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Olympian Lisa Curry has opened up about the “red flags” she saw in her daughter Jaimi Kenny in the years before her tragic death last month, urging people not to ignore their own.
Jaimi Kenny died at the age of 33 after a lengthy health battle, and on Monday Lisa took to social media to reveal her daughter had been diagnosed with a ‘chemical imbalance’.
“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.”
Lisa Curry and Grant Kenny announced the tragic the death of their daughter in a statement published by The Courier Mail last month.
“Jaimi will forever be remembered as a caring, bright and loving soul who always put others before herself,” the statement read.
“Our hearts are broken and the pain is immense but we must move forward cherishing every wonderful moment we got to share with our treasured first child.”
A day later, Lisa shared her own emotional tribute to her late daughter, describing the loss as ‘unbearable’.
“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,” she posted on Instagram.
Mental health support for yourself or a loved one can be found by calling Lifeline on 13 11 14, Mensline on 1300 789 978, or Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800. Online support is available via Beyond Blue.