse counselor. I offered the client therapeutic massage, healing touch, biofeedback in addition to the one on one counseling. I pursued these same modalities for myself and after the diagnosis I added Qigong, Reiki, and nutritional advice.
Since I was a preteen I wrote short stories, poems, and nightly wrote in my diary. I found this to be very helpful in dealing with my alcoholic parents and abuse from my stepfather. In the 1950’s there was no programs, information, or sources for those of who were being abused. It was a family secret!
I wrote and journaled for my healing and continued doing it right up to today. I did not think I had any gift for writing so I did not share it with anyone. One of the positive things that came out of my cancer diagnosis was the publication of my award winning book, Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir. This is the story of my cancer journey, which anyone who hears the words you have cancer will relate to it. Cancer is cancer is cancer. Even though our specific cancer might be different and there may some variations to our journeys, we do walk similar paths. It is my hope that my ways of training for this challenge, or coping, will help others.
I also wrote the book Outshine to bring awareness about this lesser known and too often deadly disease. Every female, no matter her age, needs to know the symptoms and act on them. Briefly, the most common symptoms are bloating, abdominal or pelvic pain, indigestion or feeling full sooner than normal, painful intercourse, changes in urination or bowel habits, etc. If these symptoms persist for only two weeks, it is imperative to see a physician and demand a transvaginal ultrasound and a blood test called a CA125. These tests are not expensive and they are all we have to help diagnose ovarian cancer at an early stage.
Too often physicians do not consider ovarian cancer initially when the patient presents with any or a couple of these symptoms. It is imperative that the woman know and share her family history and be proactive. Gilda Radner was sent from physician to physician until her cancer was so advanced she died young. This still happens today. Physicians, nurses, and every woman needs to know about ovarian cancer.
This cancer is not just for women over 60 years old. There have been diagnoses of preteens, those in their teens, twenties, thirties, and on up. Did you know that Olympic gymnast, Shannon Miller was diagnosed at age 34, Gilda Radner was 42, and Maureen Connolly the tennis champion was 34? A teenager in Florida was diagnosed at the age of 18, a 7 year old, and even an infant was diagnosed with rare forms of ovarian cancer.
I hope you will share this information with everyone. It is only through knowledge and action that we can save the 14,000 lives that are lost every year just in the United States alone. Please feel free to contact me at my website listed below if you have questions or require more information.
No matter if our challenge is related to health, relationships, finances, abuse, addiction, or any other number of events my holistic approach can be of help to the reader. I talk about such things as meditation or deep prayer, exercise, diet, imagery, and laughter to name just a few. I hope the reader will find the necessary ways to cope with the stress or challenge in his or her life.
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Karen Ingalls is an 8-year survivor of ovarian cancer; a retired registered nurse with a Master’s Degree in Human Development; author of three books; blogger at two sites; and a public speaker. Her first book is about her journey with ovarian cancer, which reaches across to anyone with cancer. All proceeds from that book go to gynecological cancer research. Her second book, Novy’s Son is about one man’s struggle to achieve his father’s love and acceptance but unfortunately uses anti-social behavior to achieve it. This is based on a true story, which reflects a common problem in our society where fathers do not know how to be fathers and teach their sons how to be responsible and loving parents themselves.
The third book is titled Davida: Model & Mistress of Augustus Saint-Gaudens. This is also based on a true story of America’s premier author in the 1800’s who fell in love with and had an affair and child with his model, Davida.
Karen is an active member of Rave Reviews Book Club, Florida Hospital Cancer Institute for gynecological cancers, Waterman Hospital gynecologic cancer support group, and Women for Hospice. She is available to give free seminars about women’s cancers in person or via Skype.
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