March 8 is International Women’s Day, celebrating the historical, cultural, and political achievements of women around the world. The occasion encourages us to honour the powerful women who make up our communities and help us thrive.
I’m always reminded at times like this of Nicole Moore. She’s the amazing lady I got to know and write about in my first published book, “Shark Assault” (sharkassault.com).
Nicole experienced one of the most dreadful experiences tormenting the human imagination: an unprovoked shark attack that very nearly killed her. In fact, she experienced two death-defying shark strikes! Enduring uncertainties and round after round of painful medical operations, including the amputation of her arm, left her and her family devastated. And yet, I have never met someone so positive, so incredibly resilient, who maintains an unbelievable level of hope and optimism. Nicole never thinks about herself, rather, she devotes her efforts to using her motto "Keep Moving Forward" to urge people to maintain the zest in their own lives.
I’m not alone in my enthusiasm for how she inspires. Two examples (of many):
“Nothing it seems, is going to pull you or kick you down.
Your strength and determination are the stuff that most people
only read about but you, you are our real-life living example
of strength and a modern day heroine" says one fan.
"You are an amazing woman. With everything you've
gone through, you keep such an optimistic outlook
on life. You are truly an inspiration to us all.
Keep doing what you're doing girl" adds another.
So, on this observance of International Women’s Day – part of National Women’s History Month – I say: Here’s to you Nicole Moore! You’re the best!