Ovarian Cancer: The Whispering Disease



 breast cancer awareness





               CAROL CHANNING,

                      KATHY BATES,

                             CORETTA SCOTT KING,





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:




     Rate your pain from mild to severe:  

1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9    10



      How much do you eat before feeling full:  

           100%     75%     50%     25%



      How often do you urinate:

             (1-3)    (4-6)    (7-9)    (10 or more)



      Measure your abdomen to determine any increase in girth:

             (1-2″)     (2-4″)    (3-4″)    (5 or more inches)




       Painful intercourse    Unexplained weight gain   Change in bowels


       Increased fatigue        Persistent indigestion, nausea or gas




                        Breast Cancer    

                                                  Colon Cancer   

                                                                        Ovarian Cancer


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.



                                             LET’S GET THE WORD OUT…


karen ingalls



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. 

outshineAll 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



Kathryn Chastain Treat:

As part of Invisible Illness Awareness Week, I am reminded that “We Are Family”.

Originally posted on allergictolifemybattle:

I have mentioned so many times about my isolation. I have also mentioned that I have become strong enough that I can make a 20 minute journey (only with my mask on) into Target to grab an item or two as long as I don’t make a habit of it. Usually I don’t go by myself unless it is very early in the morning and the store is pretty much deserted. Recently I needed two graduation cards and my Seventh Generation Laundry Soap. I got up early and headed for the store. I managed to get the cards without a problem. Then I needed to get my laundry soap. The problem is that all laundry soaps are in the same area (including my Seventh Generation) along with all other fragranced household products.

As I made my way towards that section of the store, I worried about a reaction that might…

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Day 254 In the Pursuit of Love (IIAW In Mom’s Words)

Kathryn Chastain Treat:

This a guest post from Colleen’s AWESOME mother! What a great thing she did answering your questions and doing the best she can to make your life easier.

Originally posted on Life in the City with a Future:

Image (11)I asked my mom for the ultimate act of love this week. I asked her tell about her journey having a daughter who is disabled with MCS. Mom asked me for questions for her to answer. These are her words:

1. What did you first think when I told you I was disabled with MCS and you would have to eliminate all toxic chemicals from your life if you wanted to physically see me?

I thought, God. How do we do that — chemicals are everywhere? How bad is this going to get for my poor daughter? And of course, I thought about myself also. I have lived for so long doing everything using all kinds of awful stuff and not even paying attention until you get an awful wake up call and have to hope and pray it is not too late.

2. Two years after my disability from…

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Remembering 911


I still remember where I was and what I was doing on this horrific day 13 years ago. I was already sick and trying to work at a new job.

I had just left the shower and was in the process of getting dressed to head for work. The radio was on in the bedroom. As I went about the task of dressing and doing my hair the radio jockeys were talking about a plane hitting one of the Twin Towers in New York. I continued doing my preparations thinking it was some sort of joke between the two.  The more they talked, the more I began to take it seriously. Immediately I called out to my husband and asked him to turn on the television in the living room. Before I knew it, a second plane had hit the towers.

It was no longer a joke, no longer an accident, but something far more frightening. I stared at the television in disbelief and horror. I began calling family and friends. As the news cast went on they began talking about the fear of other spots being targeted, including the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. My younger daughter lived in San Francisco while she was attending college. I immediately began trying to phone  her cell phone and she did not answer.

All morning long at work I continued to phone my daughter but the circuits were busy.  I panicked as I thought of my daughter so far away in San Francisco.  Finally some time in the afternoon I was able to get through.

So, today I am remembering what I was doing on that fateful day. I am saddened by the lives that were taken away and the hole it has left in the hearts  and lives of their friends and families. I am saddened for the first responders who lost their lives rushing in to save their fellow-man. I am saddened by all those first responders who will forever be ill from all that they were exposed to in the days and weeks after searching through the rubble.

America and the world will not forget this day.

invisible illness week: JUST ONE life…

Kathryn Chastain Treat:

Thank you Lindsay for posting during Invisible Illness Week. For those who don’t know Lindsay suffers from dysautonomia.

Originally posted on Musings of a Dysautonomiac:

Every year I try to write a post for Invisible Illness Week and – guess what week it is??!  To learn more about Invisible Illness Week, visit this website and be sure to check out some of the other blog posts listed from some amazing invisible illness sufferers.


