Jodie Guerrero is a consumer advocate and creator of Jodie’s Journey, chronicling her incredible battle with incurable Follicular Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Her story has been featured in numerous Australian media outlets and she is a fierce advocate for women’s health and cancer research.
Jodie overcame massive difficulties to become an independent health consumer advocate, including 63 rounds of chemotherapy, radiation, and numerous related treatments to stay alive after a delayed diagnosis of 11 months.
Jodie’s journey through lymphoma and fighting blood cancer twice is chronicled in her blog, www.jodiesjourney.com, which is read by many influential people, including Her Majesty The Queen, The Governor-General of Australia: Her Excellency Quentin Bryce, Her Royal Highness The Crown Princess of Denmark (Mary Donaldson) and Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge (Kate Middleton), along with top politicians and world celebrities. Jodie approaches every opportunity to educate medical consumers from a positive standpoint, rather than a negative one. She tirelessly works to shape legislation to give more support for young cancer patients and mothers with illness.
Jodie’s story was recently published as a front cover feature story for Australia’s third highest selling weekly magazine. Parts of her story have been broadcast on Melbourne television and published in Women’s Health and Fitness, among many others. The short form of Jodie’s story has also been published in a collection of stories from eleven inspiring Australian women.
Jodie explains her life work: “I do what I do not for fame, but to raise awareness. I advocate for young cancer and women with illness and disability. I was diagnosed much too 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. I am still getting through my difficult situation and with the help of medicine and therapy. I think the secret is making sure you take your lemons and turning them into lemonade. Instead of running a way – run in to it and make something great of your challenges.”