MOTHER CONQUERS CANCER
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.