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Outshine - An Ovarian Cancer Memoir Paperback – March 5, 2012
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''Karen's experience with complementary therapies may help women find ways to deal with the stresses and anxieties of a cancer diagnosis and treatment.''--Mary Gallenberg, MD, American Board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist, and American-certified in internal medicine and oncology
''This is a story of illness, faith, and courage. You will get tears in your eyes when you learn Ingalls has cancer. You will root for her during treatment and aftercare. You will cheer when you learn she is cancer-free. Engagingly written, this book isn't just for those who have cancer... it is for all who face life's challenges, quell their fears, and learn to live each day to the fullest.'' ----Harriet Hodgson, author of The Spiritual Woman: Quotes to Refresh and Sustain Your Soul and 101 Affirmations to Ease Your Grief Journey: Words of Comfort, Words of Hope
From the Author
The Outshine book is an outgrowth of the journaling I did from the time of my initial visit with my gynecologist to the point of entering remission after major surgery, many tests, doctor's appointments, and chemotherapy.
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Top Customer Reviews
We seem to shy away from talking about Ovarian Cancer. As a two-time Ovarian Cancer survivor myself, I know just how true that can be. It's called the silent killer, but it's as if somewhere along the line that came to mean we should stay silent. Thankfully, Karen Ingalls did not stay silent. In this beautiful, touching memoir, she shares with us her reality. And as she does, we realize that we stay silent because silence is easy. What the author has done is not easy, but it makes a difference, and I for one am extremely grateful that she shared her journey with us.
Karen writes with a very positive outlook and sincerity even when she is communicating about her difficult days, the fear and sadness.
I bought the book from Amazon and chose to have it sent directly from the author. It came very quickly and included a special personal note from Karen.
I highly recommend this book for anyone dealing with any type of serious health issue.
In her book "Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir" Karen Ingalls gives us a forthright and inspiring look into the way those three words changed her life and are still changing it.
For those of you who do not know, ovarian cancer is often fatal. It's aggressive and yet most women don't discover they have it until it's almost too late. Even Ingalls, an RN, didn't realize that she had it. She simply felt she was getting fat when she started unexpectedly putting on weight in her middle 60s. Fortunately for her, she took her concerns to a doctor who actually listened to what she had to say and didn't make a snap diagnosis. (I speak from experience when I say that. I am a cancer survivor who was told by three doctors initially - none of whom spent more than five minutes with me - that I had nothing to worry about. Unconvinced, I went to a fourth physician who then referred me to an oncologist who checked me into the hospital immediately and demanded to know why I'd waited so long to see a doctor...)
In straightforward terms, Ingalls discusses her fears, the impact those three little words had on her family and friends, her surgery and subsequent treatment and her faith. She not only describes the changes in her life but also gives readers a mini tutorial on ovarian cancer, chemotherapy and what those who are diagnosed can reasonably expect to happen during the process of treating this awful disease. She also offers readers some useful tips on how best to cope with cancer and the aftermath of a diagnosis, though she's careful to note that these are things that worked for her and might not work for others. She also notes, quite accurately, that if you have been diagnosed you must become your own best advocate. Doing so serves two vitally important purposes: It focuses your attention on your recovery because you are intimately involved in the process and, because of that, it helps you think of yourself not as some helpless victim but as a warrior. That's so important, in my opinion, because any good doctor will tell you that a positive attitude is essential during the recovery process and, frankly, it's all but impossible to have a positive attitude if you think of yourself as a helpless victim...
If you have been diagnosed with cancer - any kind of cancer - or know someone who has I think you'd be wise to read this memoir. It's not very long but don't let that fool you: This is a powerful and inspiring book and I take my hat off to Karen Ingalls for being brave enough to fight her cancer and equally brave enough to share that fight with us.
Very well written. Karen Ingalls is amazing. I recommend this book to anyone with or without cancer because, after all, any day could be our last day whether or not a person is diagnosed with cancer. Karen gives wonderful advice and openly shares her battle against the Big C. Love never gives up, and neither did Karen Ingalls.