A face from the ‘new frontier’

Published: Friday, November 30, 2012 at 09:38 AM.

She has been all over the country, working for months-long stretches from places as diverse as Rock Springs, Wyoming – “There is nothing but prairie dogs and they are mean.” – and Orangeville, Texas, Kansas, West Virginia, Utah and Minnesota.

While not all jobs filled her bank account as in North Dakota – Maddox is deciding whether she wants to brave North Dakota during the winter months – the living is a good one.

“I enjoy it because I enjoy traveling and meeting people,” Maddox said. “In North Dakota, it is wide open. If you know anybody in construction they need to go up there. They are renting and selling homes that haven’t even been built yet.

“I think they have an inventory of something like 4,000 homes planned and not yet built.”

It was in Texas that Maddox had the scare of her life.

She awoke one morning with pain from one breast and knew intuitively that something was wrong. She contacted her doctor.

A biopsy later, the diagnosis was breast cancer. She had a lumpectomy and chemotherapy and Oct. 29 represents her cancer birthday, the day she received the diagnosis that she was cancer free.

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