Determination to succeed

Ellon graduate Julie Addis with sons Jamie and Richard.

Ellon graduate Julie Addis with sons Jamie and Richard.

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AN ELLON woman, who was diagnosed with breast cancer towards the end of her master’s degree, has graduated from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen.

Mother-of-two Julie Addis, 56, underwent treatment while studying international marketing management at the university.

She enrolled on the course as a personal challenge, having worked in PR and marketing roles for much of her career.

Mrs Addis was already a senior marketing officer at RGU and wanted a course that would fit round her busy work schedule. The distance learning option of the master’s course provided the flexible option.

She explained: “I had worked in PR and marketing for years and decided that since my children had both graduated from university and flown the nest, I was ready to take on a challenge.

“I found it fascinating combining the marketing practice I had been doing for so long with the actual theory. After years of working in the role I still learned so much.”

Undeterred by the devastating cancer diagnoses, Mrs Addis was determined to continue her studies while undergoing treatment, achieving an A for her thesis and distinction for her degree.

She added: “Being diagnosed with breast cancer was somewhat unexpected and obviously a challenge, but I’m a fighter and knew that the support of family and friends and my positive attitude would get me through.”