Thursday 20th January 2022

Why “Women of Courage” As A Series? 59/2020.

Why “Women of Courage” As A Series? 59/2020.

As of today, 50 women have shared their stories. 

I did not assign a #number to my post or Jane Caro’s. 

Women of Courage.

This is what I wrote to each woman who agreed to be part of this series. Interestingly I had only “one” knock back initially. I am so proud of the women who are sharing their stories in the weeks and months to come. Over time as I continued to invite women  to consider adding their stories, I did get more ‘no thank you’ responses but obviously a lot more “yes, I will” ones as the series had spanned over one year.

“Thank you for agreeing to share your story for my Women of Courage series of posts which will be published from mid May 2019 onwards.”

I got this idea from attending the Newcastle Writers Festival and hearing the wonderful Jane Caro speak about her book Accidental Feminists. IF you ever get a chance to listen to or read Jane’s works they are very good.

Jane’s Women of Courage story is here.

What I considered after that day and in the days to come is how we women have a tendency to underplay our achievements and whatever else we are doing in our lives. I know this is changing.

Many of you know I have had the experience of a cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery and I am aware I had to garner a lot of courage to come through much of what has happened. This is  my own courage post, you will read something different where I believe I was courageous.

I am excited, interested and curious about these stories from real life…and women of courage!

I hope you are too.

Extract from my post introducing the series here in May 2019.


And I added this…which I am repeating here. 

If you would like to share your story of being a woman of courage* please let me know in the comments and I will email you. That would be great!

*there are no men included as I  think we women do not talk or not write about our stories enough which is why I have called the series: Women of Courage.

  1. What have you faced in your life where you have had to be courageous?


  1. How did this change you in any way? Please outline further if this has been the case.


  1. Is there something you learned from this that you could recommend to help others who need courage?


  1. Do you think you are able to be more courageous now if the life situation calls for it? Why is that?


  1. Is there any message you would give to others facing a situation where courage could be needed?

Send me an email: to become part of the series. You will be glad to join in. I have been told quite a few times now how therapeutic and helpful it was to write.

Won’t you consider this please?

Next week, the series continues.

I am recovering in hospital today, after some pretty serious surgery. Not related to my head and neck cancer, not cancer in any form. But, major in its own way. I think, over time, I might blog about it but not yet. If I take a while to respond to comments, this will be why. Rest assured, once I am home, I will want to be back on the computer and blogging!

I may not be responding to comments today…but I will!
For this reason, I will see how I go for linking up as I usually do.

Sure hope my hospital has good wi-fi.


Two weeks prior to the surgery, I took myself to the beach to try to gain better perspective for me…and I found it as well as support from many, for which I am very grateful. These stairs are a reminder that my recovery will be step-by-step and a challenge but not one I cannot complete.


Joining each Wednesday with Sue and Leanne here for Mid Life Share the Love Linky.

On Thursdays I link here for Lovin Life with Leanne and friends.

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  1. Women of Courage…I like that. We do underplay our achievements. #MLSTL

  2. You rest up and take it easy!! Hope all the results are good. #MLSTL

  3. Sorry to hear you’re in hospital Denyse (but relieved it isn’t cancer related). Wishing you a speedy recovery and it’s good to see that the blogging will continue once you’re on the mend. x #MLSTL

    • Thanks so much, Leanne.

      I had put off any kind of decision about this surgery for a long time, now it’s done, I am pleased with the result.


  4. Hi Denyse just popping in again to share for #MLSTL Hope you’re starting to feel better now x

  5. Hi Denyse, I have been thinking of you! I hope you’re doing ok. Take it easy and rest as advised. I am very privileged to have been part of your Women of Courage series. Thank you so much for inviting me to participate. Take care of yourself and hopefully you’ll be home feeling better soon. xo

    • Thanks so much. It is good to be well after the surgery and slowly getting back to routines. Not quite up to much but feeling better in a week!


  6. It’s been such a pleasure to read each of the very different ‘Women of Courage’ posts Denyse and I’m honoured to have been one of them. You embody courage in all you’ve been through, and continue to face, I wish you well for a speedy and complete recovery. #mlstl

    • They have been a very special part of the past year or so and a privilege to host.

      Thank you for your kind words, Debbie.


  7. It is a wonderful series Denyse and we have certainly met some Courageous women. Thank you for the series and for linking up at #MLSTL. Hope you are recovering well. xx

    • Thank you so much Sue.

      I agree it’s been a great place to share and meet other women.

      Your support has been appreciated.


  8. How are you feeling beautiful lady?
    I’ve been watching your updates on Facey.
    I look forward to seeing you back to full fitness soon … you’ve been through tough times but you always manage to pull through with a smile on your dial. That in itself is the definition of courage.
    L xoxo

    • Thank you kindly. I am ‘getting there’ as they say. Pretty knocked about physically thanks to 2x large abdominal incisions. The operation had to be done, so that’s the reason. I will, over time, maybe, write about it.