Otmj Thursday, May 7, 2015
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Motherwalk Milestone Judy Fitzpatrick Will Mark 37 Years as Cancer Survivor
Journal photo by Maruy Wald
Fitzpatrick said having a grandchild to look forward to was one of the things that kept her going through her third and fourth battles with cancer. She has four grandchildren: Hannon and Chris Tatarek and Kate and Will Fitzpatrick. Will is not pictured.
By Emily Williams
Mother, grandmother and four-time cancer survivor Judy Fitzpatrick, of Mountain Brook, has battled breast and ovarian cancer, all while raising two children and watching them start their own families.
At this year’s annual Motherwalk, presented by the Norma Livingston Ovarian Cancer Foundation May 9, Fitzpatrick will celebrate 37 years as a cancer survivor. Her battle with cancer started when she was 31. Fitzpatrick began receiving chemo and radiation treatments, sometimes bringing along her daughter, Paige, then 2 years old, and her son, Bebo, who was 6. “It was hard,” Fitzpatrick said. “It takes a lot of energy to take care of children, and you don’t have that
energy.” She said she would occasionally bring her children to the hospital, where they would sit in a separate room while she received treatment, but usually received help from her parents, her in-laws and an especially wonderful next-door neighbor. While raising two children, Fitzpatrick beat cancer and would do so again a decade later.
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