Kellie Finlayson, the wife of Adelaide AFL star Jeremy Finlayson, has hit out at reports that she is cancer-free.
Because she is not – and the flood of well-wishers is creating a great deal of upset and anxiety in her household.
Finlayson was diagnosed with stage four bowel cancer in 2021 – usually terminal – just three months after giving birth to the couple’s first child Sophia and she has been on constant meg-blocks of chemotherapy since.
Improvement through the ultra-exhausting treatment has been occurring.
However, she wants to set the record straight.
Kellie Finlayson’s (pictured) brave battle with terminal cancer is on the improve, but the wife of AFL star Jeremy Finlayson says it is far from over
During a TV interview a week ago she openly and happily admitted the stage four diagnosis, following the chemo, had been restaged. In other words re-evaluated and its severity reduced but she is far from healed.
‘Unfortunately, some media outlets chose to share another narrative off the back of this interview, taking the best snippets of information and making it sound as if I was miraculously cured and cancer-free. This is absolutely not the case,’ she said in a statement to the press on Friday.
‘As you can imagine, upon seeing these stories I was inundated with friends and family calling to celebrate ‘my miracle’.
‘I have had to tell each and every one of them that my prognosis has not changed. I still have stage four colorectal cancer and I am not cancer-free.
‘This has been so incredibly traumatic for me, telling people over and over again that I still have terminal cancer.’
The brave mother did say that the cancer treatment is working but microscopic evidence of the deadly cancer cells still remains and they need aggressive treating.
During her prolonged and intense chemo treatment, waves of guilt have swept over her.
In happier, healthier times Kellie and her Adelaide Crows star husband Jeremy Finlayson in 2022
‘I constantly felt guilty for not being able to help with Sophia, I was suffering so much from reactions to the treatment, and I felt so sad that I couldn’t be with my family,’ she said.
‘They say my cancer may have been there for three or four years before I was diagnosed. Prior to my pregnancy I did have a few bowel troubles and I was booked in for a colonoscopy in April 2020 but unfortunately due to COVID all these surgeries got cancelled.
‘When I became pregnant with Sophia in November 2020 all my symptoms went away, so I never thought about it again.
‘In July 2022 my scans showed treatment had worked and I had no tumours left, although seven lymph nodes still showed microscopic cancer cells.
‘They could never say that I was cancer-free and in remission because of these seven lymph nodes but the surgeon was quite optimistic about my progress, and I felt hopeful for the future.’
No-one is able to see into the future, but the government’s severe reaction to the Covid pandemic which forced many elective surgeries into the abyss, may well have exacerbated her condition.
She wasn’t allowed to have her 2020 colonoscopy which, had she been able to, would have shown her desperate need for treatment.
As such the cancer metastasised in her because no treatment had been applied, eventually reaching the deadly Stage Four levels.
‘Last week [May 23], I did another round of chemotherapy which knocked me around as my body rejected the treatment. As a result, I was admitted to hospital for a night to recover,’ said Finlayson.
‘At the moment, I’m not sure whether we will be doing more chemotherapy.
‘However, over the coming weeks I will be starting targeted radiotherapy for the lesion in my lung. I’m still waiting to hear from my oncologist on that.
The Finlayson’s earlier this year with Kellie’s life-threatening cancer slowly being conquered
Kellie Finlayson (pictured) with her baby Sophia, has been forced back to treatment as seven microscopic cancer nodes have been discovered
‘I know I definitely have at least three weeks of radiotherapy every second day before another scan in July. In this scan, I will learn if my treatment has worked or if further treatment is required.’
So, while the constant rounds of severe treatment have improved her condition, Finlayson knows and wants others to know also, that she is not out of the woods.
The miracle cure has not occurred – as yet.
‘At the time of writing this, I’m happy to say my treatment is working well at this stage, and I am lucky enough to feel pretty good about 80 per cent of the time.
‘I believe that if the cancer consumes my mind, it’ll be a hell of a lot harder to overcome the disease, so I try to have a positive outlook and mindset.
‘I take every day as it comes and focus on being in the present, the here and now, and enjoying time with my daughter, my husband, and our families and friends.’
This post first appeared on Daily mail