Tribute to mum, can­cer ad­vo­cate

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Cas Gar­vey cas.gar­vey@dai­ly­mer­cury.com.au

MOTHER of three and breast can­cer ad­vo­cate Nyrie Con­tor lost her fight with can­cer on Fri­day af­ter­noon.

Her Face­book page, Save my Sis­ter Nyrie, run by her sis­ter Vhari who lives in the Whit­sun­days, an­nounced late on Fri­day that the much-loved mum had died.

“It is with great sad­ness that Nyrie’s fight with Can­cer ended to­day at 3.45pm. Nyrie is sur­vived by Asher and Brynn (twins 5) and Hud­son (10) with Hus­band, Wayde Con­tor,” the post read.

“Nyrie was a strong lady that fought and loved to the end. Un­der­stand­ably fam­ily and friends are in grief.”

In March, 43-year-old Nyrie dis­cov­ered the breast and bone can­cer she had been bat­tling for five years had spread into her liver and lungs.

The pop­u­lar Mackay school­teacher had to pack up her fam­ily and move to Ade­laide to ac­cess in-home pal­lia­tive care sup­port.

“I was dev­as­tated -–I was think­ing ‘Am I go­ing to be here for the kids?’,” Ms Con­tor said of hear­ing the news in late Jan­uary.

“It was just hor­rific. When can­cer goes into your bones and or­gans it is a ter­mi­nal di­ag­no­sis.”

Nyrie had been post­ing reg­u­lar up­dates via her Face­book page, and on June 3 posted about los­ing some close friends to can­cer.

“I must keep go­ing though. Some days it’s such hard work but I’m so lucky to have great par­ents and re­la­tions here who are sup­port­ive,” Nyrie posted.

She spoke about meet­ing her pal­lia­tive care nurse and about how her can­cer is af­fect­ing her three chil­dren.

“They are so lit­tle, I don’t want them to hate hos­pi­tals, I want them to see that death can be dig­ni­fied,” Nyrie said.

She posted that spend­ing time with her fam­ily was “what it’s all about now” as she made the most of ev­ery day she had left.

On July 6, at 5.42pm, Nyrie posted her last mes­sage on Face­book: “Try­ing to rest. Disori­ented to­day!! In home pal­lia­tive care. Some weird thoughts!” she said.

The next af­ter­noon, she passed away sur­rounded by her fam­ily.

PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

WELL LOVED: Nyrie and Wayde Con­tor with their chil­dren Asher, Hud­son and Brynn.

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