DREAM TRIP A TREAT

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - VIC­TO­RIA NU­GENT vic­to­ria. nu­gent@ news. com. au

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.

Pic­ture: SHAE BE­PLATE

GOOD TIMES: Jodi Bat­ley with her two sons Jor­dan, 12, and Tyler, 7, af­ter their trip to Euro Dis­ney partly funded by the com­mu­nity.

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