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Karen Gillett


Karen J. Gillett is from Oregon with contributing writing in three books. Two books in a series called “Extra Ordinary Answer to Prayer” by the editors of Guideposts. Books titled Tragedy to Triumph and Love and Forgiveness. Her third book was by Gary Chapman and James Stuart Bell called Love is a Verb.

The encouragement she has to offer is from her own discouraging moments in dealing with health issues. At 12 years old she had a head injury that later created uncontrollable epilepsy. She was disabled for 12 years before being cured. Twenty years later she now struggles with breast and bone cancer. Her writing is her way of helping others struggling with health issues and the emotional strain it can cause. As God as her coach everyday life has been her playing field with victories as well as losses yet to be tallied on the scoreboard of life.

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Posts by Karen Gillett:

  • Bucket List, Here I Come!

  • November 13th, 2014
    Recently in one of my latest trips to the doctor the topic of discussion was what was new regarding my cancer. “Karen,” the doctor opened up her conversation, ‘Your cancer has spread to your liver. As it looks [...]

  • Ready To Fight

  • July 8th, 2014
    The pain in my hips was increasing. Walking, sitting and standing became a difficult if not impossible task. The only thing I was able to do was lay on my stomach on my bed. It was from that position I ate my meals and [...]

  • A Wiser Place To Be

  • Think PositiveApril 24th, 2014
    Stress fighter tip: It’s all in our attitude and focus. It’s amazing just how much our attitude affects all we do. Especially when it comes to handling stress in our lives. The chose we make can either make or break [...]

  • Trying Too Hard to Be Healed

  • March 13th, 2014
    As the evening came so did a phone call from our daughter regarding her grandpa who was having chest pains she was concerned about. Fresh out of pacemaker surgery it was alarming to think he might be having further heart [...]

  • Who Put The Question Mark On My TelePrompTer?

  • January 10th, 2014
    One evening as I sat and watched the news the story they were talking about caught my attention. They were interviewing a news reporter who went through an experience with his teleprompter that disrupted an interview [...]

  • Practice What You Preach

  • December 6th, 2013
    Stress fighter tip #8—Practice what you preach! Recently at the church after talking to a lady about issues going on in my life she stopped me long enough to make her first comment. ‘Aren’t you the one who [...]

  • Awareness That Counts

  • October 21st, 2013
    As I sat down to watch Sunday night football recently with my husband I was caught off guard by the amount of pink on the field. Helmets dressed in pink, pink socks, pink ribbons and so much more. Turning to my husband [...]

  • Waiting For Life’s Storms To Pass

  • October 7th, 2013
    Stress Fighter tip #7: Weathering life’s storms. Sometimes when life is hitting us pretty hard the best thing we can do to fight the stress that comes with it is bow our heads, say a prayer and weather the storm. [...]

  • Dancing With The Fly Strip Of Stress

  • September 16th, 2013
    Stress Fighter tip #6: Don’t tangle with the fly strip. One day as I was doing something in my office I was so pre-occupied with my task at hand that I wasn’t paying attention to outside elements. Elements such as [...]

  • A Longer Hope

  • September 9th, 2013
    Stress fighter tip #5: Hope longer. Shortly after I was diagnosed with cancer I went to a concert with my family. As I sat there enjoying the music I was fighting the tears that wanted to flow down my cheeks. I kept [...]

  • Erase And Replace

  • August 15th, 2013
    Stress fighter tip #4. Putting in a new tape. Often when buying an electronic CD or cassette player one of the features we like to have is a device that will play the tape over and over again. Something like that may [...]

  • Building Our Own Sandwiches

  • July 26th, 2013
    Once when I was in San Francisco with my sister and niece to eat out, we frequently chose Subway sandwiches. I had eaten there many times before but for some reason this one hunger trip to the restaurant was going to [...]

  • Moving Forward

  • July 24th, 2013
    Stress fighter tip #3: Don’t quit; keep moving forward. If you think about it stress likes to stop you in your tracks. It can hinder you from making any kind of progress whatsoever. When I was haunted by stress seizures [...]

  • A Ray Of Sunshine

  • July 11th, 2013
    Stress fighter tip #2: Be thankful in stressful situations. ‘Duck, Karen! Someone just hit the computer screen. Oh that was you.’ One of the hardest things I had to learn when I dealt with my stress seizures was [...]

  • Controlling Our Worries

  • July 8th, 2013
    Stress fighter tip #1: don’t worry. Duh, Karen what a novel idea! How often we have heard, “Well, don’t worry about it”. For some reason we believe it’s our solemn sacred duty to worry about things. We [...]

  • Surviving Heroes

  • July 1st, 2013
    The time for the annual breast cancer walk in town was finally here. It would be the 2nd time my family and I attended the ‘Heaven Can Wait’ event. This year we were ready for the event. For months I had been gathering [...]

  • Cured Or Not Cured

  • June 24th, 2013
    As the calendar pages slowly flipped to the start of each month, the anniversary of my cure from epilepsy approached. June 13, 1990 was the day I was set free from being disabled for 12 years. At last I was what they [...]

  • Fighting A Good Fight

  • June 13th, 2013
    The day was just beginning and it was time to spend some quiet time with my Lord. As I sat in my lift chair I began to think of something I read in the Bible about fighting a good fight. Suddenly out of nowhere tears [...]

  • It Is Time

  • June 5th, 2013
    The verdict was in. I was handed the key to my cure for my epileptic seizures and all I had to do was conquer the stress in my life. The doctors recommended a psychiatrist but because I was denied the surgery that could [...]

  • Life’s Too Short

  • May 24th, 2013
    The diagnosis of my cancer hit hard. The blow it created that disrupted my life flowed into the lives of my husband, daughter, grandchildren, and many more around me. For weeks after we got the news every time my husband [...]

  • Re-focusing Life’s Lens

  • May 20th, 2013
    My camera lens was set. The target I was after to capture was our daughter participating in her 4th grade Christmas program. Excitement was welling up inside of me as I was anxious to get a good picture of her performance. As [...]

  • One Too Many

  • May 1st, 2013
    The waiting room was quiet. It gave me time to think about what I was there for as I waited for my name to be called. Recently I had joined my husband and other people and caught what was called the “common” cold. [...]

  • A Hand-In-Hand Journey

  • April 22nd, 2013
    It doesn’t seem like it there is a place where cancer and stress do not go along hand-in-hand. The odds of getting cancer can be very high for some and almost zero for others. However, when it comes to stress that [...]

  • The Fight Against Stress

  • April 10th, 2013
    As the chest pains increased my daughter decided to take me to the emergency room at the local hospital. The first thing the ER nurse asked me was, “Do you have stress in your life?” If I wasn’t in so much pain [...]