Smorgasbord Posts from your Archives – Photography of Life by Karen Ingalls


Welcome to the third post in the the series from Karen Ingalls. Are the photographs that represent your life dark negatives or bright life affirming colours?

Photography of Life by Karen Ingalls

I recently read the novel, Winter Garden, which was a very moving and emotional story about two adult sisters and their aging mother about whom they know so little. One of the daughters is a professional photographer and somewhere in the book something is said to the effect: life is like photography, you develop from negatives.

A favorite quote by Ansel Adams is life is your art. When you look at works of art, what do you see? The paintings of Picasso confuse me and appear to portray a disjointed life. Some of the modern art by artists such as Jackson Pollack where paint is literally thrown or splatters onto the canvas. Sometimes I see peace and tranquility depending on the colors. Other times I might see chaos, fear, or darkness.

When you are looking at your life, your personality, or your choices, what photos would you associate with them? Do you see beautiful photos of nature, or dark and fearful images of negative events such as storms or wars? Are there rainbows, sunshine, or smiling faces?

As an amateur photographer, I am well aware how a particular photograph can give a message. My interpretation might be different from someone else. The Rorschach Ink Blot test is designed to interpret one’s personality.

What do you see?

My photograph of life was rather dark and bleak when I was first diagnosed with ovarian cancer. I did not like those pictures. Needless worry, superficial goals, and foolishly taking life for granted are just three things that were influencing how I was living (or not living). When I found myself worrying about something, I meditated about it and let go, let God. Worries are only fears which were controlling me.

To truly live each day fully and lovingly continues to be a deep part of me. That seed was planted the day after my diagnosis, and like the saying goes, “I bloom where I am planted.” Or so I try. I do not take anything for granted, but know that I must nurture, water, and fertilize each day.

What negatives have you turned into beautiful photographs of yourself? Here are four photographs, which represent my life today as a cancer survivor.

@Karen Ingalls

My thanks to Karen for sharing another inspirational post that demonstrates how we can turn dark into light.

About Karen Ingalls

I might be a retired RN, but I am an active and enthusiastic writer of non-fiction and fiction. It took a few years before I was willing to show that deeper part of myself. I love to get lost in the world of my novels and let the creative juices flow. I have written several articles for medical and nursing journals. I enjoy researching and discovering new information.

I enjoy writing for my two blogs (www.outshineovariancancer.blogspot.com and http://www.kareningalls.blogspot.com). The first one is about health/wellness, relationships, spirituality, and cancer. My second blog is for authors and avid readers who wish to be interviewed, do a guest blog, and be promoted. I have “met” so many interesting and enchanting people, who have done guest posts for me; or those around the world who follow my blogs and leave comments.

I was thrilled and honored to be recognized as a runner-up at the Midwest Book Awards and then receiving first place in the category of “women’s health” at the National Indie Excellence Awards. The greatest reward is when a reader shares how my book(s) inspired them, taught them something, or brought a deeper awareness about life.

One of the recent excellent reviews for Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir

Verwayne Greenhoe 5.0 out of 5 stars Moving January 16, 2018

I found myself incredibly moved as I read this story. It speaks to the power of courage and faith in God. The author relates her joys and her nightmares and the eventual hitting the peak of recovery. The story at the end of Chapter 21 where the husband that continued to care for his wife even after he knew she no longer recognized him left me with moist eyes. Some take their marriage vows seriously.

In the summer of 2013, I was diagnosed with a form of pancreatic cancer, but because I was in the right place at the right time, I was placed in an experimental treatment program. I went through virtually every mountain and valley of emotions of which the author writes. I also had used the power of positive thinking and the belief that I was not in the struggle alone.

If you find yourself or a loved one with a diagnosed with cancer, this may be a story for you. You may find some comfort in knowing that you are not alone in your struggle and how another handled their battle.

Read all the reviews and and buy the book:https://www.amazon.com/Outshine-Ovarian-Cancer-Karen-Ingalls-ebook/dp/B00KI1HGZI

and on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Outshine-Ovarian-Cancer-Karen-Ingalls-ebook/dp/B00KI1HGZI/

 ALL PROCEEDS GO TO GYNECOLOGIC CANCER RESEARCH.

My first novel, Novy’s Son is about one man’s search for his father’s love and acceptance. It is based on my father and those men I counseled when I was a nurse therapist.

Davida is my second novel which is a fictionalized biography about the love affair between Augustus Saint-Gaudens and his model. He was the premier sculptor from 1880 through the early 1900’s. These two people just happen to be my great-grandparents.

A recent review for Davida.

Lots of care to detail  on November 7, 2017

Davida is the story of a young girl coming to America from Sweden in the late 1800’s. She and her mother worked at an inn until Davida is offered the chance to model for the artist Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Augustus and Davida fall in love and embark on a long relationship. They have an illegitimate son.

The story is told in a touching and romantic manner, albeit tragic. I really like history and appreciate the amount of work that goes into research and understanding the customs and nuances of another time period. This is well-done in this novel with lots of care to detail.

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Karen-Ingalls/e/B009KT5QWY

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Karen-Ingalls/e/B009KT5QWY

Read more reviews and follow Karen Ingalls on Goodreads: http://goodreads.com/kareningalls

Connect to Karen

Blog: http://kareningalls.blogspot.ie/
Website: http://www.outshineovariancancer.com
Website: http://www.kareningallsbooks.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/KIngallsAuthor
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Karen-Ingalls
LinkedIn:http://www.linkedin.com/in/karen-ingalls

Thank you for dropping in today and Karen will be with us at the same time next  week.

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Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – Paying it Forward by Karen Ingalls.


Welcome to the second of archive posts from author Karen Ingalls. A young boy lost his fight with cancer but his legacy is a chain of events prompted by one random act of kindness.

PAYING IT FORWARD by Karen Ingalls.

“God needed me more” were the last words spoken by a boy of 9 years old, which he said to his father shortly before he passed away On November 27, 2012, he lost his 2-year battle with cancer. That young man was Jayden Lamb, whose short life has had a profound effect on people around the world. The parents found that reaching out to people helped them cope with their loss. So, they paid for the order given by the car behind them at the fast food restaurant. They wanted to “pay it forward.” Their kind gesture was repeated again and again by the cars in line; and like an uncontrolled wildfire, acts of kindness spread. These actions reflected the true nature of Jayden.

I direct you to the following links to learn more about this remarkable young man and his family:

https://www.facebook.com/KeepOnTruckinTeamJayden

http://www.wnem.com/story/25518909/jayden-lambs-pay-it-forward-legacy-lives-on

Perhaps God needed him more, but we humans need his legacy of love and kindness.

Last week I shared my new year’s resolution of “At least once each day I will be a bright spot by giving someone a compliment.”

In the Bible, it says “As we sow so shall we reap.” Let’s be generous, polite, helpful, and minister to all. Many people need to be hugged. Pay it forward with those in your home, your neighbors, and spread your kindness to strangers.

Even animals need for us to pay it forward.

©Karen Ingalls

My thanks to Karen for sharing another inspirational post that shows the power of random acts of kindness.

About Karen Ingalls

I might be a retired RN, but I am an active and enthusiastic writer of non-fiction and fiction. It took a few years before I was willing to show that deeper part of myself. I love to get lost in the world of my novels and let the creative juices flow. I have written several articles for medical and nursing journals. I enjoy researching and discovering new information.

