This post is part of’s second Five for Ten challenge.  Give us five minutes for ten days.  There are almost 60 people involved this time around.

Courage!  I am not sure that I use that word all that frequently.  There are so many reasons that I may think someone is courageous or that they have the courage of their convictions.  Maybe these will end up being two separate post as both courage and courage of convictions are worthy of discussion.

I wanted to entitle the post “Portraits in Courage” but that is a book written by John F Kennedy.  Figured plagiarism was not the way to start off Five for Ten. defines courage as the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear.  This applies to so many people I have known in my  life.  I want to introduce you to one of them.

The first person I want you all to meet is a good friend of mine.  We were young mothers together.  She had her first a few weeks before my first.  Her second and my second and third were just three weeks apart.  I had number four a month or so after she had number three.  She was the epitome of healthy long before it was in to be healthy.  She was also a bit older than I was.

Then, came the phone call.  Could I pick up her kids on this one day and get them to preschool?  This was not a big deal.  I had a mini-van and our kids all went to school at the same preschool.  She hesitated.  I assured her it was not a problem that I could get the two older kids of hers to preschool with mine.  She, then, continued.  Her parents would be at the house with her youngest but she didn’t want them to have to go out.

She would be at the hospital.  They had found cancer in her one breast.  She and her husband, who is a doctor, had taken the test results, the mammogram to several other doctors in and out of the area.  She had opted to have a radical mastectomy and re-constructive surgery all at once.  This was almost 20 years ago.  Surgery was prevalent and she had done the research.  She didn’t want to worry about re-occurrence.  Since that time, she has gone back to school and become an Episcopalian priest.  She has shown courage in more ways than just how she faced cancer.  She has lived a life full of courage.

Do have someone in your life that showed you what courage is?