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My journey in surviving ovarian cancer has been a difficult one, and also rewarding. I have met many wonderful people, learned a lot about myself, and have a deeper appreciation for life. Follow me on Twitter @KarenIngalls1, www.facebook.com/Outshine-An-Ovarian-Cancer-Memoir, and you can find my book at: http://www.outshineovariancancer.com. Proceeds will be donated to funding ovarian cancer research. ALL ORIGINAL CONTENT COPYRIGHT 2011 THROUGH 2013.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

THE WATER GLASS QUESTION.


                          "Is the glass half empty or half full?" asked the teacher.

     How we see a glass of water is the level of stress we are experiencing. If it is negative stress (illness, divorce, etc.) we will tend to eat poorly, sleep less, be angry, and see life as a half empty glass.

     If the glass is half full our stress might be due to our upcoming wedding, a new job or home for which we have been hoping for, etc. The stressor is a positive one and we respond with a smile rather than a frown.

     One day the teacher went a little further and said, "It does not matter how much the glass of water weighs (or is half full or half empty). It depends on how long I hold it." The body cannot maintain good health if it is in a heightened and energized positivity mode or in a paralyzing state of negativity for too long.

     The longer we hold onto a glass of water, or stress...for an hour, several hours, a day, weeks, months, or years...the heavier and more paralyzing it becomes. The arm, or body, will ache; the mind and emotions will become negative and angry; and the spirit will begin to blame others or God. The glass of water, or the stress, will become a burden.

                          Don't carry the burden through the evening and into the night. 
                       Here are 19 light-hearted answers to the water glass of life...enjoy.

1. Accept the fact that some days you're the pigeon and some days you're the statue.

2. Always keep your words soft and sweet just in case you have to eat them.

3. Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.

4. Drive carefully...It's not only cars that can be recalled by their Maker.

5. If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.

6. If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.

7. It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.

8. Never buy a car you can't push.

9. Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won't have a leg to stand on.

10. Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.

11. Since it's the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.

12. The second mouse gets the cheese.

13. When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.

14. Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.

15. Some mistakes are too much fun to make only once.

16. We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty, and some are dull. Some have weird names and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.

17. A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

18. Have an awesome day and know that someone has thought of you today.

19. Save the earth...It's the only planet with chocolate!

My thanks to Garden Web and Suz-anne for sharing this post. http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/kitchentable/msg0114164427827.html
Next week I will present ways to lower our stress levels.

I will be sending gifts of thanks to two people: Kathryn and Hanna, who responded to my drawing of names in my previous blog. Congratulations and thank you for your continual support of me.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

HAPPY THIRD BLOGVERSARY!!!

                                        IT'S MY BLOG'S THIRD ANNIVERSARY!!!!!


    Written Oct. 12, 2011, the title of my first blog was "Facing Ovarian Cancer." At that time I had been in remission for 3-1/2 years. Three years later there have been 158 posts and 409 comments.

                           SOME HIGHLIGHTS FROM THESE PAST 3 YEARS:

     18 guest bloggers:

    Shirley Corder from South Africa author and breast cancer survivor;
    Nonnie Jules, author;
    Susan Gonzalez, author and breast cancer survivor;
    Pamela Christian, author;
    Katie Hayoz, author;
    Linda Ryan, cervical cancer survivor;
    Keith Carlson, nurse and radio-internet personality;
    Rachel Lozano, Askin's tumor survivor;
    Lynnette Shepherd, author;
    Laura Hedgecock, blogger;
    Cecilia Crandall, ovarian cancer advocate;
    Madhavi Sood from India, poet;
    Charlotte Hunt, author;
    Winsome Campbell-Green, author;
    Elaine Stock, author and blogger,
    Kristen Abbott, mother and blogger for Bekah and Friends,
    Bonnie Donihi, ovarian cancer advocate, and
    Georgia Hurst, blogger for Lynch Syndrome,

     


Pageviews by Countries 

Graph of most popular countries among blog viewers
EntryPageviews
United States
21014
Russia
1595
United Kingdom
893
Germany
772
France
738
Canada
692
Ukraine
453
Australia
267
Turkey
226
China
185



                                                               Most Pageviews:

                              Obsessed with Life                 11/21/2013             468

                              Making a Bird's Nest                2/28/2014             385

                              Abdominal Bloating                   5/9/2012             304

                              God's Medicine Chest                8/9/2012             244

                              Lynch Syndrome                      7/10/2014             235



I have been honored to receive recognitions, awards, and admitted to groups:
                          cancer blog                                   Del Immune Top Cancer Blog
                                                   
           






IT IS AN ANNIVERSARY...
          LET'S PARTY...
                  I AM GIVING AWAY THREE GIFTS...
                          I WILL RANDOMLY DRAW THREE NAMES
                               FROM THOSE OF YOU WHO GO TO THE COMMENT SECTION,
                                   WRITE "I WANT TO WIN A PRIZE,"
                                        AND LEAVE YOUR NAME FOR CONTACT.

                                 NAMES WILL BE DRAWN ON OCT. 15 AT MIDNIGHT (EST).
                                    WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON OCT. 16th's BLOG.

                                  THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT 

                                                                   I AM BLESSED.




Thursday, October 2, 2014

HOPE: THE RENEWING FORCE


              HOPE is the feeling that what is wanted will happen; a belief in fulfillment.




