I met Karen Ingalls over a year ago and soon discovered that we had something in common. We were survivors! Karen writes about her battle through Ovarian Cancer in her memoir. I found her positive outlook amazing despite what she went through. Karen is also a very strong advocate for Ovarian Cancer Awareness. September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. In honor of this month, I have asked Karen to be a guest. Sit back as she tells you about Ovarian Cancer: The Whispering Disease.
OVARIAN CANCER: THE WHISPERING DISEASE
CHARLOTTE EMILY(PIERCE BROSNAN’S DAUGHTER),
EMILY KNERR (9 YEARS OLD),
CORETTA SCOTT KING,
AND 250,000 WOMEN WORLDWIDE THIS YEAR
WILL BE DIAGNOSED WITH OVARIAN CANCER.
This cancer does not discriminate as to age, fame or fortune, education, general health, or race. It is a world problem that will claim the lives of 140,000 women this year.
Early detection is key to survival.
PLEASE, if any one of these symptoms occur daily for 2 weeks, see your gynecologist. Keep track of them on a chart similar to this one, or download Dr. Oz’s chart at:
PELVIC OR ABDOMINAL PAIN
Rate your pain from mild to severe:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
DIFFICULTY EATING OR FEELING FULL QUICKLY
How much do you eat before feeling full:
100% 75% 50% 25%
FREQUENCY TO URINATE
How often do you urinate:
(1-3) (4-6) (7-9) (10 or more)
BLOATING OF ABDOMEN
Measure your abdomen to determine any increase in girth:
(1-2″) (2-4″) (3-4″) (5 or more inches)
CIRCLE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING:
Painful intercourse Unexplained weight gain Change in bowels
Increased fatigue Persistent indigestion, nausea or gas
CIRCLE IF HAVE A FAMILY OR PERSONAL HISTORY WITH THE FOLLOWING:
A pelvic and rectal examination, a transvaginal ultrasound, and a CA125 blood test are the recommended procedures to determine if ovarian cancer might be present. PLEASE see a gynecologic oncologist if this cancer is suspected due to your symptoms, family history, and test results. BE YOUR OWN ADVOCATE.
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Karen Ingalls is a retired registered nurse with a master’s degree in human development and psychology. She is the author of two books and numerous magazine and journal articles.
All proceeds for her award winning book, “Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir,” go to gynecologic cancer research. http://www.outshineovariancancer.com
Her weekly blog is about health/wellness, relationships, spirituality and cancer. http://www.outshineovariancancer.blogspot.com