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Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  80 ratings  ·  38 reviews
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 b ...more
Paperback, 108 pages
Published March 5th 2012 by Bookhouse Fulfillment
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D.L. Finn
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“Outshine” is the journey Ms. Ingalls took when she learned she had ovarian cancer. This is a subject I’d usually avoid because the word cancer scares me, and I’ve seen what it can do to loved ones, but I was surprised how inspired I became as I read it. The author is a nurse who educated herself with all the facts once she learned her diagnosis. She dug deep into her faith and found ways to nourish her soul throughout the process. I loved all the quotes and the positive way she approached a ver ...more
Stephanie Collins
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you, Karen, for sharing your story! It was educational and uplifting. When I say educational, I found that things that weren't written opened my mind to maybe just as many truths and questions as what was written. You survived a challenging ordeal and you had a wonderful, talented, supportive and knowledgeable healthcare team. I couldn't help but feel for those facing the same challenges who are in areas that don't have access to healthcare. You mentioned the cost of one particular medicat ...more
Harmony Kent
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outshine is an Oavarian Cancer survivor's memoir full of inspiration and hope. The author shares her journey from diagnosis to cure and the part her strong faith played in that process. This book would prove useful for those suffering from cancer as well as their caregivers and significant others. One line I love is, '... attitude, acceptance, and determination are important factors in healing the body, mind, and spirit.' The writer learnt many life lessons along the way and shares these unasham ...more
Nov 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Outshine Ovarian Cancer was wonderfully written by Karen Ingalls. The book takes you through the journey Ms. Ingalls faced as she first received her diagnosis and fought her way through treatment and healing. I had my own ovarian cancer scare in 2002 but was fortunate that it was not cancer.

I applaud Ms. Ingalls for sharing her story and am in awe of her unwavering faith. She not only did conventional chemotherapy treatments but included many holistic treatments as well.

This book is of value to
Natalie Ducey
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As a writer, I have immense respect for fellow writers who share their personal journeys and challenges with the sole intent to help ease the burdens of others. In Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir, Author Karen Ingalls not only shares her very personal journey of diagnosis and treatment of ovarian cancer, she does so with an enlightened, grateful heart. This is an incredibly personal read and one that offers guided hope and encourages discussion and advocacy for women's health.

Our lives are sh
Bill Ward
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book which seems the wrong thing to say, given it is about the author's battle with ovarian cancer! I found the book both fascinating and ultimately uplifting. We get all the details of the treatment as well as the emotions the author experiences. It is heart warming to read of the support she received from family and friends, and most importantly it is ultimately a positive outcome as the treatment is successful. The author has a strong faith in God, which has give ...more
Rea Martin
Apr 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am not rating this book based on literary standards, as its gift to humanity derives from the level of honest detail Ms. Ingalls so courageously shares with her readers. The story is told simply and with heart. A nurse herself, Ingalls' experience with ovarian cancer will no doubt be extremely helpful to patients and caretakers alike. I have lost friends to this disease and appreciate the personal account of her journey with all my heart. Bravo!
Fiza Pathan
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
'Outshine' by Karen Ingalls is a memoir of strength, faith & resilience in the face of Cancer. She was diagnosed with stage 2 Ovarian Cancer & this book is about how she tackled the cancer or as Ingalls puts it 'the big C word'. This is a memoir penned by a strong woman who did not buckle down in the face of 'the big C word'. I admire her husband Jim who was a great support to her during this situation. I don't think I would ever be as brave as Ingalls if I ever was detected with a fatal disease ...more
Shirley Corder
Feb 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Outshine is so much more than a memoir. Karen Ingalls uses her own experiences to guide the patient through the turbulent waters of ovarian cancer. The story starts with the discovery of a large tumour, moves through the surgery and treatments and on into the post-treatment period. Karen graphically describes the emotional roller coaster, covering points relevant to all on the cancer journey, not only ovarian cancer. In addition to the poignantly-told narrative, this book also includes a list of ...more
Antonio Jr.
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It's often been said that adversity reveals one's true strength. This book is the story of Ms. Ingalls's battle with stage 2 ovarian cancer. Amid the shock of the initial diagnosis, she is swept up in a world of increasing uncertainty, of doctors, of pills. Yet, despite everything, she pushes on. Her story is an inspirational one of courage and strength in the face of daunting challenges.

