Lisa Curry has revealed her daughter Jaimi’s dying wish in an emotional interview.
The Aussie swimming champion has opened up on 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-long struggle 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 mum said.
“But I hope that by being honest and knowing that Jaimi wanted to help others, we can help in some way, in some small way.”
Curry is still struggling to come to terms 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 – to former husband Grant Kenny.
She also dots on 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’ve got,” Curry said of the almost two years since Jaimi’s passing.
“In my bad days, I have Mark. And I get super anxious when he’s not around.
“I’ve got 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 addiction of some sort, it doesn’t kill you straight away,” she told the Women’s Weekly.
“It kills you over time. It slowly kills you.
“And it might take you by surprise when you finally reach the end.
“But if you keep doing that to yourself, there is only one inevitable ending.”
Curry now tries to find joy in little things.
“For me, I want to try and set up my life so that the grandkids love going to Granny’s place, because it’s a fun place to go,” she said.
“Having the kids and grandkids around me is always a dream of mine.
“To be sitting in the rocking chair when I’m 90, telling all the kids all the stories.”
If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder or body image issues, please reach out to The Butterfly Foundation.
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