After being diagnosed in June 2008 with ovarian cancer I began to educate myself about this “silent killer.” My book provides general information about the symptoms, risk factors, treatments, and statistics. Equally important is that the reader will learn how I coped with the challenge of cancer using the same tools I used in facing abuse, alcoholic parents, untimely deaths, and divorce. I knew that God was beside me; the love and support of family; the shoulders of friends; I continued yoga and meditation; complementary therapies; surrounded myself with positivity and humor; and followed certain dietary guidelines. The reader will follow me through surgery, treatment, and remission with the perspectives of hope and spirituality.
Targeted Age Group:
All ages. Ovarian cancer has been diagnosed as young as 8 years old.
How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
My genre is deeply personal, inspiring and informational.
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I am a retired registered nurse with a master’s degree in human development. My areas of nursing expertise were hospice, epilepsy, and wellness. For twenty years I had my own nursing service called Kare ‘N Touch, where I provided counseling, biofeedback, therapeutic massage, and Therapeutic Touch.
I have experience in public speaking, leading seminars and classes. I have co-authored a published article in a nursing journal; and am continuing my writing career with two novels on which I am currently working.
I volunteer for the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Florida and Women for Hospice.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Though I am a registered nurse I did not recognize my bloating stomach as a symptom. I just thought it was typical of being post-menopausal. Since 70% of women diagnosed die within the five years, my mission is to do everything I can to provide information and inspiration to women and their families. Proceeds from the book go to ovarian cancer research.
I faced the challenge of this diagnosis with the same tools I used when I dealt with abuse, alcoholic parents, divorce, and untimely deaths. My philosophy is that “the beauty of the real me, and the real you, outshines the effects of cancer, chemotherapy, and radiation.” We can outshine any challenge.