Determination to succeed

Ellon graduate Julie Addis with sons Jamie and Richard.
Ellon graduate Julie Addis with sons Jamie and Richard.

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.”