I enjoy writing for my two blogs (www.outshineovariancancer.blogspot.com and http://www.kareningalls.blogspot.com). The first one is about health/wellness, relationships, spirituality, and cancer. My second blog is for authors and avid readers who wish to be interviewed, do a guest blog, and be promoted. I have “met” so many interesting and enchanting people, who have done guest posts for me; or those around the world who follow my blogs and leave comments.

I was thrilled and honored to be recognized as a runner-up at the Midwest Book Awards and then receiving first place in the category of “women’s health” at the National Indie Excellence Awards. The greatest reward is when a reader shares how my book(s) inspired them, taught them something, or brought a deeper awareness about life.

One of the many excellent reviews for Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir on Goodreads

Sep 08, 2017 A.M. Manay rated it Five Stars.

This memoir focused on the author’s battle with cancer really touched me. I appreciated her honesty about the fear that accompanies a life-threatening health problem. Her work to balance both western medicine and alternative therapies was also a wonderful thing for her to share. Her words about the spiritual component of her battle were most encouraging. It was nice to read about someone who is strong in her faith as well as open-minded about eastern spiritual practices. I’ve had my own health scares, and I identified a lot with her story. The writing was also of excellent quality. Overall, I was quite impressed.

Read all the reviews and and buy the book:https://www.amazon.com/Outshine-Ovarian-Cancer-Karen-Ingalls-ebook/dp/B00KI1HGZI

and on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Outshine-Ovarian-Cancer-Karen-Ingalls-ebook/dp/B00KI1HGZI/

 ALL PROCEEDS GO TO GYNECOLOGIC CANCER RESEARCH.

My first novel, Novy’s Son is about one man’s search for his father’s love and acceptance. It is based on my father and those men I counseled when I was a nurse therapist.

Davida is my second novel which is a fictionalized biography about the love affair between Augustus Saint-Gaudens and his model. He was the premier sculptor from 1880 through the early 1900’s. These two people just happen to be my great-grandparents.

A recent review for Davida.

Lots of care to detail  on November 7, 2017

Davida is the story of a young girl coming to America from Sweden in the late 1800’s. She and her mother worked at an inn until Davida is offered the chance to model for the artist Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Augustus and Davida fall in love and embark on a long relationship. They have an illegitimate son.

The story is told in a touching and romantic manner, albeit tragic. I really like history and appreciate the amount of work that goes into research and understanding the customs and nuances of another time period. This is well-done in this novel with lots of care to detail.

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Karen-Ingalls/e/B009KT5QWY

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Karen-Ingalls/e/B009KT5QWY

Read more reviews and follow Karen Ingalls on Goodreads: http://goodreads.com/kareningalls

Connect to Karen

Blog: http://kareningalls.blogspot.ie/
Website: http://www.outshineovariancancer.com
Website: http://www.kareningallsbooks.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/KIngallsAuthor
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Karen-Ingalls
LinkedIn:http://www.linkedin.com/in/karen-ingalls

Thank you for dropping in today and Karen will be with us at the same time for the next two weeks.

 

Smorgasbord Posts from Your Achives – Inspirational Couples by Karen Ingalls


Welcome to a new series of archive posts from inspirational author Karen Ingalls. Life and relationships can be very challenging and having role models is so important. In this post Karen shares two couples who have provided inspiration.

INSPIRATIONAL COUPLES by Karen Ingalls.

There are two couples who are truly inspirational couples to me. They are my neighbors, Harry and Annabelle, and long-time friends, Stan and Jayne. They are the perfect example of a complete marriage, which means that each person respects, honors, and loves the other.

Harry and Annabelle have encouraged and supported me from the very beginning of my new life as a cancer survivor. They sent cards, made telephone calls, and daily prayed for me. They attended my recent book launch, purchased a copy of Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir, and after reading the book they said, “Karen, you are an inspiration.”

In the ten years I have known them, they have been an inspiration to me by the way they live and treat each other. For Harry and Annabelle who are 92 years young, God is the center of their lives; their love is unconditional; and they follow the Golden Rule. After 72 years of marriage they have heard and seen it all, yet they are not hardened, scornful, or unforgiving. Life has not always been easy for them yet they have been caregivers to each other, family and friends. Their sense of humor, positive outlook, and having looked at life through youthful eyes has helped them to be independent and productive.

Stan and Jayne amaze and inspire me with their complete love and devotion to one another. Their lives are also God-centered. Even during the difficult times of job losses, deaths of parents, and frequent moves they have stood together and faced each challenge with faith and love. I have known them for thirty years and I have not heard them complain nor feel sorry for themselves.

When I was first diagnosed with cancer they immediately were by our side. Their prayers, visits, and phone calls were filled with love and encouragement. Stan has a beautiful gift of creative design and word expressions. He remembers birthdays and anniversaries and sends out cards, some of which he has designed. Jane is always smiling and has a contagious and recognizable laugh. She is a good listener, loves to give hugs, and is there to give support wherever needed.

These two couples are inspirational because they are God-centered, loving, generous, kind, and giving. Is there a person or couple in your life who has influenced you in a positive way? Do you believe you are an inspirational person to others?

We all need positive role models especially in our growing-up years. In closing, this quote sums up the message of this blog: A loving heart is the truest wisdom.” (Charles Dickens)

©Karen Ingalls 2017

My thanks to Karen for sharing this inspirational post and if you have someone who has inspired you then please share in the comments.

About Karen Ingalls

I might be a retired RN, but I am an active and enthusiastic writer of non-fiction and fiction. It took a few years before I was willing to show that deeper part of myself. I love to get lost in the world of my novels and let the creative juices flow. I have written several articles for medical and nursing journals. I enjoy researching and discovering new information.

I enjoy writing for my two blogs (www.outshineovariancancer.blogspot.com and http://www.kareningalls.blogspot.com). The first one is about health/wellness, relationships, spirituality, and cancer. My second blog is for authors and avid readers who wish to be interviewed, do a guest blog, and be promoted. I have “met” so many interesting and enchanting people, who have done guest posts for me; or those around the world who follow my blogs and leave comments.

I was thrilled and honored to be recognized as a runner-up at the Midwest Book Awards and then receiving first place in the category of “women’s health” at the National Indie Excellence Awards. The greatest reward is when a reader shares how my book(s) inspired them, taught them something, or brought a deeper awareness about life.

One of the many excellent reviews for Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir on Goodreads

Sep 08, 2017 A.M. Manay rated it Five Stars.

This memoir focused on the author’s battle with cancer really touched me. I appreciated her honesty about the fear that accompanies a life-threatening health problem. Her work to balance both western medicine and alternative therapies was also a wonderful thing for her to share. Her words about the spiritual component of her battle were most encouraging. It was nice to read about someone who is strong in her faith as well as open-minded about eastern spiritual practices. I’ve had my own health scares, and I identified a lot with her story. The writing was also of excellent quality. Overall, I was quite impressed.

Read all the reviews and and buy the book:https://www.amazon.com/Outshine-Ovarian-Cancer-Karen-Ingalls-ebook/dp/B00KI1HGZI

and on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Outshine-Ovarian-Cancer-Karen-Ingalls-ebook/dp/B00KI1HGZI/

 ALL PROCEEDS GO TO GYNECOLOGIC CANCER RESEARCH.

