Jodie’s solo plunge

JODIE Car­lyon will tackle this week’s Rot­tnest Chan­nel Swim solo for the first time. She has raised more than $1000 for each kilo­me­tre of the tough trip.

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AU­BIN Grove res­i­dent Jodie Car­lyon is not one to shy away from a chal­lenge, or a tough de­ci­sion.

In 2013, the mar­ried mother of two was ad­vised she had 21 non-can­cer­ous lumps in her breasts.

She had surgery to re­move 16 of them, but within six months she was in­formed the lumps had grown back in big­ger num­bers.

She was of­fered a cou­ple of op­tions, but with con­cerns they might be hid­ing some­thing more sin­is­ter, Ms Car­lyon made the de­ci­sion to have a dou­ble mas­tec­tomy.

“My fi­nal de­ci­sion was made be­cause I couldn’t stand the thought of chanc­ing the on­go­ing surgery,” she said.

“To keep a check on all that was go­ing on I had to have an ul­tra­sound ev­ery six months.

“In the end I weighed it all up and the stress of won­der­ing how long it would be be­tween surg­eries and the worry of ‘what if a more wor­ri­some lump was hid­ing un­der those that I al­ready had’ wasn’t worth it.

“The best op­tion that I could see was to have the mas­tec­tomy.”

To­day, the Suc­cess Pri­mary School education as­sis­tant is in great health.

Her next quest is the Rot­tnest Chan­nel Swim, a 19.7km open wa­ter swim from Cottes­loe Beach to the pop­u­lar tourist is­land this Satur­day.

Ms Car­lyon has com­pleted the swim three times be­fore, but as part of a team.

“This will be my first solo cross­ing so my ex­pec­ta­tions aren’t too high,” she said.

“I keep say­ing I just want to touch the sand on the other side. I am very ex­cited and can’t be­lieve it is so close now.”

Lead­ing into the swim, Ms Car­lyon set her­self a goal to raise $20,000 for the McGrath Foun­da­tion; as of last week she had raised $20,700.

“I thought they were the most ap­pro­pri­ate cause be­cause they place care nurses,” she said.

To do­nate visit rot­tnest swim2016.ev­ery­day­hero.com/au/jodie-s-solo-cross­ing.

Pic­ture: Will Rus­sell www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d449929

Jodie Car­lyon will do the Rot­tnest Chan­nel Swim solo for a char­ity close to her heart.

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Jodie Car­lyon has raised $20,700 al­ready.

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