It was thoughtful -- and practical -- of the author to include ovarian cancer warning signs, risk factors, an
Sep 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
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This is an inspiring personal account of the authors experience with ovarian cancer. When I think of cancer I think depressing and sad but this book was very uplifting. There are motivational and spiritual quotes throughout. Karen Ingalls writes in a very engaging style as she shares her journey to wellness. She has provided a lot of helpful information about ovarian cancer and a great deal of resources for the reader to explore.
Beem Weeks
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is more than a simple memoir telling a story. This is a book filled with harrowing moments in the life of the author. Through sharing the darkness of a cancer battle, Karen Ingalls shines light on her faith and the events that led her to courage in the face of deep uncertainty.

Ovarian cancer is a serious issue—as is any cancer diagnosis. In a moment, a person must stand face to face with his or her own mortality. Karen Ingalls not only found victory in her personal battle, she has chos
Angela Kay
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I found this story incredibly informative and inspiring. There is little greater fear than hearing you have cancer—no matter whether you have a long family history of those that battled the disease or if it’s completely taking you by surprise. Most, if not all, of us, knows someone that has or had cancer. We usually watch from the outside looking in at how the person fighting for their life chooses to deal. Karen Ingalls gives us her firsthand, raw experience with one of the leading causes of de ...more
Stevie Turner
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was interested to read Karen Ingalls’ story, as I am a cancer survivor myself, and also my dear aunt succumbed to ovarian cancer back in 2012, the year when Karen wrote her story.

Although obviously initially traumatised at her diagnosis, it is Karen’s optimism and positive attitude which outshines her cancer in this book. Only about 50% of patients survive the Stage II cancer that she had, but instead of the usual ‘why me?’ questions, Karen learns that acceptance of her condition is the beginn
Maretha Botha
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: goodreads, memoirs
I obtained a copy of Karen Ingall’s memoir, “Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir” a while ago, and I’m very pleased to finally have had the time to read her encouraging thoughts. I suffer daily with a debilitating spinal disease which, after I’ve opted out of having another operation and rather manage with pain treatment, now needs surgery. So, even though I’m not dealing with a life threatening disease, my quality of life is often less than ideal. Therefore reading about the author’s coping mech ...more
Joy Lo-Bamijoko
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have had this book on my Kindle for quite some time, wanting to read it, and at the same time, avoiding reading it. I was afraid of reading what I feared would be a morbid story of Cancer sickness, but a few reviews of this book convinced me to give it a try. I am happy I did.

This is a very well written book full of compassion, love and understanding. The author wrote from the heart and with a strong belief in the healing power of God. If the author survived cancer, it must have been due to th
Eichin Chang-Lim
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Outshine is a memoir about the author's battle with ovarian cancer from the first diagnosis, surgery, and chemotherapy to the medical team's triumphant declaration that she is cancer-free. In her journal, she candidly shares her struggles and weakness, and she follows with a positive, resilient attitude. Her survival spirits are admirable and inspirational.
In the prologue, the author writes the words of wisdom: "A woman is her own best advocate and knows her body better than anyone, so it's vita
A.M. Manay
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This memoir focused on the author’s battle with cancer really touched me. I appreciated her honesty about the fear that accompanies a life-threatening health problem. Her work to balance both western medicine and alternative therapies was also a wonderful thing for her to share. Her words about the spiritual component of her battle were most encouraging. It was nice to read about someone who is strong in her faith as well as open-minded about eastern spiritual practices. I’ve had my own health s ...more
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir by Karen Ingalls looks at her personal experience with cancer. No person will react to a traumatic event exactly as another dealing with the same problem. I find every individual's story of strength and courage inspiring. Ms. Ingalls gave a valid account of her fears and worries and positive steps she followed to keep her chin up. She was also brave enough to show her weaknesses, vulnerabilities, and flaws of character at the same time. Outshine was a good read ...more
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished

