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Terry’s wife of 35 years may not be with him and their family today, however he’s doing everything he can to ensure her fighting spirit and the memories they created, live on.
Eight years ago his wife Gerry was told that she had stomach cancer and that it had metastasised throughout her body.
Terry said the diagnoses rocked their lives and so too did her death, only five weeks after receiving the devastating news.
“Since that day and the subsequent five weeks she remained with us, I have been on a roller coaster. I will never forget those life changing words that she had cancer and only weeks to live,” he said.
Understandably, Terry fell into a dark place, trying to come to terms with his loss and the thought of not having the love of his life with him through life’s ups and downs.
“I retreated to my own world by flying overseas away from family and friends on the first Christmas after Gerry’s passing to be by myself. I started writing about my experiences and feelings every day as a way of trying to cope,” Terry said.
But life does go on and Terry knew he needed a different focus, one that would also be meaningful and honour his late wife.
Each year, Terry has set himself a fitness challenge to “spend a day with Gerry” but this year’s is the ultimate goal—completing Climb for Cancer this Sunday 10 June, up 810 stairs of Waterfront Place; not just once, but eight times!
Funds raised from the event supports a range of important cancer research projects at Mater, into breast, ovarian and prostate cancers.
“Gerry wanted me to go out and show the world the man she loved; she had faith in me and she knew I was capable of doing so much more with my life.
“So I decided to do the Climb for Cancer challenge eight times which is 6480 stairs in Gerry’s honour.
“I’ve been focussing on fundraising and telling my story so I can hopefully show people that there is light after darkness.
“People with cancer, like Gerry, go through such physical and mental challenges but the challenge I have in front of me is nothing compared to this,” he said.
Terry lives by the mantra “you will never walk alone”.
“For anyone enduring cancer or any other life threatening illness, I know that having someone with you on the journey is so important. We may not be able to feel the pain and suffering but we can hold their hand and show them right to the end that they are loved,” he said.
A lot has happened for Terry over the past eight years.
He has since remarried, gained three more children and he now relishes in spending time with his four grandchildren.
Support Terry as he takes on his epic Climb for Cancer challenge by clicking here.