Jaimi lost her fight on September 14, 2020, passing away at the age of 33 with both her parents by her side. Tragically, Lisa also lost her mother Pat Curry earlier this year.
“It was very challenging to write about losing my beautiful daughter Jaimi and my mum – they were my bookends,” she says. “I’ve always found it incredibly difficult to talk about Jaimi, but have found at times it can be easier to write about my feelings,” she explains.
As she has “sifted through boxes” of her childhood memories and accolades, including her seven gold Commonwealth Games medals, to write the tome, Lisa realised just how special her life has been.
“I was able to see how lucky I have been to live such a big life,” she reveals. “I’m surrounded by so many people who love me and care about me, including my beautiful children and my husband Mark. I feel very fortunate to have made it to this stage,” she adds of her new life on a farm on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast with second husband Mark Tabone.
But it’s also taught the grandmother-of-two some important lessons.
“In the end it’s not about winning and medals, it’s about family and love,” she says. “You won’t always succeed, but by getting back up and trying again, you’ll end up being exactly where you’re meant to be.”
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