My first novel, Novy’s Son is about one man’s search for his father’s love and acceptance. It is based on my father and those men I counseled when I was a nurse therapist.

Davida is my second novel which is a fictionalized biography about the love affair between Augustus Saint-Gaudens and his model. He was the premier sculptor from 1880 through the early 1900’s. These two people just happen to be my great-grandparents.

A recent review for Davida.

Lots of care to detail  on November 7, 2017

Davida is the story of a young girl coming to America from Sweden in the late 1800’s. She and her mother worked at an inn until Davida is offered the chance to model for the artist Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Augustus and Davida fall in love and embark on a long relationship. They have an illegitimate son.

The story is told in a touching and romantic manner, albeit tragic. I really like history and appreciate the amount of work that goes into research and understanding the customs and nuances of another time period. This is well-done in this novel with lots of care to detail.

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Karen-Ingalls/e/B009KT5QWY

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Karen-Ingalls/e/B009KT5QWY

Read more reviews and follow Karen Ingalls on Goodreads: http://goodreads.com/kareningalls

Connect to Karen

Blog: http://kareningalls.blogspot.ie/
Website: http://www.outshineovariancancer.com
Website: http://www.kareningallsbooks.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/KIngallsAuthor
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Karen-Ingalls
LinkedIn:http://www.linkedin.com/in/karen-ingalls

Thank you for dropping in today and Karen will be with us at the same time for the next three weeks.

Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – She Passed By – Karen Ingalls


Welcome to the third and last post in the series of posts from Karen Ingalls’s archives. In this post Karen pays tribute to an elderly friend who passed away after a gracious life well-lived.

She Passed By – Karen Ingalls.

The more one lives, the easier it is to die.

A very special lady made her passage in the wee hours this morning. She took her last breath peacefully though physically alone, she was surrounded by angels and heavenly loved ones. She lived life to its fullest; her life was complete.

I did not know this fine lady very well though I met her for the first time about 20 years ago. She was gracious and kind to me, welcoming me into her life with a smile and pleasant word though the circumstances were difficult for both of us.

I saw her at family functions; had brief but loving conversations; and a smile never left her face nor mine. She was genuinely interested in learning about me.

If you could choose to come back for a period of time, what length would you choose? One year, ten years, a hundred years?

I knew her best through her daughter and grandchildren…she was a wonderful role model to them and they are each examples of her love and spirit.

Over the years her independence declined from independent living, to assisted, and then to a nursing home. When family came to visit she would say, “Please pray for me that I might die in my sleep.” With each morning she questioned why she was still here on earth. The answer often was, “Because God still needs you here.”

The more complete our life is, there is less anger or fear of death.

I believe she had these last weeks and months to teach us:

  • That there not be fear in dying.
  • That we each have a role to make the passage of the dying smooth and easy.
  • That love and forgiveness are the major lessons in life for each of us to learn.
  • And that dying is the natural part of living.

At 3:00 in the morning, my husband awoke with strong thoughts and memories of this gracious lady who had touched his life so deeply. This was just one hour after she died. He said, “Ardelle passed by.”

A young man dying of leukemia said, “I don’t think people are afraid of death. What they are afraid of is the incompleteness of life.”

This is a celebration and tribute to Ardelle and other people I knew who have passed on and passed by. Each of them have left their footprint on me. I have learned from them and hopefully when I pass on those left behind will feel my footprint.

So a little bit like in the movie “It’s A Wonderful Life” the bells are ringing…Ardelle earned her angel wings on earth.

If by chance you wish to remember me, do it with a kind deed or word to someone who needs you. If you do this, I will live forever.

My thanks to Ann Landers, Lisl Marburg Goodman, Linda Deutsch, Bill Newcott, and the family of Ardelle Bryntesen.

©Karen Ingalls.

My thanks to Karen for sharing this story of a woman who lived a wonderful life and clearly left behind wonderful memories of her life for those that she met.

Connect to Karen via her blog: http://kareningalls.blogspot.ie/

About Karen Ingalls

I might be a retired RN, but I am an active and enthusiastic writer of non-fiction and fiction. It took a few years before I was willing to show that deeper part of myself. I love to get lost in the world of my novels and let the creative juices flow. I have written several articles for medical and nursing journals. I enjoy researching and discovering new information.

I enjoy writing for my two blogs (www.outshineovariancancer.blogspot.com and http://www.kareningalls.blogspot.com). The first one is about health/wellness, relationships, spirituality, and cancer. My second blog is for authors and avid readers who wish to be interviewed, do a guest blog, and be promoted. I have “met” so many interesting and enchanting people, who have done guest posts for me; or those around the world who follow my blogs and leave comments.

I was thrilled and honored to be recognized as a runner-up at the Midwest Book Awards and then receiving first place in the category of “women’s health” at the National Indie Excellence Awards. The greatest reward is when a reader shares how my book(s) inspired them, taught them something, or brought a deeper awareness about life.

The most recent review for Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir

As a long-time ovarian cancer survivor, I found this book, which I purchased from the author, to be well-written, an excellent guide to help others cope with the cancer roller coaster ride, and a heartfelt personal story. I highly recommend it to all those who have been touched by cancer. Marcia Mabee

Read all the reviews and and buy the book:https://www.amazon.com/Outshine-Ovarian-Cancer-Karen-Ingalls-ebook/dp/B00KI1HGZI

and on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Outshine-Ovarian-Cancer-Karen-Ingalls-ebook/dp/B00KI1HGZI/

 ALL PROCEEDS GO TO GYNECOLOGIC CANCER RESEARCH.

My first novel, Novy’s Son is about one man’s search for his father’s love and acceptance. It is based on my father and those men I counseled when I was a nurse therapist.

Davida is my second novel which is a fictionalized biography about the love affair between Augustus Saint-Gaudens and his model. He was the premier sculptor from 1880 through the early 1900’s. These two people just happen to be my great-grandparents.

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Karen-Ingalls/e/B009KT5QWY

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Karen-Ingalls/e/B009KT5QWY

Read more reviews and follow Karen Ingalls on Goodreads: http://goodreads.com/kareningalls

I am now looking for festive posts for December from your Christamas’s Past… Please send one or two links to sally.cronin@moyhill.com

Smorgasbord Post from Your Archives – Who Packs Your Parachute by Karen Ingalls.


Welcome to the series where you can share four of your links from your archives here on my blog to a new audience. Perhaps posts that you wrote at the beginning of your blogging experience that deserve another showcase. If you have book promotion posts then please contact me separately for other options. Details of how to get in touch with me at the end of the post.

Time for the next post from the archives of author Karen Ingalls. We all need someone who has our back, is by our side and who has our best interests at heart and can be relied on at any time.

Who Packs Your Parachute by Karen Ingalls.

I have never parachuted from a plane…nor do I want to. Sky jumping or diving is not on my bucket list. However, there is a deep message from the question,

“Who packs your parachute?”

Did you know that there is an exact and precise way to store the parachute? One step done incorrectly could mean the parachute will not open or will do incorrectly. This is a life or death matter. So who or what brings a sense of safety or peace into your life? Who or what protects you? Who or what do you rely on? There was a time in my life when I was a teenager, I relied on my dad for safety and protection. Though I did not live with him I knew he was only a phone call away.

And, one day at 17 years old I made the phone call and he got a traffic ticket when speeding to get to me. During my junior year of high school while living with my dad, two people began to pack my parachute. One was a classmate named Judie, who introduced me to God by inviting me to the youth group at her church. She was always with me talking about God and listening to my fears. I chose to be baptized one year later.

