Womenable Founder Takes a Break  

Friends of Womenable: I have been diagnosed with brain cancer (glioblastoma) and am currently undergoing treatment. The cancer was discovered in September at Munson Medical Center after I began having trouble with speech and wasn’t feeling quite myself. I am receiving great care here in northern Michigan at Munson’s Cowell Family Cancer Center, after consulting with oncologists at University of Michigan Health Systems. At this time, I must take a pause in the work of Womenable and focus on my treatment.

angels from NAWBO sisters

angels from NAWBO sisters

I have been overwhelmed by the support and love I have received from my local community including my women friends and my Leelanau Conservancy friends, and my friends from around the world.

My wonderful husband, Walter, has been by my side constantly and we continue to take our morning walks in the beautiful environs I live in. Nature, along with people, is buoying my spirits and keeping me grateful for all that I have. Life is good—even with brain cancer!

I will begin radiation treatment in late October as well as chemo. The battle ahead is daunting and won’t be easy, but I am determined to fight as hard as I can to kick this invader out of my brain and to enjoy the gifts that come with each day.

I’m doing my best to stay positive, and appreciate all of your good thoughts. I am also posting regularly on my Facebook page (Julie Weeks) but it’s difficult for me at this time to type/reply to posts or email.
Please know, however, that I am energized and lifted by hearing from you. Thank you. 
~Julie Weeks (thank you Carolyn Faught for writing this for me)

7 thoughts on “Womenable Founder Takes a Break  

  1. Dear Julie!
    I am writing to wish you well!
    You have been for so many years our steadfast companion in meetings, conferences, workshops all over the world, and I am sure you know how we have always been so fond of you!
    You have shared networking, databases, publications, and through the years kept us informed about so many important things through your wonderful website Womenable, with great generosity, one of your many virtues!
    We have you in our hearts, and are sure you will win the battle that you are fighting now.
    I will be in touch, and best wishes!
    Sonia De Avelar
    from São Paulo, Brazil

  2. Julie you are such a marvellous women-abler, always a rock of information and inspiration. Enabling and supporting the progress of women owned businesses in the US and sharing best practice with others scattered around the globe like us at Women’s Enterprise Scotland. In the same way as you have helped and supported us over the years, we will be here to support you on every step of this journey.

    Stay strong. With love from all the Scottish women-ablers xxx

    Carolyn Currie, Edinburgh, Scotland

  3. Dear Julie,

    I just heard the news from Ruta. I’m so sorry! Please let me know if there is anything I can do. I have so enjoyed working with you over the years and sharing our passion for women entrepreneurs. You have been an amazing role model. I know you will tackle this latest challenge with energy and conviction, and please know you have a LARGE group of fans and supporters that will help you every step of the way.


  4. Julie, I am so taken aback by this news! You have been such an amazing supporter to so many women and the organizations that serve them! Just know that your Canadian friends are sending good vibes and positive energy your way. Wishing you a speedy recovery. Hugs, Betty

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