Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - Carly Cullen [email protected]­

BAT­TLING can­cer can flip your en­tire world up­side down, but one de­ter­mined mum didn’t let the di­ag­no­sis drag her down.

Jaime Rodgers, 36, was di­ag­nosed with in­va­sive breast can­cer in Jan­uary.

She has since had a dou­ble mas­tec­tomy, lymph-node clear­ance, six months of chemo­ther­apy, and five weeks of daily ra­di­a­tion — which she has just fin­ished.

The mother of two was told by doc­tors af­ter her dou­ble mas­tec­tomy she may never surf again.

Jaime was back rid­ing waves af­ter just two months.

She at­tributes her re­cov­ery on stay­ing fit and healthy at Goodlife Caloun­dra.

“I used to ex­er­cise be­fore­hand, and keep­ing that same part of my rou­tine re­ally helped,” she said.

“When I was hav­ing chemo some­times I felt re­ally sick, so I’d go to yoga for nerve pain.

“Yoga has a lot of sim­i­lar poses to surf­ing as well.”

For Jaime it was mind over mat­ter.

“So many peo­ple at the gym are mo­ti­vat­ing and pos­i­tive,” she said.

“I de­vel­oped some re­ally nice friend­ships with the girls and in­struc­tors there.”

Goodlife Caloun­dra in­struc­tor Belinda Symes said Jaime had been com­ing to her class for a year when she an­nounced the news.

“She al­ways came to the gym with a smile,” Belinda said.

“If I was hav­ing a down day, I’d see Jaime and knew I had noth­ing to com­plain about.

“We all think she’s pretty amaz­ing, I’m glad she’s got through.”

Jaime’s hair is grow­ing back and she’s now in the clear.

“I’ll do check-ups ev­ery six months. My skin’s still burnt but they said I’m can­cer free.”


BACK ON BOARD: Jaime rode out the wave of can­cer and is now en­joy­ing her time in surf and with her fam­ily.

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