Lisa Curry has revealed her daughter Jaimi’s last wish in an emotional interview.
The Australian swimming champion is candid about Jaimi’s battle with anorexia and alcohol addiction, in an article in the Australian Women’s Weekly†
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Curry, 60, said her daughter had wanted to write a book to help others struggling with the same issues but never had the chance.
Jaimi Kenny died in September 2020, aged 33, after an 18-year battle with addiction and an eating disorder.
“Jaimi wanted to write a book to help others, but it was too late. We left it too late,” her mother said.
“But I hope that by being honest and knowing that Jaimi wanted to help others, we can help one way or another, in a small way.”
Curry still struggles with the unbearable loss of her daughter.
But she says she still has a lot to live for, with two other children — daughter Morgan, 31, and son Jett, 28 — for former husband Grant Kenny.
She also adores her three grandchildren – Morgan’s young sons Flynn, Taj and baby boy Kit.
Lisa Curry married Grant Kenny in 1984 and they separated in 2009.
She has been married to Elvis impersonator Mark Tabone since 2018.
“We don’t know how strong we are until strong is all we have,” Curry said of the nearly two years since Jaimi’s death.
“In my bad days I have Mark. And I get super nervous when he’s not there.
“I have Mark to fall back on.”
Curry recently released a memoir, Lisa: 60 years of life, love and loss.
In it, she recounts the highs and lows of her successful swimming career, but also confronts Jaimi’s illness and death.
“People need to understand that if they have an eating disorder or some kind of addiction, it won’t kill you right away,” she told the paper. Women’s Weekly†
“It will kill you over time. It kills you slowly.
“And it might surprise you when you finally reach the end.
“But if you keep doing that to yourself, there’s only one inevitable end.”
Curry now tries to find joy in small things.
“For me, I want to try to organize my life in such a way that the grandkids like going to Grandma’s house because it’s a nice place to go,” she said.
“Having the children and grandchildren around me is always a dream of mine.
“To sit in the rocking chair when I’m 90 and tell all the kids all the stories.”
If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder or body image problem, contact The Butterfly Foundation.
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