Tragedy as active young mum, 38, dies of an aggressive strain of cancer after a four-year battle – leaving her husband and two children completely devastated – as the sign that doctors missed is revealed
- Young mother, 38, has tragically lost her life after battling cancer for four years
- Doctors at first mistook symptoms for fatigue caused by strain of motherhood
- Took months for Cairns yoga instructor Jody Vallely to be diagnosed with cancer
- US-born mother fought illness for three years to be around for young children
A young mother has died at the age of 38 after contracting an aggressive form of cancer doctors had for months mistaken for fatigue.
Active Cairns mother-of-two and yoga instructor Jody Vallely lost her close to four-year battle with lung cancer on September 23.
Ms Vallely was first diagnosed with the illness in December 2016 and was told she may only live for another three months.
But the US-born mother to Will, five, and Olivia, three, fought to be there for her children during their early years – only succumbing to the cancer after it spread to her brain and other parts of her body.
Jody Vallely pictured with her husband Dan and children Olivia, three, and Will, five. The mother-of-two lost her close to four-year battle with lung cancer on September 23
Ms Vallely – who moved to Australia to be with her husband Dan – (pictured together) was first diagnosed with the illness in December 2016
Ms Vallely went to her doctor in July 2016 complaining of lumps she found in her neck, but the fit and healthy mum was told they were caused by the daily grind of raising young children.
After marrying her husband Dan Vallely in September of that year, the former ballet dancer went to a chiropractor with back pain – and it was only then the mass on her lungs was detected by an X-ray.
Sister-in-law Kristy Vallely said her relative soldiered on valiantly through her honeymoon in Europe and to be around for her children.
‘Her whole focus was her children and her husband – I reckon that’s what made her fight so hard to be here,’ the sister-in-law told Daily Mail Australia.
Ms Vallely soldiered on valiantly through her honeymoon in Europe and to be around for her children
‘She was an inspiration because she really missed her family in the US but she followed her dream of marrying her husband and having children and starting a new life.
‘She never gave up, and fought to the end to stay with her loved ones.’
Ms Vallely met her future husband in Palm Beach, Florida while he was working as a travelling engineer on luxury yachts and moved to Australia in 2012.
‘From 2012 she made a huge network of friends and people who followed her through her work as a yoga teacher,’ the relative said.
Ms Vallely pictured with her husband. ‘Her whole focus was her children and her husband – I reckon that’s what made her fight so hard to be here,’ the sister-in-law said
‘She was very health conscious and a huge advocate for healthy living.
‘Ballet dancers have quite a high threshold for pain so I wonder if that may have been the reason why the cancer wasn’t picked up earlier.’
She said if doctors had picked up the cancer earlier, Ms Vallely may still be alive today.
Well-wishers – joined by family and friends watching on live-stream from the US due to COVID-19 – will farewell the young mother at a funeral service on Wednesday.