Tribute to mum, cancer advocate
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.
WELL LOVED: Nyrie and Wayde Contor with their children Asher, Hudson and Brynn.