The second person was Arleigh Castle, a neighbor and my role model. I adopted her as my “aunt” which she still is today at the age of 92. She listened to me and carefully advised me helping me to pack my parachute correctly. God has never left my side nor have I left His. I completely put my trust in Him as He guides who I choose to be a part of my life.

Whose advice will I listen to? Who can I confide in? Who do I trust? If I keep God as the Master Packer of my parachute, then those helping Him will guarantee that my parachute will open and I will land on earth safely.

Here is a true story that you might have heard or read before. But it is a powerful one and well worth hearing/reading again.

Captain J. Charlie Plumb is a former prisoner of war and a sought after achievement speaker. His presentations deal with the importance of inner strength to overcome challenges. Charlie Plumb discusses how people can become imprisoned by fear of failure, blaming others and self-pity. Charlie Plumb is the author of two books, I’m No Hero and The Last Domino. Book Charles Plumb at Speakers.com.

Just as in my journey with cancer, I have trusted Dr. Matthew Boente and Dr. Robert Holloway to “pack my parachute” with the best medical care. Their nurses and staff have been phenomenal. My newer journey as an author has been guided by some very remarkable people: Amy Quale, Dara Beevas, Jay Monroe, Ruth Fisher, and those at Beaver’s Pond Press. All of them have put encouragement, support, and help in my parachute. I have landed on both feet safely with the publication of three books.

Image: Pinterest

©Karen Ingalls

My thanks to Karen for sharing this story of her own discovery of the importance of having a parachute packer who always has your best interests at heart. And for sharing the story of Captain Charles Plumb.

Connect to Karen via her blog: http://kareningalls.blogspot.ie/

About Karen Ingalls

I might be a retired RN, but I am an active and enthusiastic writer of non-fiction and fiction. It took a few years before I was willing to show that deeper part of myself. I love to get lost in the world of my novels and let the creative juices flow. I have written several articles for medical and nursing journals. I enjoy researching and discovering new information.

I enjoy writing for my two blogs (www.outshineovariancancer.blogspot.com and http://www.kareningalls.blogspot.com). The first one is about health/wellness, relationships, spirituality, and cancer. My second blog is for authors and avid readers who wish to be interviewed, do a guest blog, and be promoted. I have “met” so many interesting and enchanting people, who have done guest posts for me; or those around the world who follow my blogs and leave comments.

I was thrilled and honored to be recognized as a runner-up at the Midwest Book Awards and then receiving first place in the category of “women’s health” at the National Indie Excellence Awards. The greatest reward is when a reader shares how my book(s) inspired them, taught them something, or brought a deeper awareness about life.

 

The most recent review for Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir

As a long-time ovarian cancer survivor, I found this book, which I purchased from the author, to be well-written, an excellent guide to help others cope with the cancer roller coaster ride, and a heartfelt personal story. I highly recommend it to all those who have been touched by cancer. Marcia Mabee

Read all the reviews and and buy the book:https://www.amazon.com/Outshine-Ovarian-Cancer-Karen-Ingalls-ebook/dp/B00KI1HGZI

and on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Outshine-Ovarian-Cancer-Karen-Ingalls-ebook/dp/B00KI1HGZI/

 ALL PROCEEDS GO TO GYNECOLOGIC CANCER RESEARCH.

My first novel, Novy’s Son is about one man’s search for his father’s love and acceptance. It is based on my father and those men I counseled when I was a nurse therapist.

Davida is my second novel which is a fictionalized biography about the love affair between Augustus Saint-Gaudens and his model. He was the premier sculptor from 1880 through the early 1900’s. These two people just happen to be my great-grandparents.

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Karen-Ingalls/e/B009KT5QWY

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Karen-Ingalls/e/B009KT5QWY

Read more reviews and follow Karen Ingalls on Goodreads: http://goodreads.com/kareningalls

If you would like to share some of your archive posts from when you began blogging, then please send up to four links to sally.cronin@moyhill.com.

Please do not send self-promotional book posts as there are several other ways to promote your books here and I will feature your books and most recent review in the post. I am looking for posts on life, relationships, health, creative writing, food, music and travel.. If you have a short story to share that is great too.

Thank you for stopping by today and we would love to hear your feedback. Thanks Sally

 

 

Smorgasbord Book Promotion – Air your reviews – Janice Spina, Karen Ingalls and Gay Ingram


Welcome to the first of the review posts for the week and our first author with a new review is Janice Spina for her book The Case of The Brown Scraggly Dog

About the book

Davey and Derek Donato are at it again in this new book. In this case they come across a brown scraggly dog with blood on its paw but when the boys try to stop the dog, it runs away.

Aunt Gigi is here once again to assist the boys with their magic and provide some new spells.

Clues surface that suggest that someone may be injured and in need of help. The boys will have to use their skills and a little magic to solve this case.

One of the recent reviews for the book – Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers’ Favorite: https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/the-case-of-the-brown-scraggly-dog

Davey and Derek are twins. They do just about everything together, including solving mysteries and learning a little bit of magic from their Great-Aunt Gigi. On a recent visit to their great-aunt, the boys learned a new magic trick and discovered “a large brown scraggly dog with frightened eyes.” There was nothing to identify the dog, but it did have blood on its paws. So the mystery was definitely bigger than just finding the dog’s home. They conjectured whether there was a murder involved. Just as they were attempting to connect with the dog, it took off. And the mystery deepened.

Janice Spina has a knack for writing mysteries. Her recent addition to the Davey and Derek Junior Detectives Series, The Case of the Brown Scraggly Dog, is another good twist on what might appear to be a simple mystery. Like the ever popular young boys’ mystery series, the Hardy Boys, Davey and Derek, the two protagonists, make a great team of amateur sleuths. The basic plot of a boy team working together solving the mystery develops simply, mixed in with a little bit of magic, a little bit of boyish fun and a little bit of humor. The reader can’t help but like and even relate to these active youngsters whose minds never stop working. The plot is developed primarily through dialogue, which makes this a good story for an early chapter book reader. There’s nothing better to encourage the reluctant young boy reader than a Hardy Boys-like series mixed with a little bit of magic and a whole lot of fun.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Brown-Scraggly-Davey-Junior-Detectives-ebook/dp/B01MZ5FL46

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Brown-Scraggly-Davey-Junior-Detectives-ebook/dp/B01MZ5FL4

A small selection of children’s books by Janice Spina

Also as J.E. Spina

Discover all of Janice Spina’s books, read the reviews and  https://www.amazon.com/Janice-Spina/e/B00HNET4HG

and on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Janice-Spina/e/B00HNET4HG

Find more reviews and follow Janice on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7222888.Janice_Spina

Connect to Janice via her website: https://jemsbooks.wordpress.com

Now time to update the reviews for Outshine – An Ovarian Cancer Memoir by Karen Ingalls.

About the book

When Karen Ingalls was diagnosed with Stage IIC ovarian cancer, she realized how little she knew about what is called “the silent killer.” As Ingalls began to educate herself she felt overwhelmed by the prevalent negativity of cancer. Lost in the information about drugs, side effects, and statistics, she redirected her energy to focus on the equally overwhelming blessings of life, learning to rejoice in each day and find peace in spirituality.

