WHEN Jodi-Ann Goulter was confined to isolation in a Hong Kong hospital, all she wanted was to hear her boys laugh.
Yesterday, the Sunshine Coast mum pushed her three boys on a tyre swing at the Mooloolaba Spit, their laughter growing with every sway.
The last time the Daily caught up with Jodi-Ann, she was fighting a rare and aggressive form of cancer, angio sarcoma, carried by blood.
But yesterday, during her annual visit back home, she celebrated two years cancer free and almost a month drug free.
"I'm feeling really elated. On June 10, my oncologist took me off all my chemo drugs," she said.
"That was the first time in three years I've been drug free. I've gone down from nine pills a day to one vitamin.
"It's a nervous time. I've been using that as a crutch, hoping that's what's keeping the cancer at bay, but he said he wants to know if my body can fight it as well.
"I've got side effects from the drugs I'm on and because what they're using is a trial drug, used for liver, they don't know if it's keeping it at bay and don't know what the side effects are long term."
It's a fear Jodi-Ann learnt to deal with as there was no cure to her cancer and even while on chemotherapy, no guarantee it wouldn't come back.
"My oncologist has told me on several occasions that I'm a miracle. He's astounded the things he's done have worked," she said.
Despite the successful treatment, Jodi-Ann credits her loving family for her good health.
"My husband and my three kids were what got me out of bed every day," she said.
"There's days when you just don't want to participate.
"I got pneumonia really badly and at one point I didn't think I was coming out of hospital. Being in isolation is the loneliest thing ever. All I wanted was to hear their laughing and little feet.
"Just laying there thinking about that gives you the motivation to keep going. You think about them growing up without a mum and husband without a partner.
"They keep it real but they also bring a lot of joy to each day. It definitely helped with my recovery."
Jodi-Ann said she felt "very loved, very lucky and am counting my blessings".
Yesterday, she raised money for the Make a Wish Foundation and brought some joy to children's lives with a visit from Kawana fire fighters and their 'big red truck'.
"Make a Wish is close to my heart because a cousin of mine, when I was younger, had leukaemia and a leg amputated and he went to Disneyland," she said.
"Like a lot of charities everyone's doing it tough."
Eleven years ago, Jodi-Ann moved to Hong Kong with her pilot husband Matt.
But the couple has plans to move back to the Coast when she is five years clear and in remission.
"It's a bit scary to leave my oncologist at this point," she said.