AFL star Jeremy Finlayson has shared a touching message in support of his wife Kellie as she begins a six-month round of chemotherapy.
Kellie, 28, has battled terminal cancer for more than two years and continues to deal with the ups and downs of living with the disease.
Tuesday marked the latest step in the journey as she completed her first day back in the chair for chemo.
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“Today we start another fight,” Jeremy wrote, sharing a smiling photo of Kellie and daughter Sophia.
“Myself and Sophia will always be with you through everything. We love you so much, you are such a strong and positive human. Love you.”
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Kellie took a light-hearted view of her predicament after taking a seat at the clinic where she will again become a regular.
“Scones with jam and cream really fitting the age demographic in the infusion suite,” she wrote.
“Good thing I also love my morning tea sweets.”
Jeremy’s message to Kellie on her first day of another round of chemotherapy. Credit: Instagram
But it wasn’t all smooth sailing on day one.
“One of my premeds is literally my anti-anxiety medication, which I rely on but I was too anxious this morning to even remember to bring it let alone take it beforehand,” Kellie shared.
“Welcome to my brain. I can’t even blame the chemo yet, lol wish me luck for the next six months.
“Had to send Jeremy on a medication mission so I could start my infusion.”
Kellie was diagnosed with cancer just three months after Sophia was born in 2021.
Chemotherapy, surgeries and numerous other treatments followed the revelation that her initial stage 3 diagnosis had been changed to stage 4.
Even regular scans have become a problem for her day-to-day life.
“Reminder that Insta is a highlight reel and while I do my best to post all the emotions a lot of what you see is how l intend to live my life,” Kellie said in October.
“Each day like it’s my last type thing.
“But this morning I am struggling to move further than the bathroom, not because of the lack of rectum, but because I still have 24 hours until I hear the results of my recent scan.
“THIS S*** is debilitating. I know I am doing ‘well’ but how well?! Ugh please don’t take your health for granted!!!”
The Finlayson family. Credit: Instagram
A month earlier she conceded she was “not out of the woods” yet despite a positive result.
“Obviously, with a terminal diagnosis, it’s not common for things to turn around as well as they have for me,” Kellie told The Morning Show.
“The chemotherapy and all the alternate therapies that I’ve been doing and putting myself through have worked, which is obviously fantastic.
“But we’re not out of the woods, and I’ve got to be realistic with the fact that I still have cancer and, although things aren’t spreading and things are getting better, I am still going through the emotions of what’s to come.”
Kellie said the longer the battle has gone on, the more it has felt like something of an out-of-body experience — which, in a strange way, has helped.
“It’s been 18 months of denial and the more we speak about it, the more it feels like we’re talking about someone else, which is the good thing about it because I can take my emotions out of it,” she said.
“It is hard; it’s hard to talk about it, but it’s also the reality of my life and it’s something that I want to do. I want to make sure that people know that the disease doesn’t discriminate and that anyone can get it, and the earlier you get it, the better chances you have.
“I think most people think any cancer is for older people, but bowel cancer in particular, it’s not a sexy disease that people want to talk about. You don’t hear about it in school, you hear about breast cancer or testicular cancer or skin cancer melanoma — you just don’t hear about bowel cancer, I certainly didn’t before I got diagnosed.”
Jeremy said the “rocky road” had taken its toll and affected his football career.
“I’ve tried to put a brave face on through everything,” he added.
“Just looking at how strong Kellie is and just trying to be her rock and just trying to put a smile on her face out on the football ground for her and Soph.”