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Ovarian Cancer

“The beauty of the soul, the real me and the real you,
 outshines the effects of cancer, chemotherapy, and radiation.”


Karen Ingalls is a nine year ovarian cancer survivor, Stage IIC, and has had two recurrences. Presently in remission, on Zejula (a PARP inhibitor), and is doing well. She is a retired RN with a master's degree in human development with a minor in psychology. She faced the challenge of ovarian cancer with the same tools when she dealt with childhoodabuse, alcoholic parents, divorce, and untimely deaths. Her first published book, "Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir" was named a winner for the 2013 National Indie Excellence Award, Women's Health; finalist in the 2012 Midwest Book Awards for two categories: health and self-help.

Her weekly blog is www.outshineovariancancer.blogspot.com, which is about health/wellness, cancer, relationships, and spirituality. She is a member of the Patient Leadership Council for Tesaro, Inc., a pharmaceutical company.


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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, Karen 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.''

Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir is a story of survival, and reminds readers that disease is not an absolute, but a challenge to recover.


Davida is the story of unconditional love between Albertina Hultgren (aka Davida Johnson Clark) and renowned american sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens.  It was a forbidden love that survived twenty-five years, until his untimely death.  She was the ethereal woman; he was strength and exuberance

Pinnacle Book Achievement Award Winner 2016, 2017 New Apple Book Award.

From his early childhood, Murray Clark sought love and acceptance from his father, who was raised as the bastard child of a famous artist. Murray struggled with jealousy toward his younger brothers, and he questioned the morals and values of people around him. As an adult, Murray lived life his way, with years of lying, womanizing, and heavy drinking. Though married four times, did he ever find unconditional love? Would Murray’s high intelligence, his love for his two daughters, and his unique philosophy of life help him rise above his demons?

Praise and REVIEWS

“Karen’s experience with complementary therapies may help women find ways to deal with the stresses and anxieties of a cancer diagnosis and treatment.”

—Dr. Mary Gallenberg, American Board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist, and American-certified in internal medicine and oncology

“Karen Ingalls's first novel, Novy's Son, The Selfish Genius, is the absorbing history of Matthew Collins, aka Martin Lemieux.  It chronicles Matthew's life from age 4 until his death at 95, showing how he strived to win his father's acceptance. Karen's careful attention to the detailed thoughts and actions of Matthew as he matured into a brilliant young man, who lacked the motivation to complete goals, became an alcoholic and a sex addict, makes this novel a fascinating study in the development of the total person.”

—Ruth Fisher, English Professor (Retired)

“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


January 30-February1 BlogHer18 Convention/Conference in New York City.

December 16, 2017 ovariancancerjourneys.blogspot.com initiated for survivors, caregivers, and all women for ovarian and other gynecologic cancer information, support, and inspiration.

December 4-5, 2017 Meeting in Dallas, TX for Tesaro Patient Leadership Council meeting.

December 1, 2017 presentation on Hope to Women for Hospice.

November 27, 2017 Presentation on HOPE to Methodist Church ladies group

November 2-4, 2017 Meeting in Washington DC for Tesaro Pharmaceutical and live presentation about ovarian cancer journey with The Moth Productions. Also videotaped and will be used by Tesaro for www.Our Way Forward-oc.com

September 26, 2017 first Teal Lunch for survivors and caregivers, Mt. Dora, FL. Will meet fourth Tuesday of each month at LaGuadalajara restaurant at 12 noon.

June 14-16, 2017 Tesaro Patient Leadership Council meeting in Boston, MA

May 8, 2017 Ovarian cancer presentation at Friends After Diagnosis, Vero Beach, FL.

March 8, 2017 The Villages Gynecologic Support Group started, Pinellas Library FL. Meet second Wednesday of each month

November 15, 2016 Presentation of Outshine book at Royal Highlands 1:00-3:00 pm, at Leesburg, Florida 

October 18, 2016 Presentation of Davida: Model & Mistress book at United Methodist Church, Tavares, FL. at 10:00 am

 October 18, 2016 Book promotion with Cheryl Baranski at https://cherylbbookblog.wordpress.com/

August 25 & 27, 2016 Book & Blog Tour at www.kareningalls.blogspot.com

Augsut 22, 2016 Book promotion with Cheryl Baranski at https://cherylbbookblog.wordpress.com/

July10, 2016 Sally Cronin Interview of Me (link is forthcoming) 

June 23-25 Three Day Trailer Book Tour for Novy's Son. 4willspublishing.com 

May6, 2016 at 3:30 pm Presentation at Lakeridge in Eustis on ovarian cancer.

