I am a blogger, speaker, writer and have a successful website (www.jodiesjourney.com) where I discuss my on-going medical and health journey through Lymphoma. At first I started my blog, as a way of communicating to my friends and family without constantly repeating myself.
The journey has produced amazing opportunities and assisted many others along their own difficult path with illness and/or disability. You may be interested in covering my amazing story. (Call me anytime - Australia - 0437441367).
I have overcome massive difficulties to now become an independent health con sumer advocate, registered with the Consumers Forum of Australia. My blogs are located on www.jodiesjourney.com - influential people are reading my story, including Her Majesty The Queen, Her Excellency Quentin Bryce, Her Royal Highness The Crown Princess of Denmark (Mary Do naldson) and Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge (Kate Middleton) plus top Australian politicians, amongst a few. Every week, more people are hearing about my journey and the opportunities are becoming more and more exciting.
My story just knocks the socks of most people who read it. Delayed diagnosis of 11 months-21 doctors’ visits-7 doctors-1 frantic trip to the ER, 5 years fighting cancer x 2, discipline of my former GP by my state medical board, disability (spinal cord injury). Plus we have a gorgeous disabled daughter & another beautiful girl.
My husband and I raise 2 girls, (9 & 11) - one with special needs - at a special school. Women are attracted to my blog, due to the unique challenges I have been through, in order to raise my family, whilst dealing with illness and disability.
So far, I have endured 63 doses of chemo, radiotherapy and related treatments, to stay alive. My journey through Lymphoma and fighting blood cancer twice is what makes my blog so popular. Thousands visit my website every month and I have a strong 9,500+ following on FB, Twitter, MySpace and LinkedIn. Parts of my story have been broadcast on Channel 10/SBS Insight/Melbourne Age & published in the October edition of magazine - 'Women's Health & Fitness'. Plus a lot more radio and newsletter/paper features. The short form of my story has also just been published in a collection of stories from 11 inspiring Australian women. The book by 'Ark House Press' has just been released in all major bookstores in Australia & NZ and will be released in n the USA and UK in January/12. I am aiming to work more with the next political party t o shape legislation for more support for young cancer & Mum's with illness.
I do what I do - not for fame, but to raise awareness. I advocate for young cancer & women with illness & disability. I was diagnosed much t oo late and as a result now have a medical negligence caused disability. My case went all the way to the top of the Queensland Medical Board and my former GP was reprimanded as a result and then de-registered himself. I am still getting through my difficult situation and with the help of medicine and therapy and faith. I think the secret is making sure you take your lemons and turning them into lemonade. Instead of running away - run into it and make something great of your challenges.