Outshine – An Ovarian Cancer Memoir
When Karen Ingalls was diagnosed with Stage II ovarian cancer, she realized how little she knew about what was once 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, Ingalls 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, the author 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 radiation. This is a story of survival, and reminds readers that disease is not an absolute, but a challenge to recover.
About Karen Ingalls (Orlando, Florida Author)
Karen Ingalls is the author of a twice award winning historical fiction, a biographical fiction, and an award winning non-fiction. She has published articles for journals and websites. She writes three blogs: Mind, Pen, Spirit for authors and avid readers (kareningallsbooks.blogspot.com), Ovarian Cancer Journeys (ovarian cancer information and inspiration (ovariancancerjourneys.blogspot.com), and Outshine Ovarian Cancer about health/wellness, relationships, and spirituality (outshineovariancancer.blogspot.com).
Ms. Ingalls is a retired registered nurse with a Master's Degree in Human Development (a double major in psychology and human services). She does public speaking on health/wellness, gynecologic cancers, living life with hope, and stress management. She has done presentations for University of Florida Pharmacy Students, University of Central Florida nursing students, church groups, service organizations, libraries, and nursing homes.
Her philosophy as an author is: "The only important thing in a book is the meaning it has for you." (Somerset Maugham). As a nine year ovarian cancer survivor she lives by the philosophy: "Hope is living with courage and confidence, not fear." (Penny Boldrey)