“I am excited about 2013,” exclaimed Joan Cunningham, creator of Joanie’s Goodies. “Last year was a roller coaster year, after finally getting back to my beloved home in Schroon Lake from a three-year stint in hospitals and rehabs, I thought the worst was behind me. In January, these ugly big blisters started showing up on my legs and tummy; after a massive dosage of steroids the blisters were finally under control; but, the steroids left me 100 pounds plus heavier. Then in March, I broke my leg, six surgeries later and 10 weeks in various hospitals, they finally got that under control.
“In December, I spent a week at the National Institute of Health Human Genome program and received excellent news,” she continued. “I was chosen from thousands of applicants to be involved in NIH’s undiagnosed disease program. The leading doctors in the world tried to figure out what caused my body to turn on me and attack my body, bones, lungs and brain leaving me paralyzed from the chest down. It was an incredible trip. I was overwhelmed by the compassion of the folks at NIH who were working on my unique case.
“They gave me the best Christmas present ever when they told me that ‘Joanie’s disease is miraculously in remission’,” Cunningham said. “They were amazed that my lungs and brain were clear of any liaisons.
“I told them that it’s positive thinking and as I’ve always said, ‘When life gives you lemons, just make sweet lemonwade’,” she continued. “The director of NIH, Dr. William Gahl, commented that, ‘Joanie is an extraordinary individual who lifted our spirits with her amazing resilience.’ My real hope is that if even if they can’t help me that this research will lead to help for others who suffer from other neurological diseases, like m.s or devics.
“Through all of 2012, I stayed busy thinking about expanding Joanie’s Goodies and helping Schroon Lake grow,” she said. “I’ve launched Schroon Lake Events on Facebook and on the web to bring attention to our wonderful town, year round. Schroon Lake is so unique with our spectacular waterfront park, beach, bandstand and our small town Main Street and, of course, all the great people. I know that without all of my friends help and encouragement I would’ve never survived the last four years. Schroon Lakers are great, so warm and compassionate. There isn’t anywhere else in the world I would rather be other than in Schroon Lake.
“As for 2013, besides promoting Schroon Lake with new events, like Winterevent, five weeks of great winter family fun and classic concerts in the park in the summer and much, much more; I’m expanding our business year round, weekends in the winter, adding the Adirondacks best brunch, improving our healthy line of handcrafted bakery and dark chocolates, adding new stores and a barbecue on the patio in the summer and fall,” Cunningham said.
“I’m looking forward to helping Joanie kick off the Winterevent, with the snow sculpture contest that will be fun for kids of all ages,” commented Jessica Potter, co-chairwoman of the Winterevent. “Anyone who would like to enter the contest that will award over $700 in prizes should contact us.”
Joanie’s Goodies is open Saturday and Sunday (And Monday Holidays) during the winter from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For more information:contact us @Schroonlakeevents/facebook.com or call 532-9900.