April 4, 2016 Interview with Ink & Quill for Novy's Son.

April 2, 2016 at 2:00 pm book launch for newest novel, Davida: Model & Mistress for Augustus Saint-Gaudens.

March 10, 2016 at 6:30 pm Presentation about ovarian cancer at Woman's Club of Umatilla, Florida.

February 2, 2016 at 6:30 pm Presentation about ovarian cancer at First Baptist Church, Umatilla, Florida.

February 13, 2016 Book signing at Barrel of Books & Games, Mt. Dora, Florida from 2-4 pm.

February 20, 2016 Outshine book promotion at Survivor's Course in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Co-Author of "Her Recipes For Life" raising money for ovarian cancer research. Order your copy at zoe@ovarian.org.uk.

September29, 2015 Ovarian Cancer Presentation to Pharmacy Students at U. of Florida,Gainesville.

September 17, 2015 BlogTalkRadio interview about Novy's Son book at 11:00 am CDT. Listen anytime http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ravereviewsbookclub.

September 1-30, 2015 Outshine book available at discount prices www.amazon.com.

September 3-15, 2015 Outshine book giveaway through GoodReads.

August 15, 2015 Speaker at Volusia County Ovarian Cancer Survivors group.

August 12, 2015 Speaker at Cancer Survivor Celebration in Tavares at 8:30pm.

July 2015 Published article for Hormones Matter website titled "What Causes Ovarian Cancer?" http://www.hormonesmatter.com/causes-ovarian-cancer/

June 11, 2015 Survivorship Luncheon Celebration, Speaker on "Thriving & Surviving" Tavares, FL.

May 8, 2015 Ovarian Cancer Survivor's Course at Buena Vista Palace Hotel, Floridagv

May 4, 2015 Published article for Hormones Matter website titled "What Is Ovarian Cancer?" @kareningalls1 http://www.hormonesmatter.com/ovarian-cancer/

April 18, 2015 Teal Magnolia Luncheon, Lake Mary, Florida. 10:00am to 2:00pm

March 15, 2015 Meet the author and signed copies of Novy's Son, The Selfish Genius book available at Barrel of Books & Games, Mt. Dora, Florida from 1:00-3:00 pm.

March 3, 2015 Advocacy U Interview at 2:00-2:50 pm EST at www.W4WN.com or www.W4CS.com. Replay on Saturday, March 7 at 3:00 pm EST at same sites.

January 6, 2015 Member of Nurse Writers

Promotion of Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir on www.nurseup.com

Nomination of "Best Blogger" on WEGO.

October1, 2014 Speaker for Howey-In-The-Hills Garden Club on ovarian cancer.

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.

September: Lake County Gyn. Lunch Bunch featured in Healthy Living magazine.

September 2, 2014 12:30 pm Speaker on "Outshining Ovarian Cancer" for Lunch 'N Learn at Florida Hospital Waterman.

August 7, 2014 at 1:30 pm Speaker on "Shifting Away from Cancer: Coping Methods" for the General Cancer Support Group at Florida Hospital Waterman.

Goodreads Book Giveaway of Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir

June 2, 2014 Southern Writers Magazine article
 "From Journaling to Authorship."

Book Launch for Novy’s Son, The Selfish Genius March 23, 2014, 3:00-5:00 pm, at Belton Building, Tavares, FL.

Presentation on ovarian cancer. Feb. 18, 2014,  9:30 am
 at United Methodist Church, Tavares, FL.

"I'm Outshining Ovarian Cancer" article in Coping Magazine,
 Jan./Feb. 2014.

"Ovarian Cancer from the Other Side" article in Oncology Times Oct. 10, 2013.


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