My name is Sally Fichet, and I have been the owner, manager, and technical lead of Duncan Press since 1998. I have, over the years, heard the most incredible stories about my age, health, and infirmaties--and their effect on my charts. I am here to tell you the truth, not only about my medical status, but about my maps as well.
I was born in 1944. I have a family history of stroke and heart attack: my mother died at 59 after a triple bypass ten years earlier; my father died suddenly at 69 of a massive heart attack.
In 1998, late in the same year I bought the New Hampshire chart business, I had an ischaemic stroke on the left side of my brain. Three years later I was able to baby-talk and walk very slowly with a cane.
In 2003-04, I had another blockage on my right side, but no stroke. I had surgery to clean my arteries.
In '05, I had a TIA, again on the left side.
In 2014, I had a fall in which my shoulder was broken.
In 2015, I had a fall in which my hip was broken.
Finally, in 2018 the doctors at Mayo Clinic discovered a melanoma on my forehead. I am under treatment for that right now.
In 2018 my right side continues to be paralyzed, I still say 'no' when I mean 'yes', and I still have trouble finding right word to explain very simple concepts.
But, each year, I understand ideas I couldn't comprehend a year ago. Despite my disabilities, I've continued my cartographic skills. As early as 2002, while I continued to talk baby-talk, I was able to correct my printers tiniest mistake on my maps.
I'm proud of the fact that I can create my own website. And I'm proud of the fact that I can, with the help of Neil Allen, a cartographer for Benchmark Maps and an advisor of Duncan Press, produce the most complex, finest chart ever of Lake Winnipesaukee and the other lakes in the Lakes Region. I will continue to do that until I'm six feet under. That's my vow.