There are three types of storms I have faced. For the past week, I have been facing the potential life-threatening threat from Hurricane Dorian. As I write this, the eye of the storm is 145 miles east of us and 100 miles east of Daytona Beach. We will not know the effects of it until the sun comes up, and it has moved further north.

A different storm has come into my life three times: ovarian cancer. September is National Ovarian Cancer Month so it is appropriate for me to promote awareness which can be diagnosed in any female of any age IF she has ovaries: reported cases of infants, preteens, teenagers, young and old women.

Know the symptoms: bloating, abdominal or pelvic pain, change in bowels or urine, change in appetite, extreme fatigue, painful intercourse to name a few. Listen to your body and go see your gynecologist.

My award-winning book, Outshine is about the first few years of my journey with ovarian cancer. It is a book for anyone who is facing the storm of any cancer or life-threatening illness. It has been called a book of hope and inspiration. The theme of the book is the beauty of the soul, the real me and the real you, outshine the effects of cancer, chemotherapy, and radiation.

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All proceeds go to ovarian cancer research.

Storms of life can and will be a part of anyone’s life. Sometimes the storms are reflections of how we live or think about ourselves, personal events, and our faith. In the book Keep Yourself Full by Yecheilyah Ysrayl, the reader learns ways to be more contented, stronger, and wiser. Its message is self-love. This is a book that can help anyone face their personal storms.

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My prayers are for all those who suffered from Hurricane Dorian, especially in the Bahamas. I am grateful for what I have learned and the people I have met through my eleven years of living with ovarian cancer. I applaud Ms. Ysrayl for writing about how she continues to rise above her personal storms.


  1. Your post is so timely and I relate to it, having recently faced a storm of my own. Your encouraging words are uplifting. You are such an inspiration for so many, Karen! Thank you for sharing!


  2. Beautiful post Karen about all life’s storms. Your book offers so much inspiration to me, thank you
    I am glad you are okay from Dorian and sending prays to those who were hit and hoping it takes a sharp turn out to sea.


    1. Since I am late in responding to your comment we both know that Dorian went far enough East to not be an issue for Florida. Thank you for your kind words about my book Outshine. Starting to work on a follow-up book.


  3. Karen that is a lot to deal with. You are a strong person and will get through your storms.
    I’m up and all I see is what has happened in the Bahamas. Still waiting on further news. Oh! Dorian has passed. It is churning off the east coast. Conditions are deteriorating according to weather reports.

    Stay strong Karen. You will get through all of it.


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