In this memoir, Karen is a calming presence and positive companion, offering a refreshing perspective of hope with the knowledge that “the beauty of the soul, the real me and the real you, outshines the effects of cancer, chemotherapy, and radian. It is a story of survival and reminds readers that disease is not an absolute, but a challenge to recover.

Recent reviews for the book

Outshine is aptly named. It shines with inspiration, faith, hope, and resolve. In it, the author shares the challenges she faced after receiving a diagnosis of ovarian cancer. Outshine isn’t heavy. Nor is it oppressive. It’s well-written and reads more like a story told by a strong woman who shares her trials with the reader. Karen Ingalls also shares the good times she allowed herself to experience in order to keep the balance her mind needed to survive. God gave Karen a strong support system led by her rock solid husband. This system helped her live more positively and gave her strength to acquire and apply all the knowledge she could. Throughout, Karen credits God, friends, family, and her doctors for helping her to survive. I intend to re-read Outshine, intermittently, to help me minister to friends and family who may be going through cancer. I’m also recommending it to anyone that I think it might help.

As a long-time ovarian cancer survivor, I found this book, which I purchased from the author, to be well-written, an excellent guide to help others cope with the cancer roller coaster ride, and a heartfelt personal story. I highly recommend it to all those who have been touched by cancer. Marcia Mabee

Read all the reviews and and buy the book:https://www.amazon.com/Outshine-Ovarian-Cancer-Karen-Ingalls-ebook/dp/B00KI1HGZI

and on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Outshine-Ovarian-Cancer-Karen-Ingalls-ebook/dp/B00KI1HGZI/

 ALL PROCEEDS GO TO GYNECOLOGIC CANCER RESEARCH.

Also by Karen Ingalls

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Karen-Ingalls/e/B009KT5QWY

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Karen-Ingalls/e/B009KT5QWY

Read more reviews and follow Karen Ingalls on Goodreads: http://goodreads.com/kareningalls

Connect to Karen via her blog: http://kareningalls.blogspot.ie/

Gay Ingram released her latest historical novel for young adults and teens in August and time to share some recent reviews, George Washington: From Boy Surveyor to Soldier.

About the book

The death of his father when he was only eleven dashes George Washington’s hopes for a proper English education. Then, his mother refuses to allow him to fulfill his dream of a Naval career. It is only with the discovery of his father’s surveying tools that the young George finds an ‘open door’ to experiences that will prepare him for the greatest adventure of his life…our country’s first president.

A brief excerpt from Chapter One.

Virginia Colony, 1743

The two horses thundered across the meadow, neck-to-neck. Clods of torn-away dirt flew into the air to mark their passage. George tucked his head close to the animal’s neck to excape the stinging slap of a wind-blown mane. Monitor’s shoulder muscles bunched beneath the boy’s legs when the horse launched into the air to clear the ditch. Boy and animal landed with a jolt. George held his seat as the horse rushed on. He wondered if his cousin Lund’s hors would take the jump and looked back over his shoulder. Horse and rider folloed behind, completing the jump. He let out a whoop. The feel of Monitor’s surging energy beneath him, the rush of air sucking at his breath, skimming past a blurred landscape;every part fo the wild ride exhilarated George.

Ms. Ingram has created an interesting picture of our First President’s boyhood. Somehow it is hard to visualize our national leaders as children with their own goals, childhood escapades, and frustrations. It’s surprising the change in attitude toward England and the King that occured during George Washington’s life. These are tidbits of information that aren’t in the history books. It is information that makes President Washington a real person rather than an historical figure in a book. I can recommend it to youth and adults.

History Anew on September 1, 2017

Author Gay Ingram has a way with weaving details, dialog and description as expertly as a weaver might fashion a new rug.

This book was written for an audience much younger than myself. That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I learned a lot about Washington I did not know before, despite being a student of history. Ingram takes the reader by the hand and gently pulls you in, so that you feel as though you are a part of the story. In particular, I enjoyed the parts dealing with the “boy surveyor”. One of my ancestors — a man named Samuel Gann — did survey work in Virginia colony with a young George Washington. To read the story of this time in Washington’s life gave me an intense appreciation for what my own family went through in colonial Virginia.

This story is beautifully-written, rich with detail and emotion. I would encourage young and old alike to read this book and come to know one of our greatest Founding Fathers in a new and deeper way.

Head over to download the book: https://www.amazon.com/George-Washington-Boy-Surveyor-Soldier-ebook/dp/B0748JBX3D

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/George-Washington-Boy-Surveyor-Soldier-ebook/dp/B0748JBX3D

A small selection of the many other books by Gay Ingram

Discover all of Gay Ingram’s books and read the reviews: https://www.amazon.com/author/gayingram

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gay-Ingram/e/B008VS6AJI

Read more reviews and follow Gay on Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/goodreadscomgay_ingram

Connect to Gay via her Blog: http://gayingram.blogspot.com/

Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – A Smile and A Hello by Karen Ingalls


Welcome to the series where you can share four of your links from your archives here on my blog to a new audience. Perhaps posts that you wrote at the beginning of your blogging experience that deserve another showcase. If you have book promotion posts then please contact me separately for other options. Details of how to get in touch with me at the end of the post.

And it is a warm welcome to author Karen Ingalls who will be sharing posts from her archives for the next few weeks.

A Smile and A Hello by Karen Ingalls.

In the past I have written about gratitude and chains, which leads me to share this beautiful true story. I hope you will be inspired, learn something, and it will change your life (and perhaps another person’s life) for the better.

One Sunday morning Robert was patiently waiting for his wife to join him near the entrance to their church. As he stood there and looked around, he saw a man standing nearby who appeared to have just come from the nearby woods. Robert walked up to the man with a smile on his face and said, “Hello.”

The man shifted his position and looked around before saying hello to Randy.

“My name is Robert. Would you like to come in with me for a cup of coffee?”

The man stepped back a little and shook his head as he whispered, “No, thank you.”

“Well, I would love to have you come in and join me. I am waiting for my wife who is over there talking to those people.” Robert pointed towards his wife, Danielle a few yards away.

“The coffee is free and you just might like it. It will warm you up on this chilly morning.”

The man again shook his head, turned, and walked back into the woods.

The next Sunday, Robert saw the same man standing near the entrance to the woods. He went up to him, extended his hand and said, “Hey, man. It is good to see you again.”

The man smiled a little and shook Robert’s hand and said, “My name is Mike.”

That morning Mike did go into the church and had a cup of coffee. The following week he sat in the church next to Robert and his wife.

Over the next weeks and months, Mike shared how he became homeless, that he was from England but had lived in the U.S. for several years, was well educated, and still had contact with his mother in England.

Mike was very thin and Robert and Danielle were concerned for his health. They took him into their home, fed and clothed him, and found medical care for him. They set him up with whatever financial and community support programs available to him.

There was another parishioner at the same church, Phil whose wife had passed away six months prior to Robert and Mike meeting. Phil and his wife had been long time members of the church. He was quite lonely and felt overwhelmed living in such a big house for one person. When he met Mike at church a kinship developed and soon Mike was living in one of the spare bedrooms in Phil’s house.

When I heard this story, I could not help but recall the previous two blogs: gratitude and chains. We each probably have so much to be grateful for: our homes, food, clothing, health, etc. And it is my hope that we can break the chains that are holding us back.

