Former Olympian and grieving mum Lisa Curry has delivered an inspiring New Year’s message, vowing to use her pain and help others struggling with loss.
“This year has given us more pain than we can bear. More tears have flowed than all years before this,” she wrote to her Instagram followers.
Curry and former husband Grant Kenny lost their adult daughter Jaimi to an undisclosed but long-term illness in September 2020.
She was just 33 years old when she died and Curry has shared her grief publicly with her social media followers.
The post was accompanied by pictures of the family saying goodbye Jaimi in an intimate gathering at the beach a few months ago.
“The tears will be used to water the seeds of hope for all people who struggle every single day,” Curry continued.
“Somehow, at sometime, this mess will turn into a message.
“Lessons will be learnt from loss…. and I will try and help you.”
In her New Year’s message the former international swimming champion also sent a heartfelt thankyou for the messages of support she has received over the past few months.
“To all the people that have lost a child and sent me and still send me countless messages of love and support, I want to thank you.
“People I don’t know and people I do,” Curry wrote.
While they included high-profile friends such as former prime minister John Howard, West Indian cricket legend Brian Lara and her fellow Olympians Dawn Fraser, Raylene Boyle, and Tracey Wickham, others were ordinary members of the public.
“Strangers who have sent me letters or hugged me in the butcher, the grocery store, on the streets – famous or not – just people who care,” Curry wrote.
“Heather and Sue from Melbourne who sent me a Bunnings voucher to use for Jaimi’s garden, so thoughtful, and Sandra who did the same,” Curry wrote.