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That Takes Courage

We asked our Facebook followers about the bravest things they’ve every done. Their answers were poignant — and proof that we’re all capable of living daring and determined lives.

I called it quits on a 30-year marriage to a man who told me he had never loved me and wasn’t even very nice to me. I did this not knowing what would come next because people deserve some happiness in life, and we were never going to find ours. — Wendy L. Cohan

Living on after my daughter died. — Jane Smer

At 51, I unloaded everything I owned and just kept driving west in my two-seater without knowing where I would end up living. — Bell Jar

Traveled undercover to search and locate missing children. — Laurie Ann Marrano-Johnson

Went into a crack house and got my sister out. — Kellie LaPier

Stood up to my mom when she was hitting my little sister when I was about 12 years old. Told her it was no longer going to happen or I would shout it out to all my teachers and people I came in contact with. My sisters and I were her punching bags, but it finally came to an end. — Shirley Fraser

Fell in love again. — Jeanette JJ Combs

Put all my ex-husband’s crap in a garbage bag and threw it in the front door of the tavern where he was spending all his time. I don’t know if I would have the nerve to do that again! — Tracy Cassady

Recovered from a motorcycle wreck that killed my husband. — Lisa Ferris Peterson

Packed two suitcases; grabbed my granddaughter, whom I raised since she was 2 weeks old; and escaped an 18-year toxic, volatile relationship by moving to Hawaii, where I had never been. — Michelle Guadagno Thornton

Moved overseas by myself knowing no one, with only about $1,200 in my pocket, and only sort of knowing the language. — Amanda Ball

Moved to a new city as a single parent of two young kids to further my career. — Marla Larson Fulton

Spent an evening alone in a funeral home with the body of a woman who had no visitors. A raging thunderstorm caused power outages, including where I sat in the dark. — Karen Honnold

Carried on raising my children well after the loss of their father. They turned out to be very good people. — Sylvana Anderson-Gish

Walked away from my beloved bespoke catering business after four incredible years. — Kristen Ellery

Had a baby. For me. Biggest thing ever. — Mary Laux

Watch my dad die of cancer. — Dorcas Ann Dailey

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