Karen’s Story

Karen Danage is a mother of two, wife and retired career professional with the U.S. Department of Justice. She has also been on a thirty year journey as a writer.

Karen’s Story may be best told simply with the introduction to her new book, Girlfriend’s:

Introduction

About two years ago, while frying chicken for our traditional Sunday dinner, I fainted. I came to and stumbled to the bathroom and passed out again. Upon coming to
again, I was shocked to find blood all over my bathroom. My children were upstairs, unaware of what happened. I yelled for help, and they had me rushed to the emergency room. The emergency room doctor discovered a tumor in my stomach. As a result, I was advised to have surgery immediately and also a biopsy to ensure the tumor was not malignant. I was at a loss for words, and I couldn’t believe this was happening. The doctor informed me in a very matter-of-fact manner that this incident could have been fatal.

As I lay in my hospital bed, recovering from surgery and waiting for the biopsy results, I began to think about my life. I believe that when a person is faced with death, what really matters is quickly revealed. There were two things I immediately thought about: my family and my thirty-year
journey as a writer. My passion for writing was discovered by my sixth-grade teacher, Ms. Lillian Stokes, at Memphis Campus School in Memphis, Tennessee. I captured her attention with a short story titled, “The Little Green Man,” as well as many other poems and short stories. She believed
in me and told me, “Karen, never stop writing.” I will always remember her words.

I made a vow to complete the books that I had started writing, and I recommitted myself to my product line, Heartration Products, which I launched in March 2010. When I learned that the biopsy results were negative, I waited for everyone to leave the room; then I began to cry. I thanked God for sparing my life, and I knew without a doubt that I was still alive for a reason. Later that evening, I
picked up a pad and pen—which I always have with me— and began to write a poem titled, “Girlfriends.” I decided this would be the title of my first book.

As women, we are all on a journey, ultimately trying to fulfill our destiny. Each of us has a story to tell. I believe it is my destiny and time to inspire others through my words. I hope your heart is touched, and most importantly that you become inspired to live the life you are destined to live. I made the decision to stop flapping my wings and fly because, as I experienced through my illness, I don’t know when my last day will be.

As you read Girlfriends, I hope you re-imagine your own journey.