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Discovering disease capped tough stretch for breast cancer survivor

12 WOMEN WINNING THE FIGHT • BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH SERIES

Friday, Oct. 25, 2013 5:25 PM
Last updated 8:17 PM
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Breast cancer was just one more thing Judy Reddick had to deal with when she was diagnosed in late 2007.

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Judy Reddick, whose mother and grandmother died of breast cancer, was diagnosed after a mammogram in December 2007.  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
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Judy Reddick, whose mother and grandmother died of breast cancer, was diagnosed after a mammogram in December 2007.

The month before, she and her husband of 33 years divorced.

Her mother died of breast cancer in 2005, and her grandmother had also died of the disease.

Reddick said she never felt a lump, but a mammogram detected one in December 2007.

The surgeon called on New Year’s Eve to tell her it was cancer.

“You feel like every bit of air in your body just leaves you,” she said. “At the time, all you’re going to hear is ‘cancer.’  ”

“I went to the bedroom and I just cried the rest of the night,” she said.

While undergoing treatment, she had a stroke from diabetes. But she still managed to keep her head up.

“The day I went in to have my mastectomy, my daughter told me she was pregnant with my first grandchild,” she said. “That helped me fight a lot harder through all of my chemo.”

Reddick said even though a lot of negative things had happened, she knew this time she was fighting for her life.

The support of her daughters and good friends helped keep her spirits up through the difficult journey.

“I’ve had a lot of medical issues along the way with this, but I’m still thankful and happy,” she said.

UPCOMING EVENTS

TODAY

Pink Ribbon Event: Augusta Harley-Davidson, 4200 Belair Frontage Road;
9 a.m.-4 p.m.; food, vendors, live music, raffles, tattoo contest; proceeds benefit University Breast Health Center; (706)
651-0444

Crossfit Augusta presents Big or Small Save them All: 10 a.m.; 4408 Evans to Locks Road; teams of two or individuals completing “Helen” then “Grace”; food, drinks; all proceeds benefit The Lydia Project; (706) 250-1189; www.crossfitaugusta.com

Breast Cancer Awareness Dinner: 7 p.m.; Mann Memorial United Methodist Annex Building, 2705 Milledgeville Road; Dr. Matthew Pugliese, speaker; dinner, fellowship and support, entertainment, auction, door prizes; $25 donation; call in advance (no tickets at the door); (706) 691-9767

ABOUT JUDY REDDICK

AGE: 59

HOMETOWN: Augusta

FAMILY: Daughters, Ronda Reddick and Kimberly Reddick Metzger; two grandchildren

OCCUPATION: Retired social worker for the state of Georgia

DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT:
December 2007 – mastectomy and chemotherapy

HER ADVICE: “Go ahead and cry. It’s OK to cry. Then get strong and get tough, and battle it with everything in you. Let your family members help you. Be strong. You have to be really strong, especially when you’re going through chemo.”


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