TWO years ago, Yarrabilba’s Jason Currie was told he would only have 5-6 months to live after receiving a brain cancer diagnosis.

Today, he’s an ultra-marathoner and ironman athlete.

In May 2020, Mr Currie went to see his GP for a check-up, after noticing changes to his handwriting, driving, memory, balance, and concentration. The doctor ordered an MRI, one that would change his life forever.

“Midway through, the radiographer gets my consent for the contrast and asks if my GP works Saturdays as it ‘would be good to see them today’. That’s never a good sign, as the radiographer is usually tight lipped until the radiologist’s report is written. Something was wrong,” Mr Currie said.

“After a conversation with the radiologist, my doctor delivered the news as best she could ‘go home, get your affairs in order. By that I mean grab your will, power of attorney, insurance details, pack a bag and head into hospital’.”

In hospital, Mr Currie was diagnosed with high-grade inoperable brain cancer with two visible tumours and was given 5-6 months to live. Quickly starting a course of radiation and chemotherapy, he was given a new prognosis of 6-10 years.

With a “second chance at life” Mr Currie decided to compete in a short triathlon just six weeks out of hospital (November 2020) and signed up for another in February 2021.

“I had done some trail and road marathons before my diagnosis, but nothing serious,” he said.

“After my surgery, I really started focusing on it and at the time I think it was from a bit of identity lose. The diagnosis changed a lot, my career, my health, and my family life. I couldn’t and still can’t work, so I had nothing to focus on and get my mind off things.”

“It’s given me a new look on life and an entirely different perspective to what’s important. I’m not interested in titles, status, or materialistic things – it’s about being presence, experiences and journeys.”

Mr Currie’s goal was to attempt 12 in 12, that’s 12 events in 12 months and he has just finished his 12th over the weekend – the Butter 24 Hour Ultra Track at the Gold Coast.

“I have 19 more on the list!” he said.

“I never thought I’d place in any of them, but I’ve been on the podium twice now – two 3rd places.”

He plans to do the Gold Coast Marathon Double (63.3km), Gold Coast Kokoda Challenge and Clint Eastwood Last One Standing (200km goal) in the coming months.

“I still struggle with my balance, coordination, and my confidence in high traffic and on road, so I try to focus on the longer races and ones with less technical turns or corners,” he said.

“In triathlons I find it hard passing or being near other competitors on their bikes, but I’m a lot faster now and I can just go past them,” he laughed.

Mr Currie’s condition is stable at the moment and being monitored.

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