Lisa Curry has posted a heartbreaking tribute to her later daughter, Jaimi Kenny, asking: “what else I could have done to help?”.
The former Olympian’s 33-year-old daughter passed away in September after a battle with an unnamed long-term illness, with Lisa later revealing Jaimi had been diagnosed with a ‘chemical imbalance’ as a teenager.
“I miss my baby girl... it’s so quiet without her,” Lisa started her most recent Instagram post.
“Each day seems a bit of a burr but I get through it ... feeling empty.. it’s hard to even think.. my mind consumed as to what else I could have done to help…”
Lisa accompanied the words with a stunning photo of Jaimi, who can be seen in the snap wearing a black dress and smiling at the camera.
At the beginning of October, Lisa opened up about the ‘red flags’ she saw in Jaimi before her tragic death.
“I know people want to know why and how, but it’s not important at this time, or maybe ever, I don’t know,” she said in a post published in the Happy Hormones Facebook group.
Lisa, who starred on I’m a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! in 2017, said the diagnosis came 18 years ago, which is when they started to see some “tiny red flags”.
“Sometimes, an individual, even adults like us, can disregard little red flags, thinking it doesn’t matter or won’t matter,” Lisa’s post continued, urging people not to ignore the signs that she said could “add up to slowly erode your whole being”.
“To the point where you may only be existing and not really living,” she said.
The 58-year-old called some of the warning signs “life’s small neglects” - such as being inactive, being around toxic people, poor food choices, and how you interact with others.
“Don’t wait until it’s too late to make changes … do it now while you can … starting right now,” she said.
“Recognise the little red flags. Don’t live your life in turmoil, regret or guilt.”
In her emotional post, the mother said the whole situation still “doesn’t seem real”.
“We held Jaimi when she took her first breath and we held her as she took her last. I still can’t believe it, it doesn’t seem real,” she wrote.
“It’s given me the heaviest heart. Some days I can’t even get out of bed or function.”
After Jaimi’s death, Lisa took to Instagram to write: “I seem to be going through waves of different emotions, unbearable sadness to anger.... I’m usually the one strong one but now I’m leaning on others for strength ... so thank you.
Lisa announced the sad news of Jaimi’s passing on her Instagram on September 15th, saying: “Our hearts are completely broken. Our beautiful daughter Jaimi has lost her battle with a long-term illness and passed away peacefully in hospital yesterday morning with her loving family by her side.
“Jaimi will forever be remembered as a caring, bright and loving soul who always put others before herself. Her love of flowers, cooking, art, decorating, photography, babies, the beach, and helping others will always be remembered.
“Our hearts are broken and the pain is unbearable but we cherish every wonderful moment we got to share with our treasured and so loved first child.”
With extra reporting by Kristine Tarbert
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