Carrie Bickmore has broken down in a heartbreaking interview on The Project with late Aussie golfer Jarrod Lyle’s widow, Briony Lyle.
The 38-year-old TV star fought to hold back tears as Briony recounted the moments before her beloved husband passed away last year at the age of 36, after battling with leukaemia.
One year after Jarrod made the decision to stop treatment and start palliative care, Briony has spoken about breaking the news to their two daughters, Lusi and Jemma.
“We made the decision to start palliative care and drove home early that morning and had to wait 'til Lusi woke up and I had to say to her that the medicine is not working and that daddy is going to die,” Briony said.
“It was immediate sadness for her, which I had never seen before.
“She walked into his hospital room which she had been into so many times before and just walked over and held his hand.
“In the corner of his room there is a little whiteboard and there is a section that said do you have any questions for the doctor? And she wrote ‘why isn’t the medicine working’?”
Jarrod died just eight days after stopping treatment, surrounded by his family and friends.
Briony’s story is particularly close to Carrie Bickmore’s heart, as she lost her husband, Greg Lange, in 2010 after a long battle with brain cancer.
The star, who welcomed 11-year-old son Ollie into the world with Greg, has previously spoken about being shocked and dumbfounded when the pair discovered Greg had a brain tumour in 2001.
“I just didn’t even know anyone who’d had cancer, I didn’t know anything about brain cancer and neither did he,” Carrie explained last year on ABC’s Anh’s Brush With Fame.
“It just completely threw everything we knew, everything we had planned, everything we thought, it just threw everything on its head. It was the start of an incredibly hard journey.”
When Anh asked if Greg ever spoke about the possibility of dying, Carrie said that wasn’t his focus.
“We didn’t speak a lot about what might happen,” she explained. “We were about hope and positivity.
“Sometimes you can be defined by diagnosis and that’s the wrong way to go because I think treatments change, science changes along the way and what you’re told one way can be completely different the next week.”
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