Over two years ago Kylies world started to change, her and her husband found out they had lost their beautiful little girl. They didn't know how they would tell their older daughter Sienna let alone how they were going to cope. Kylie and Nigel faced some heart-breaking moments which no one should have to face. Baby Alena was born sound asleep in August 2015.
Kylie and Nigel grew closer together and this made them become stronger at one of the hardest times of their lives. As they were grieving for their baby girl just after mothers' day Kylie and her family found out her Grandma Noela had got diagnosed with cancer. Kylie knew that I would be by her side through thick and thin. Watching my daughter going through this was one of the hardest things to watch. I could not do anything to help her, all I could do was to be there for her. Kylie and Nigel had their beautiful rainbow baby, Tia in January 2016. This was their little ray of sunshine everyone needed.
Kylie and Noela were more like best friends than anything else. Noela started chemotherapy which this became very confronting & hard for everyone too go through. As they were facing this, Nigel became ill. Nigel began to get severe headaches and started to not feel himself. Four months after the diagnoses with Noela, Nigel got diagnosed with brain cancer.
The fight became real with appointments, scans and then chemotherapy. Let alone many trips to hospital both in Melbourne and Ballarat. He had a major operation in Melbourne which they didn't know if this would be successful or not but this was the risk they were going to take to fight this illness.
Kylie became torn between her children, her nan and her husband. The girls needed her but she knew she needed to be with Noela and Nigel. This was extremely hard for Kylie, how could you choose?
In October 2017, Kylie and her family got the news that Noela wasn't going to be okay and she was ready to go enter the next chapter of her life. The family hadn't imagined their life without our dear mum, nan and partner. Kylie spent all day and all night by Noela's side. She had to fit in spending some time with her girls as well as making sure Nigel was okay. Noela passed away on the 7th of October with her loving family by her side.
Nigel made the funeral with the help of his walker and Steve his carer. This was a huge effort as Nigel was becoming frail and his mobility was decreasing rapidly. Kylie didn't know how she was going to cope without her nan as she spoke every day to her.
At the start to November Nigel & Kylie went in for the results from his recent MRI. They did not know what they were going to expect. The oncology team all met with Kylie and Nigel which they delivered the worst news possible. They told Kylie that Nigel's test had progressed extremely and there is nothing more the doctors can do for him.
They moved Nigel to palliative care and have given Nigel a few weeks to months. Kylie called me in serve shock of this news, she didnt think this was happening. He is only 41years old and the thought of him not seeing his girls grow up breaks my heart into pieces.
Kylie remained the strongest person during this time always being positive and putting on the brave face for everyone around.
Any money gratefully received will go straight into a trust fund for both Sienna and Tia. As they won't have their dad around to help any money will be gratefully appreciated.
Thank you for taking the time for reading this.
Katrina Fitzpatrick/ Smiley.
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