Content Warning: this article deals with eating disorders, alcoholism and mental health, and may be triggering for some readers.
In a heartfelt display of remembrance, Australian swimming legend Lisa Curry has taken to social media to pay tribute to her late daughter, Jaimi, on what would have been her 36th birthday.
The emotional post touched the hearts of many, as friends, family, and fans rallied around Curry to offer support and share in the bittersweet celebration of Jaimi’s life.
Jaimi was only 33 years old when she tragically passed away in 2020 after reportedly suffering from a long health battle.
In a post on Instagram, Curry shared a series of beautiful photos to honour her daughter which included the reveal of a forearm tattoo of Jaimi.
“Happy birthday to my beautiful angel Jaimi,” she wrote.
“One of the things we always did was when we saw something really pretty, a flower, leaf, door, painted toes – whatever, we would always send a photo to each other. In honour of those moments I’ve set up a new insta page so I can post pretty and beautiful things just for Jaimi.
“It’s a place I can share photos, thoughts, and beautiful things, hoping it can help and bring joy, hope and awe to others, as that’s what I know she wanted.
“Happy 36th birthday my love. Always in my thoughts. Every sunrise, every sunset and everywhere in between. I miss you.”
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The post quickly garnered an outpouring of support and condolences from followers, who expressed their sympathy while wishing Jaimi a “happy heavenly birthday”.
“Happy birthday beautiful Jaimi, you have left a legacy in many of us,” one person wrote.
“Happy heavenly birthday. What a lovely tribute Lisa for Jaime even tho it brought tears!!!”
“Sending you my warmest hugs and strength. Take care Lisa xxxx,” another commented.
“Sending you so much love Lisa xx.”
Curry has been candid about her grief and the challenges she has faced since Jaimi’s passing. She has used her platform to raise awareness about mental health, offering solace to others who may be dealing with similar struggles.
In one of her latest posts, Curry opened up about the importance of persevering through personal anguish to support others.
“Get up, dress up, show up and do what you need to do no matter how hard it is,” she wrote.
“Today I spoke at the Nurses & Midwives Wellness Conference in Melbourne.
“My topic was Demonstrating Hope – on strength and navigating through crisis.
“A very difficult topic for me but each time I speak it does get a tiny bit easier. It’s still hard, and there were plenty of tears, but I knew I was safe in this conference and could be myself.
“I know I am not alone in walking this unimaginable path. Grief is a process we have to go through but over time healing starts to take place. At least I can laugh again. But I’m exhausted and my body aches. I feel like I’m in a hole and I just can’t get out. But each day the brave face goes on and I keep going.
“I have to remind myself: the crack is where the light starts to shine through.
“You don’t know how strong you are until that’s the only choice you have.
“A huge thank you to each and every nurse. You are so appreciated. You are living your life to help save others.
“When we are exhausted, overwhelmed, and our battery is at 1%. Take a breath. Look after your SELF Make the healthy choices. Everything will be ok.”
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