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Face Time with Judy Anderson

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

Batavia resident Judy Anderson, 45, was at a friend’s garage sale when she answered 10 questions for the Kane County Chronicle’s Brenda Schory.

Where did you grow up? I was born in California, and we relocated to Chicago, and then St. Charles.

Pets? Five fish named Big Kahuna and Goldie, and Thing One and Thing Two and Stripe. And three dogs, a collie-husky mix named Nanook, a two Chihuahuas named Jackson and Cricket.

Who would play you in the movie of your life? Natalie Wood

First job? Cashier, fries, grill, drive-thru at Burger King in St. Charles.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be a physical therapist in sports medicine and work as an athletic trainer for a professional team. But I became a registered nurse.

A movie you’d recommend? “The Notebook”

Favorite charity? Any cancer-related charity because I’m a cancer survivor.

Hobbies? I love gardening and anything landscaping. I love to walk in the river and look for antique bottles.

Favorite local restaurant? El Taco Grande in Batavia

What is an interesting factoid about yourself? I am a squamous cell skin cancer survivor. Early detection is the most important aspect. I ignored my symptoms for almost two years because I was going through a divorce. I lost half my face to it. I had a re-section of all the cancer, radiation and chemotherapy. I had to wait a year for reconstructive surgery and wear a prosthetic nose. I’ve had about 10 surgeries. This Nov. 1, it will seven years cancer-free.

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