Thanks to Robert, Danielle, and Phil the chains that kept Mike homeless were broken.

AND IT ALL STARTED WITH A SMILE AND A HELLO!! WE EACH CAN DO THIS…WE JUST MIGHT HELP A PERSON IN NEED

©Karen Ingalls 2016

My thanks to Karen for reminding us that sometimes a smile can make all the difference in the world to someone else, and can be life changing.

About Karen Ingalls

I might be a retired RN, but I am an active and enthusiastic writer of non-fiction and fiction. It took a few years before I was willing to show that deeper part of myself. I love to get lost in the world of my novels and let the creative juices flow. I have written several articles for medical and nursing journals. I enjoy researching and discovering new information.

I enjoy writing for my two blogs (www.outshineovariancancer.blogspot.com and http://www.kareningalls.blogspot.com). The first one is about health/wellness, relationships, spirituality, and cancer. My second blog is for authors and avid readers who wish to be interviewed, do a guest blog, and be promoted. I have “met” so many interesting and enchanting people, who have done guest posts for me; or those around the world who follow my blogs and leave comments.

I was thrilled and honored to be recognized as a runner-up at the Midwest Book Awards and then receiving first place in the category of “women’s health” at the National Indie Excellence Awards. The greatest reward is when a reader shares how my book(s) inspired them, taught them something, or brought a deeper awareness about life.

My first novel, Novy’s Son is about one man’s search for his father’s love and acceptance. It is based on my father and those men I counseled when I was a nurse therapist.

Davida is my second novel which is a fictionalized biography about the love affair between Augustus Saint-Gaudens and his model. He was the premier sculptor from 1880 through the early 1900’s. These two people just happen to be my great-grandparents.

About the book

When Karen Ingalls was diagnosed with Stage IIC ovarian cancer, she realized how little she knew about what is called “the silent killer.” As Ingalls began to educate herself she felt overwhelmed by the prevalent negativity of cancer. Lost in the information about drugs, side effects, and statistics, she redirected her energy to focus on the equally overwhelming blessings of life, learning to rejoice in each day and find peace in spirituality.

In this memoir, Karen is a calming presence and positive companion, offering a refreshing perspective of hope with the knowledge that “the beauty of the soul, the real me and the real you, outshines the effects of cancer, chemotherapy, and radian. It is a story of survival and reminds readers that disease is not an absolute, but a challenge to recover.

One of the recent reviews for the book on Goodreads

Feb 22, 2017 Harmony Kent rated it it was amazing

Outshine is an Oavarian Cancer survivor’s memoir full of inspiration and hope. The author shares her journey from diagnosis to cure and the part her strong faith played in that process. This book would prove useful for those suffering from cancer as well as their caregivers and significant others. One line I love is, ‘… attitude, acceptance, and determination are important factors in healing the body, mind, and spirit.’ The writer learnt many life lessons along the way and shares these unashamedly for the reader’s benefit. At the end of the book, the author includes helpful questions, signs and symptoms, and a list of resources. Well written and honest, this is a book that can find a place on any shelf.

Read all the reviews and and buy the book:https://www.amazon.com/Outshine-Ovarian-Cancer-Karen-Ingalls-ebook/dp/B00KI1HGZI

and on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Outshine-Ovarian-Cancer-Karen-Ingalls-ebook/dp/B00KI1HGZI/

 ALL PROCEEDS GO TO GYNECOLOGIC CANCER RESEARCH.

Also by Karen Ingalls

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Karen-Ingalls/e/B009KT5QWY

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Karen-Ingalls/e/B009KT5QWY

Read more reviews and follow Karen Ingalls on Goodreads: http://goodreads.com/kareningalls

Connect to Karen

Blog: http://kareningalls.blogspot.ie/
Website: http://www.outshineovariancancer.com
Website: http://www.kareningallsbooks.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/KIngallsAuthor
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Karen-Ingalls
LinkedIn:http://www.linkedin.com/in/karen-ingalls

Thank you for dropping in today and Karen would love to hear your feedback on this story.

If you would like to share some of your archive posts from when you began blogging, then please send up to four links to sally.cronin@moyhill.com.

Please do not send self-promotional book posts as there are several other ways to promote your books here. I am looking for posts on life, relationships, health, creative writing, food, music and travel.. If you have a short story to share that is great too.

N.B. The slots for November are already filling up. If you have Christmas stories, posts on food, relationships, humour etc then please let me have them soon. Even if it is only one that is fine. You can always share other posts later.

Smorgasbord Daily Blogger – Monday 14th August, 2017 – Karen Ingalls, Nicholas Rossis, Charles Yallowitz, The Story Reading Ape with Jemima Pett


Smorgasbord Blogger Daily

Welcome to a new week of blogging highlights and to start us off is a post by Karen Ingalls.

Fascinating post by Karen Ingalls​ on the subject of tears.. if you think that on closer examination tears of sorrow are the same as tears of joy.. you would be wrong. Our emotions not only colour our judgement they create different patterns in our tears.

The geologic complexity of that secret place is what photographer Rose-Lynn Fisher explores in The Topography of Tears (public library) — a striking series of duotone photographs of tears shed for a kaleidoscope of reasons, dried on glass slides and captured in a hundredfold magnification through a high-resolution optical microscope. What emerges is an enthralling aerial tour of the landscape of human emotion and its the most stirring eruptions — joy, grief, gladness, remorse, hope — reminding us that the terra incognita of our interiority is better trekked with an explorer’s benevolent curiosity about the varied beauty of the landscape than with a conquistador’s forceful intent to control and sublimate. (Artist Maira Kalman affirmed this notion with great simplicity and poignancy in a page from her marvelous philosophical children’s book: “If you need to cry you should cry.”)

Head over and find out what the differences are between tears of joy, sorrow and other  emotional triggers: http://outshineovariancancer.blogspot.ie/2017/08/tears.html?spref=fb

Now something for the more technically minded of you who put pen to paper.. or fingers to the keyboard. The ultimate in writing apps that creates an environment and personal assistance to allow you to focus on getting your next bestseller published. Nicholas Rossis gives us all the details about this app and by the sounds of it, the next generation might just write the book for you… interesting to see the development in this kind of software and useful writers across the board from students to authors of all genres.

There are over 100 different kinds of text editors available on Windows and macOS. There are some alternatives to Microsoft Office for Linux OS, while Linux users do not have such a wide variety of choices when it comes to finding a light minimalist text editor.

Being a professional or an amateur writer, a student, a person who just needs to make some notes, there is always a need to write down some important stuff. For this purpose, there’s a new app you can install on any of your machines and use for writing texts of any kind. Write! App was developed with a distraction-free environment in mind, where users can focus only on what is important at any particular moment.
Introducing Write!

Read the rest of the post on this app: http://nicholasrossis.me/2017/08/11/introducing-write/

Charles Yallowitz with a well researched and fascinating look at shields.. essential reading for anyone who writes fight or battle scenes in historical or fantasy novels.

A while back, I was asked to write about the different types of shields. I’d already set up the posts for July to promote The Life & Times of Ichabod Brooks, so here we are in August. This takes a lot more research than normal for me because I typically only used three types: Buckler, Large Round (Targe) , and Tower. So, I’m just going to list all the types and be informative:

Buckler– These are small shields that are about 18 inches in diameter. This doesn’t help much against projectiles, so it’s more useful in close combat. Even then, it won’t protect much against large weapons, so one could see it more as an offensive weapon that you can punch with. Supposedly, the Buckler is partially responsible for the term ‘Swashbuckler’ because it was used to give some defense while depending more on offense.

