Nicole Cooper: Mom’s last words after battling colon cancer

A 38-year-old mother has written a tragic but inspirational final message before she dies after a five-year battle with cancer.

Melbourne-based Nicole Cooper has shared her story at length since she was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2017 at the age of 33.

The message from the brave mother of a child after her death is about how she refused to let her illness define her.

“When it comes to wrapping up, cancer is not what I want to opt out of,” she wrote in a message shared on Instagram.

“Cancer is not what ‘wraps’ this family.

“Because really, the things that matter are the things we’ve built together for each of us: the shared respect, joy, compelling and insightful commitment, and unwavering authenticity to the true foundations of life.

“It is the fragility of this, the incomparable wholeness, the willingness to take any risk for this group, to truly declare that living in my most frightened and most vulnerable and weakest and most wonderful was worth it.

“Because I have to do it with all of you.

“That is the purpose of things.

“I conclude with that.

And I know you are all just beginning to stand up for us, every day, forever.”

The tearful message was released alongside pictures of Ms Cooper sharing a hug in her hospital bed with her husband and son Joshua, and a picture of the rest of her family by her side.

Ms. Cooper was diagnosed with the aggressive disease shortly after Joshua was born and has fought back bravely, even going into remission at one point.

Just a few weeks ago, she celebrated Christmas at home with her family, but on Boxing Day her health deteriorated and she was hospitalized.

Suffering from pneumonia, she later told loved ones that she “couldn’t breathe and now I can.”

Her hospital fight lasted until her last post on Tuesday.

Honors poured in from her friends.

Among them was AFL WAG Bec Judd, who wrote: “Oh Nic, the bravest, most inspirational person I know. I stand behind you and will forever love your family as much as I do you.”

Another friend, Marika Day, said: “This is heartbreaking. The most inspiring woman I know.

“I’m so glad I got to meet you. Your strength is like no other. Rest peacefully knowing that you have positively impacted the lives of everyone you knew. So much love for family x”

Lana Wilkinson added: “Heartbreaking to hear that. Heaven won an angel today. My deepest condolences to Tim, Josh and your beautiful family. I had the privilege of only knowing you briefly, your joie de vivre will always be with me.”

Originally posted as Mom’s heartbreaking last words after a five-year cancer battle

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