DREAM TRIP A TREAT
IT WAS halfway through Jodi Batley’s holiday to Europe that she knew her cancer had flared up.
The 37- year- old single mum from Bushland Beach was on a dream holiday with her two sons, paid for in part by a Townsville fundraising campaign two years ago.
The campaign was run by fellow Cranbrook State School mum Suzanne Schmidt and raised $ 10,000 for Ms Batley to take her sons Jordan and Tyler, now 12 and 7 respectively, to Disneyland.
But during the five- week holiday, which included a visit to Euro Disney, Ms Batley’s two brain tumours multiplied to 11.
“Something clicked about Switzerland, about halfway through, because I was getting headaches and couldn’t stay awake,” she said.
“I spent the last week or two sleeping a lot because my brain was pretty swollen but we got up and did the important things.”
But Ms Batley said despite her mother, who was travelling with the family, suggesting that she come home, she decided not to cut the trip short even after losing 8kg.
“I made sure the boys had a good time, because that’s what it was about, them experiencing something different,” she said.
“It was very tiring but I wasn’t missing it. I don’t live my life just to do my treatment. I still get out there and do everything for the boys.”
Diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer five years ago, Ms Batley has had a double mastectomy and multiple sessions of chemotherapy and radiation but the cancer has spread.
Apart from the tumours, Ms Batley has also had cancer in her skull, right armpit, right pelvis, left femur, lungs and back.
Now she’s waiting for the results of scans this week to see how far the cancer has progressed before starting brain radiation treatment.
GOOD TIMES: Jodi Batley with her two sons Jordan, 12, and Tyler, 7, after their trip to Euro Disney partly funded by the community.