Targe– Also called a Target, this is a concave shield that is round and are what you probably think of first. They tend to be iron or wood or a combination, but they are big enough to protect the main body and head. Not at the same time though. Not really sure why it’s a rectangle up there since all the pictures I found were circular. Anyway, this is what would be one of the three standard shield types and shapes.
Roundel– Also called a Rondache, the second type is a bigger circle made of boards of light wood and rope. Then it was covered with leather or metal plates.

Check out all the other shields, shapes and uses: https://legendsofwindemere.com/2017/08/14/shields-not-just-for-dinner-parties-any-more/

And to finish today.. a guest post on  The Story Reading Ape from Jemima Pett on the subject of naming your characters… we all have preconceived ideas about what someone is going to look like or behave, especially if they have names that remind you of someone you were not too keen on.. or very keen on.. And certainly when it comes to Jack Reacher, I had to put my prejudices aside…. love Tom Cruise but he is not 6ft 6inches tall.

Luke Skywalker

Elizabeth Bennet

Jack Reacher

Stephanie Plum

Indiana Jones

Bridget Jones

Zarko Fanwester

Each name probably leaps into your imagination. If you’ve seen them on film or tv, you may have a distinct image of them, too. How well do their names fit the personalities you treasure them for?

Luke Skywalker. Luke is a solid name; shades of biblical resonance, traditional. Skywalker; surely he isn’t a dirtfarmer or whatever they do in the desert where he lives. He belongs in the air, a pilot, at the very least. Is he a hero? Maybe not intentionally.

Find out more about the names and the images they conjure up: https://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/2017/08/13/63248/

I hope you have enjoyed this snapshot of great blog posts… see you again tomorrow.. thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Health 2017 – Top to Toe -Female Reproductive System- OUTSHINING OVARIAN CANCER by Karen Ingalls


Smorgasbord Health 2017

This was first published last year but it is a message that is important and should be repeated regularly. My thanks to Karen for sharing her story and also the symptoms all women should be aware of.

Ovarian cancer is one of the deadliest forms of the reproductive system. Karen is an ovarian cancer survivor and therefore supremely qualified to write this article.. The post carries an important message about understanding how our bodies work and how we should be on the alert for anything that seems out of the ordinary.

OUTSHINING OVARIAN CANCER  by Karen Ingalls.

photo-on-2-14-16-at-139-pm-crop-u6133I am a retired registered nurse and had very limited education about gynecological diseases and cancers. From working in hospice I only knew that ovarian cancer is the deadliest one of all gynecologic cancers. My journey and initial diagnosis with ovarian cancer is not an unusual one.

I had gained a few pounds and developed a protruding stomach, both of which were unusual for me since I had always bordered on being underweight. When my weight continued to increase, I began an aggressive exercise and weight-loss program. I never considered these changes to be anything more than normal postmenopausal aging.

I saw my gynecologist for my routine PAP smear, which only determines the presence of cancer cells in the cervix. She could not get the speculum into my vagina and when she palpated my abdomen she felt a mass. I was rushed to get a CT scan, which revealed a very large tumor in my left lower abdomen. Two days later I had an appointment with a gynecologic-oncology surgeon for an evaluation.

A week later I had a hysterectomy by the gynecologic-oncology surgeon from which I learned the tumor was malignant. It is critically important that such a specialist in this field of oncology perform the surgery. They are experts and know what to look for and how to safely remove any tumors.

My surgery involved removing the uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, cervix, omentum, ten lymph glands for microscopic investigation, and ten inches of my colon where the tumor had grown into. I am blessed that there were no cancer cells in my lymph glands or other organs. Two weeks later I was then started on chemotherapy for six rounds.

The symptoms of ovarian cancer are subtle and common to many women so they are often ignored or attributed to something more benign. Most physicians do not consider the possibility of the presenting symptoms to be related to ovarian cancer. Often the woman is sent from one specialist to another, which I call the “Gilda Radner Syndrome.” With each passing day the cancer is growing and putting the woman at greater risk of being at a more terminal stage.

These are the most common symptoms:

*Abdominal bloating
*Pain in abdomen
*Low back pain
*Frequency of urination
*Changes in bowel habits
*Increased indigestion or change in appetite.
*Pain with intercourse
*Fatigue
*Unusual vaginal discharges
*Menstrual irregularities

If a woman experiences any of these symptoms for two weeks, it is recommended that she see her gynecologist and insist on an abdominal ultrasound and a CA125. The only laboratory-screening test currently available is a CA125 blood test, which unfortunately has a high incidence of false positives. We women need to be our own advocates and demand these inexpensive tests.

If the ultrasound and possibly a CT, MRI, or PET scans reveal a tumor, then in my opinion the woman must see a gynecologic oncologist. Typically the woman undergoes a debulking surgery, which is a complete hysterectomy and removal of any lymph nodes or any suspicious surrounding tissue or organs. The only way to accurately determine if cancer is present is through specimen testing of the tissue.

The risk factors are:

*Family or self-history of breast, colon, ovarian, or prostate cancers
*Eastern Jewish heritage (Ashkenazi)
*History of infertility drugs
*Never been pregnant
*BRCA 1 & BRCA 2 positive mutation
*Older than 60

I was staged at IIC and given a 50% chance of surviving 5 years. I had no family history of ovarian cancer and only one relative who had had breast cancer. I did not fit the typical criteria, and the BRCA1 and BRCA2 markers were negative for mutation. So the question, “Why did I get ovarian cancer?” remains unanswered and it is actually not an important one any longer.

The word cancer creates fear in everyone either mildly or extremely. Yet so often the things we fear are never as great as the fear itself. As a young person I had learned from my grandmother and adopted aunt that attitude, acceptance, and determination are the keys to facing a fear and to healing the body, mind, and spirit. Those women were, and still are today, w strong role models for me. They taught me about living a healthy lifestyle, which included a belief in God, exercise, good nutrition, positive thinking, healthy touch and meditation. These lifestyle choices had helped me face childhood abuse, divorce, alcoholic parents, and untimely deaths, and now they have helped me live with cancer.

I prefer to use the word challenge instead of problem, test, or trial. I like the word challenge because I envision positivity, learning, growing, and putting my best efforts forward. I did not think about being cured of the cancer, but more about how I can live my life with dignity, and what I am to learn from this new role as a woman with cancer. A family friend, Dr. LaJune Foster once said, “Look about for each bright ray of sunshine: cherish them, for in the days ahead they will light your path.” I deeply believe in this way of living.

I wrote about my journey with ovarian cancer to educate, support, and inspire women and their families. It is my own unique experience, but there are some common emotions, events, and experiences that all cancer survivors share. Like many others traveling this road, I have experienced valleys and mountaintops, darkness and rays of sunshine. I do not know what the future holds for me, but I have learned a lot about myself and met some incredibly courageous women.

The challenge of ovarian cancer was an opportunity for me to become a better person. My life is far richer and has the greater mission, which is to spread the word about this lesser known disease. I truly see each moment as a gift that is not to be taken for granted, but lived to its fullest with love. An important lesson I learned with the challenge of ovarian cancer is that the beauty of the soul, the real me, and the real you, outshines the effects of cancer, chemotherapy, and radiation. It outshines any negative experience.

