Lisa Curry has shared the dying wish of her daughter, Jaimi Kenny.
The former Olympian remembered the life and dreams of her beloved daughter during an interview with The Australian Women’s Weekly this week.
“Jaimi wanted to write a book to help others, but it was too late. We left it too late,” the 60-year-old told the magazine. “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.”
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The revelation comes almost two years after Jaimi’s death. In her memoir, Lisa: A Memoir – 60 Years of Life, Love & Loss, released in May, Curry revealed Jaimi battled personal demons prior to her tragic death in 2020, aged just 33.
While she remained by her daughter’s side until the end, Curry admitted to AWW that it was “exhausting” worrying about Jaimi over the years as she had to care for two other children: daughter Morgan, 31, and son Jett, 28, who she shares with ex-husband Grant Kenny.
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“You can’t live your life for one child. You have three children and they are all the world to you, and that’s why I have to be really conscious of my self-care, so that I can be there for them and the grandchildren,” Curry explained. “But bloody hell it’s hard. Morgan and Jett are really understanding.”
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In a previous interview with the Today show, the former gold medallist said it was important to share the good and bad of Jaimi’s life story to help others battling similar demons.
“Some people are struggling every single day. Their body, their mind, is screaming, but no-one is hearing. Then there is people like Jaimi who just can’t get through,” the grieving mum said on the program.
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“So it’s complex, it’s hideous, it’s upsetting, it’s overwhelming and I feel like there’s a hole in the medical system for people like Jaimi.”
But her spirit lives on and Curry finds solace knowing Jaimi’s spirit is still around.
“She’s never far away, you know. She’s always around, somehow,” Curry said on Today.
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