A 28-year-old terminally ill woman has shared a heartbreaking update on confronting death at a young age as she continues to battle skin cancer in palliative care.
Sydney’s Natalie Fornasier shared with her 28,000 Instagrammers her devastating fear that she would “not make it” by Christmas.
“Today is four weeks in palliative care. It’s absurd that it’s been so long — time is so fluid, it feels like nothing has passed, but the calendar says otherwise,” she said.
“I miss my home incredibly – I miss my trinkets by the fireplace that sit nicely and my couch that basically swallows you up. i miss my kitchen I even miss the possums in the roof.
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“But I can no longer walk unaided, my legs are filled with fluid, my whole body hurts 24/7 and the tumor burden is enormous.
“My pain is slowly increasing, day by day I can feel my body slowing down a little bit more, which is so bizarre to watch – especially when you can also feel it physically.”
Ms Fornasier, who recently secretly married her longtime partner Alexander at her palliative care center, continued to share her love and gratitude for her healthcare professionals and husband.
“People often misunderstand palliative care and what it means – but at its core, the weight of medical care is being lifted off Alexander’s shoulders and being cared for by nurses and doctors who want nothing but you to be pain free.
“And boy am I thankful for a place that does that because Alexander has been my caregiver for five years and needs a little break.”
The post ends with advice to her loyal followers that life events are unpredictable and therefore “make the best of them”.
“Even if that means sleeping next to your loved one for hours while you’re together,” she said.
Originally posted as Dying Young Aussie shares a heartbreaking update on terminal cancer