  51gerumf7fl-_uy250_Buy the book: www.amazon.com/Outshine-An-Ovarian-Cancer-Memoir

Karen Ingalls is the author of the award-winning book, Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir; a volunteer with the Women & Girls’ Cancer Alliance of Florida Hospital and Women for Hospice; a public speaker; and an advocate for ovarian cancer awareness. Once a week she posts a blog about health/wellness, relationships, spirituality, and cancer. She resides in Central Florida with her husband. ALL PROCEEDS GO TO GYNECOLOGIC CANCER RESEARCH.

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She is the author of two novels: Novy’s Son and the award winning, Davida: Model & Mistress of Augustus Saint-Gaudens.

Buy the books

www.amazon.com/Novys-Son

www.amazon.com/Davida-Model-Mistress

Connect with Karen on her websites and social media.

www.outshineovariancancer.com
www.outshineovariancancer.blogspot.com
www.twitter.com/KarenIngalls1
www.facebook.com/pages/Outshine-An-Ovarian-Cancer-Memoir
www.facebook.com/pages/Karen-Ingalls/1473379352893458?sk=timeline
www.goodreads.com/kareningalls
www.linkedin.com/pub/karen-ingalls/37/509/ba8
www.kareningallsbooks.com
http://www.kareningalls.blogspot.com

My thanks to Karen for her detailed and inspirational post and it would be great if you could share the message on your own networks.. thanks Sally

 

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Update – Karen Ingalls, Janice Spina and Fiona Tarr


Welcome to the update and we begin with an offer from Karen Ingalls whose book, Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir is FREE from 4th – 8th June. You can also obtain signed copies direct from Karen for only $2.99 on  kareningalls1941@gmail.com. Karen is celebrating nine years clear of cancer and all proceeds go to research into this life threatening and certainly life changing disease.

About the book

When Karen Ingalls was diagnosed with Stage IIC ovarian cancer, she realized how little she knew about what is called “the silent killer.” As Ingalls began to educate herself she felt overwhelmed by the prevalent negativity of cancer. Lost in the information about drugs, side effects, and statistics, she redirected her energy to focus on the equally overwhelming blessings of life, learning to rejoice in each day and find peace in spirituality.

In this memoir, Karen is a calming presence and positive companion, offering a refreshing perspective of hope with the knowledge that “the beauty of the soul, the real me and the real you, outshines the effects of cancer, chemotherapy, and radian. It is a story of survival and reminds readers that disease is not an absolute, but a challenge to recover.

One of the recent reviews for the book on Goodreads

Feb 22, 2017 Harmony Kent rated it it was amazing

Outshine is an Oavarian Cancer survivor’s memoir full of inspiration and hope. The author shares her journey from diagnosis to cure and the part her strong faith played in that process. This book would prove useful for those suffering from cancer as well as their caregivers and significant others. One line I love is, ‘… attitude, acceptance, and determination are important factors in healing the body, mind, and spirit.’ The writer learnt many life lessons along the way and shares these unashamedly for the reader’s benefit. At the end of the book, the author includes helpful questions, signs and symptoms, and a list of resources. Well written and honest, this is a book that can find a place on any shelf.

Read all the reviews and download the book FREE from 4th June:https://www.amazon.com/Outshine-Ovarian-Cancer-Karen-Ingalls-ebook/dp/B00KI1HGZI

Also by Karen Ingalls

Read all the reviews, find out more about Karen Ingalls and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Karen-Ingalls/e/B009KT5QWY

Read more reviews and follow Karen Ingalls on Goodreads: http://goodreads.com/kareningalls

Connect to Karen Ingalls: www.kareningallsbooks.com

Our next author to update is Janice Spina with her latest children’s book. Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe released a few days ago and illustrated by John Spina.

About the book

Jeffrey is a nervous giraffe due to a terrible storm on the day of his birth. He remembers that day and is frightened of any kind of noise or unexpected things happening to him. His mother tells him that he is stronger than he thinks. One day Jeffrey meets another giraffe who needs his help. Read this story in rhyme and find out what important lesson Jeffrey learns when he thinks of others before himself.

An early review

Jeffrey is a nervous young giraffe because he constantly remembers the day when he was born. There was a loud, scary thunderstorm that day so any noise at all made Jeffrey afraid. His mama taught him a little rhyme to repeat whenever he was scared, but it didn’t seem to help. One day something happens that changes everything for him and Jeffrey learns an important lesson. This is another delightful book by Janice Spina and children will love it. They’ll enjoy learning about Jeffrey’s problem, and especially about the valuable solution. I highly recommend this entertaining story. Reviewed by children’s author, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Jeffrey-Jittery-Giraffe-Janice-Spina/dp/0998240435

A selection of books also by Janice Spina.

Discover all of Janice Spina’s books, read the reviews and buy:https://www.amazon.com/Janice-Spina/e/B00HNET4HG

Find more reviews and follow Janice on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7222888.Janice_Spina

Connect to Janice via her website: https://jemsbooks.wordpress.com

Our next author Fiona Tarr has just released the fourth book in the Covenant of Grace series. First let’s set the scene by looking at Destiny of Kings the first in the series.

The beginning of the series – Destiny of Kings – FREE on Kindle currently.

The King is going slowly mad, bewitched by the dark magic and seductive powers of the Egyptian Princess. As war breaks out, his trusted General seeks to raise an army and will find a young shepherd boy, bound for greatness.

General Martinez grows tired of the fighting and craves retirement until he meets the Priestess and the strange little Holy man who share a prophecy that cannot be ignored.

The General must now choose between the life of a young boy and his life long friend and King. Death is inevitable and when it comes, pain will follow…..

Behind the scenes:
A controversial twist on the Old Testament story of King David. Where dark magic, prophecy and religious turmoil reign.  A different kind of fantasy

One of the recent reviews for Destiny of Kings on Amazon

This is the first book in the Covenant of Kings trilogy. A fast paced Biblical tale of King David, his battle with Goliath and his affair with a married woman, Bathsheba.. Lots of suspense, emotion, witchcraft, revenge and drama. I received this book during a free promotion and voluntarily chose to review it. I really enjoyed this book and think you will also.

Download the Kindle version of the book FREE: https://www.amazon.com/Destiny-Kings-Heroic-Fantasy-Covenant-ebook/dp/B00KNQ6EYC

The other books in the series

The series so far is also available as a Kindle boxed set for only $3.99: https://www.amazon.com/Covenant-Grace-Boxed-Set-1-3-ebook/dp/B01MYSABI9

The latest book in the series – Heir of Vengeance

Egypt is rising, as the House of David is beginning to crumble.

A promised betrothal threatens to drive a wedge between David and those closest to him, but that isn’t the real issue. Jezebel can feel her powers returning and when she disappears, General Martinez fears the worst.

The Palace is rife with politics and when the plotting is revealed, death will follow….

‘Wow, absolutely amazing.’ Claire Simpson
‘I was absolutely enthralled. I believe it is the best one yet.’ Debra Foster

Buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Heir-Vengeance-Heroic-Fantasy-Covenant-ebook/dp/B071W4F3S5

Find out more about Fiona Tarr and connect via her Website/blog: http://atime2write.com.au

Thank you very much for dropping by today and please let me know your thoughts and sharing would be much appreciated. thanks Sally