Denise Sweeney is a fifth-generation Novocastrian and a first-time author. Her memoir, Steps To Survival, documents her experience of recurrent cancer. It also includes the steps she took to give herself the best chance of surviving a rare and aggressive type of endometrial cancer. Denise found the writing process very challenging and emotional as it made her relive the experience. She was completing her Masters of Health Psychology with the aim of becoming a clinical health psychologist when her life was changed by cancer. She offers hope and support to other women through community and support group talks.