Monday, January 5, 2015

"Outshine"- A Must Read

Last month, I won a Wego Health contest in which the prize was an autographed copy of " Outshine An Ovarian Cancer Memoir "by Karen Ingalls, a stage II ovarian cancer survivor. Due to a very busy Christmas holiday I didn't get a chance to get around to reading it until New Years Day.

"Outshine" is a well written, easy to read book. For me, reading the book was as if I was having a coffee and chatting with a woman from my support group. Ms Ingall's not only shares her story with ovarian cancer but also provides information about the symptoms of the disease, diagnostic tests ( CT, MRI, PET) and treatment options. Helpful for newly diagnosed women is her advice regarding how she handled side effects of chemotherapy through standard medicine and complimentary medicine. She also discusses the important role her husband, family and friends played in aiding in her recovery. Ms Ingalls does not leave out the pain and anguish.  I could totally relate to what she was going through.  Rather she offers excellent advice on how she dealt with not only the emotional issues but also the physical issues of her diagnosis. 

This may seem odd but I couldn't wait to get to the end of each chapter. Why was I in such a rush? Because I couldn't wait to read the poem, scripture verse , saying or affirmation related to the chapter. Here is the one you will find at the end of Ch 15:

We can turn our backs on tomorrow
And live for yesterday.
Or we can be happy for tomorrow
Because of yesterday.- Anonymous

Over the past 9 years I've read a number of books by or about women diagnosed with ovarian cancer such as The Light Within  and Memoir of a Debulked Woman as well as other books by and for cancer survivors. "Outshine" is one of my favorites and its contents are of value to women diagnosed with the disease as well as their caregivers. I will be sure to share the book with women in my support group.

You may order the book on Amazon. More information about the author and the book may be found at the book's website.

Every Day is a Blessing! Blessed to have had the opportunity to read "Outshine".

1 comment:

Karen Ingalls said...

Thank you for your very kind review of my book, "Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir." Your comments brought joyful tears and I am grateful that my book brought you peace and comfort.
God bless you.
Karen Ingalls