                 As a child we might say, "I hope Santa brings me what I want."
                   The teenager might say, "I hope Bobby (or whomever) likes me."
                      A Christian begins to hope in the form of a prayer "I hope (pray) it is Thy will...."

We all have hopes and dreams as we go through life with its many challenges and awards. When we accept the deeper spiritual meaning of hope, our life is richer and more peaceful, healthy, and strong.

   
How does a person regain hope when it had been lost? Through prayer. Ask God to show you the way and He will. Talk to those people you love and trust, and they will instill words and actions filling you with hope. Read stories from Chicken Soup for the Soul, The Bible, Guideposts or follow links on the Internet under stories of hope.




Often it has been shown that when a person loses hope, the body fails to thrive, the spirit becomes depressed, and there are only words of negativity and despair.

With hope the body becomes energized releasing endorphins, increasing the body's own methods of self healing. There are more smiles and less frowns. There is a "light or glow" that radiates and touches everyone.




                        


We each can be like the pansy and bring our frail bodies up straight and tall through the deepest, coldest, and hardest of circumstances. Without HOPE nothing matters.





      
                          I have met some incredible people who have had cancer, 
                               and their greatest attribute was a sense of HOPE. 


THE MONTH OF OCT. IS FOR BREAST CANCER, WHICH IS CONNECTED TO OVARIAN CANCER.
IF A WOMAN HAS BREAST CANCER, SHE IS AT GREATER RISK OF DEVELOPING OVARIAN CANCER AND VICE VERSA.




 HOPE is the driving force behind the new beginnings after any storm. Without hope a person, group or nation will not survive. Life's challenges can seem overwhelming for a time, but with a faith in God, the willingness to make necessary changes, and the human spirit of survival will get us through.  

                                                              

Friday, September 26, 2014

RESEARCH: COURAGE: HOPE


"WHEN ONE DOOR OF HAPPINESS CLOSES, ANOTHER OPENS; BUT OFTEN WE LOOK SO LONG AT THE CLOSED DOOR THAT WE DO NOT SEE THE ONE WHICH HAS BEEN OPENED FOR US." (Helen Keller)


RESEARCH:

     Dr. Robert Coleman states: "The coming revolution in ovarian cancer care is based on a new understanding of the 'heterogeneity' of ovarian cancer...There are more than 30 different subtypes....When we understand the molecular drivers of these cancers, we can select targeted therapies aimed at these cancers." (Cure Magazine, Sept. 2014)

    There are many treatments, tests, drugs being tested, but it is beyond the scope of this blog to present them. From the American Cancer Society, http://www.cancer.org/cancer/ovariancancer/detailedguide/ovarian-cancer-new-research; the Cancer Research Institute link is http://www.cancerresearch.org/cancer-immunotherapy/impacting-all-cancers/ovarian-cancerhttp://www.ocrf.orghttp://ovariancancer.jhmi.eduhttp://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/ovarian-cancer/care-at-mayo-clinic/research/con-20028096; and https://www.floridahospitalcancer.com/cancer-programs/gynecology-cancer/conditions/ovarian-cancer.

         I know that every penny we give towards research is a penny very well spent. 





     Regarding the recommendation from the American College of Physicians (internists) that healthy women of childbearing years do not need an annual pelvic exam: This recommendation is for healthy women of childbearing years. I don't agree with it at all, because our gynecologists are primary caregivers for most women, and most of us are diagnosed by our gyns. This recommendation also came from the American College of Physicians (internists), NOT the American Congress of Gynecologists. 



COURAGE:

Some women choose to get hysterectomies to prevent ovarian cancer even if it might mean giving up the possibility of having children. Their courage is remarkable.


 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2710121/Cruellest-dilemma-woman-face-  Would-YOU-chance-motherhood-cut-risk-cancer-Lorna-did-one-growing-number-opting-ovaries-removed.html

                  Lorna, age 40, has the BRCA1 gene. She lost her both her mother and sister to
                      ovarian cancer. She had both ovaries and fallopian tubes removed in 2012.




  • Matty Turner, 28, lost his wife, Natalie, six years after her diagnosis; Daniel McCarty's wife died 3 years after her diagnosis at the age of 38; and Paul Barton's wife, Jennifer, died at the age of 28. These three men started the White Shirt Campaign in Australia raising money for research and increased awareness.






    n July, 25-year-old Kristina Anderson was diagnosed with a rare, aggressive form of ovarian cancer and began chemotherapy treatments just three days later.
    Anderson said preparing for the pageant has been an escape for her.
    “Miss Arizona USA pageant is a little different than the county fair pageants I’m used to,” Anderson said.
    Though Anderson still has a long way to go, she hopes her journey to Miss Arizona will help inspire others to keep fighting too.
    “Just be positive and be grateful for what you have,” Anderson said.
    HOPE:

         Don't lose hope. When the sun goes down, the stars come out.. (Unknown)

         Hope is living with courage and confidence, not fear. (Penny Boldrey)

         Keep your face to the sunshine, and you cannot see the shadows. (Helen Keller)




    Thank you for your support during September, National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Though the month is ending, the need to continue our efforts must and will continue.
    Go to www.goodreads.com/giveaway to enter for your free copy of Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir. All proceeds go to research, provides information about this too often deadly disease, and offers hope and inspiration to women and their families. 

    www.outshineovariancancer.com