My Story is about Judi Adams (myself)
This event took place from 10/16/2021 to 10/17/2022
during surgery in Nov 2021
This is My Story
Judi Adams has been living in Brisbane for the past 5 years.
Since 2004, Judi has been a passionate advocate for cancer research, raising awareness and funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) as a volunteer community fundraiser, and through her work as a volunteer for the Women in Super Mother’s Day Classic (WIS MDC).
In 2017 this advocacy and awareness raising was recognised by the National Australia Day Council, when Judi was awarded the honour of being chosen as the incoming Tasmanian Local Hero 2018 award winner in the Australian of the Year awards program.
On moving to Brisbane in 2018, Judi extended her reach and continued to contribute to the NBCF through her fundraising events and her role on the Brisbane committee of the WIS MDC.
In November 2021 Judi had a pancreatic cancer diagnosis, which was discovered during surgery.
Since her diagnosis and surgery, Judi has had 6 months chemotherapy which was completed in July 2022.
Judi is not content to be a passenger on this journey and has chosen to assist drive a public awareness campaign around pancreatic cancer. Judi is speaking out about her own lived experience, and is now passionately channelling her energy and has shifted her focus to concentrate on raising awareness about pancreatic cancer and the symptoms, and to advocate for the need for more research into pancreatic cancer.
For Judi, this starts with awareness and a conversation, which then contributes to a pathway for further dialogue. Judi hopes to ensure earlier detection and better outcomes for those like her, who may not realise their symptoms are indicative of pancreatic cancer.
In conjunction with QIMR Berghofer and Pankind, Judi has collaborated on promotional ads and media stories and advocated for patients and carers to join QIMR Berghofer’s Pathways and Process studies.
Working with Pankind and the Pancreatic Cancer Alliance, Judi has been promoting that key sites and firms are planning to paint the town purple across Australia to raise awareness for pancreatic cancer. Judi is contributing to increasing the community’s awareness of pancreatic cancer, and highlighting the need for more research, through promoting the campaign to light up Australia for World Pancreatic Cancer Day on 17 November 2022.
The Impact of Time
It is true It IS all about time.
It is also about time in relation to early detection, time is critical in finding pancreatic cancer, and having a diagnosis makes you aware that time is precious and it is a gift!