The story was inspirational and it was easy to read. It takes courage to write about one's personal life and keep your dignity at the same time. But Karen did it and shared what she knows on to her readers. It gets high marks because I enjoyed reading it. I recommend it highly.
This personal journey of Karen Ingalls was insightful and chocked full of helpful information. The questions at the end are well thought out. I am glad she talked about the needs of the caregiver as well as they are often forgotten in the process. I will recommend and refer this book.
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Kindle book. Quick easy read - inspiring memoir about survivor who is strongly supported by her faith, family & friends. Also very helped by meditation & complementary medicines like Qigong (?). ...more
Mike Billington
Sep 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The English language is full of scary words and phrases but for many of us the scariest are these: "You've got cancer."
In her book "Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir" Karen Ingalls gives us a forthright and inspiring look into the way those three words changed her life and are still changing it.
For those of you who do not know, ovarian cancer is often fatal. It's aggressive and yet most women don't discover they have it until it's almost too late. Even Ingalls, an RN, didn't realize that she
Kelly Pinella
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A true story, Karen battles with ovarian cancer. She gives plenty of details that describe the traumatic experience of conquering this silent killer. Karen finds peace and strength, deeply rooted in faith, in the midst of life threatening challenges. These challenges include the challenge of accepting the news of a 50% survival rate and the challenges of enduring surgery, treatment, and the unknown results. Written in 2012, she describes current medical procedures and shows the side effects of c ...more
May 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This might not be the most in depth account of a journey from cancer patient to cancer survivor but you do get a true sense of what Karen, and those around her, had to deal with from the moment of diagnosis.

Simply written and honest this book is not littered with too many medical terms, but rather concentrates on the human aspect of the situation. You get a true sense of what Karen felt during the different stages of her treatment and there were a few times that a tear was brought to my eye.

Oct 02, 2014 rated it liked it
I got this book in exchange for a honest review.

Karen Ingalls, an older (and from reading I think really beautifull) lady, writes about her experience with ovarian cancer. As she suffers through treatment (OP and chemo)she tells us how she found strenght in the people surrounding her,through self-healing and exercise.

Do not be shocked that I rated it with only three stars.

It is because I think that a persons story - a part of them - cannot be rated in any way.
Not through grammatical devices, len
Nov 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rrbc
Like many other people, cancer has struck my family more than once, so my heart goes out to anyone who has suffered this disease. I was pleasantly surprised that this book wasn't a depressing litany of all the horrible aspects and hardships of treatments of ovarian cancer. Yes, some of the tests and treatments were mentioned but more as a means way to help the reader understand a little more about cancer and its effects not only on the person who has it, but on those who are caregivers. Instead, ...more
J.S. Luxor
Nov 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I just completed reading through Karen Ingalls' forthright story of her own journey with a rare, very fast moving and pernicious type of ovarian cancer. I admire her strong-willed approach and courage. She found that the support of her family and friends made a huge difference during her crisis. Her religious convictions also helped shape her attitude toward the disease. Ingalls' story is conveyed as though we're reading her diary. What starts out as a normal day quickly turns into a nightmare. ...more
Dec 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews
Outshine is the inspirational journey of one woman as she discovers the unthinkable and faces it the only way she knows how...with a positive spirit.

When a routine visit to her doctor leads to the discovery of a mysterious lump, Karen and her family are on pins and needles as they await further tests. The results are devastating and Karen must face a new reality as she struggles to come to terms with the diagnosis. With the support of her family and the strength of her faith, Karen is determined
Simon Okill
Dec 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir by Karen Ingalls is an inspirational true story that will have you turning every page with a trembling hand. The author pulls no punches as she reveals her path to enlightenment through spiritual faith to overcome the devastating monster that is cancer.
When Karen Ingalls was diagnosed with Stage II Ovarian Cancer, she was trapped in a vacuum where her terror and confusion dwelled and ruled over her. As the author came to terms with her condition she became over
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My first book, Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir won first place in Women's Health and a finalist in Cancer for the National Indie Excellence Award 2013; and was a finalist in both Cancer and Self-Help categories for the Midwest Independent Publishers Award 2012. All proceeds to to gynecologic cancer research.
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