In past years I completed the “30 Things About My Illness” Questionnaire for Invisible Illness week, but this year I’ve decided to write about the theme for this year – JUST ONE.

If you found this blog through the Invisible Illness Week website, thank you for visiting. Please feel free to leave the link to your blog in the comments so we can learn more about you!



Recently I was reading a chapter in the book, hand wash cold by Karen Maezen Miller.  In that chapter, Miller states:

“You might think, for…

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It’s What You Can’t See that Hurts You

Kathryn Chastain Treat:

I loved this blog post so much that I had to share it. Colleen, you have a wonderful friend there.

Originally posted on Stepping Out with an Agoraphobic:

Invisible Illness

This week is National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week. It runs through September 14th. It was suggested to me that I write about my experiences in dealing with my illnesses, and I will – perhaps at a later date. Instead of looking within myself, I thought I would broaden the scope of my focus and talk about an invisible illness that has hit close to home, and changed how I live my life.

To have a loved one succumb to an illness is one of the most painful things imaginable – and that pain applies to friends, as well as to family. What is even worse is when that illness is new, uncommon, or even invisible. This is what has been happening to my friend, Colleen, who has Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, a crippling disease that has rendered her disabled.

I must admit that sometimes I don’t feel like…

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Are you 1 in over 1,000,000?

In honor of Invisible Illness Week, I share this video with you.


An Allergic to Life Giveaway

You all know that I am celebrating the one-year anniversary of publishing Allergic to Life where I am giving away books through Goodreads and my blog.

This week is also Invisible Illness Week.  In celebration of Invisible Illness Week, I am also giving away a copy of Allergic to Life: My Battle for Survival, Courage, and Hope on the Chronically Content blog site.  Please visit this wonderful blog and enter for another chance to win a copy of my book.

Day 252 In the Pursuit of Love (IIAW)

Kathryn Chastain Treat:

Thank you Colleen for your contribution in getting the word out about Invisible Illness Week.

Originally posted on Life in the City with a Future:

This week is Invisible Illness Awareness Week. If you’re not one of the over 100 million people who have an invisible illness — and wonder what it is — it is an illness/disease/sensitivity that the symptoms are not obvious to someone else. If you seated 50 people with MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivities) and 50 people without MCS in a room — it would be nearly impossible to pick out those with MCS. Symptoms such as migraines — chronic fatigue — chest pains — blurred vision are not obvious to some one else. Even symptoms that are external such as hives are still difficult to see when they are on your scalp or under your chin. Panic attacks or anxiety caused by toxic chemicals reacting with our brains and nervous symptoms are often incorrectly assumed to be a “mental” disorder rather than a physical one. Mood swings and fuzzy-headedness are sometimes…

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National Invisible Illness Week

Today is the start of National Invisible Chronic Illness  Awareness Week which runs through September 14th.

How many of you who are ill with environmental illness, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, etc. have been told that you don’t look sick?  I have been told that I look good when I feel horrible.  On one hand I am glad that I am not looking as horrible as I may feel but it is hard to explain to others when you may not look as bad as you feel. On August 3, 2012, I posted on this site “Me in the Beginning” When you look at my picture taken in 2002, it is easy to see how sick I was.  I don’t even think I realized how sick I looked until later when I saw my picture.  I knew I felt bad and something horrible was wrong but looking at myself in the mirror daily the changes were gradual.  I didn’t suddenly wake up with dark circles, a haunting look, skinnier than I had ever been and with yellowing skin tone.

I want to raise awareness that environmental illness, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and other chronic illness may not necessarily affect a person’s appearance. It is truly and invisible and silent terror that many go through on a daily basis.  I hope that a day will come when someone says they have some unusual or unexplained illness, they will be treated with respect and their complaints taken seriously.

Toni Bernhard wrote a wonderful article entitled The challenges of Living with Invisible Pain or Illness. She is also the author of  an amazing book, “How to Be Sick”.  A dear friend of mine published her book, Intentional Healing: One Woman’s Path to Higher Consciousness and Healing from Environmental and other Chronic Illnesses, a year before I completed Allergic to Life:  My Battle for Survival, Courage, and Hope. I hope these writings will allow you to know that you are not alone in your battle with invisible illness.

Please take a moment to visit the Invisible Illness  website and read the stories that others have shared. Had I been more aware and on top of things this year, I would have included a blog post on this site as I have done in the past.