Jodi and Nick had been happily together for 12 years in 2008 and were living in Vietnam with their two young children. They were having the time of their lives.
Nick was away working when Jodi rang complaining of constipation, abdominal pain and some bloating. The next morning, Jodi’s doctor recognised an obstruction in her bowel and ordered scans. Jodi had bowel cancer and the tumour had all but blocked her bowel. She was only 39 years old.
Just before midnight she was airlifted from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok for emergency surgery. The operation was very successful but three days later Nick and Jodi received the worst news possible – the cancer had spread to her lymph and liver. At best, she only had two years to live.
The hardest thing was telling their children Jack, 6, and Arabella, 4, that their mum was going to die. Jodi passed away on 16 January 2010.
Before Jodi’s diagnosis she was fit and healthy. She had no family history and no symptoms whatsoever, which is typical of bowel cancer. Her smile, sparkling eyes and wicked sense of humour drew people to her. She was a truly special person who gave so much of herself to others. She is deeply missed.
The saddest part of all is that Jodi’s story could have had a different outcome if her cancer had been detected early.