Former Big Brother star Tully Smyth has lost her mother to dementia.
“At 4pm Monday the 1st of July our beloved mum… Dad’s beautiful girl, Kay, finally lost her 23 year long battle with early onset Alzheimer’s,” the 31-year-old wrote on social media.
“After spending the day lying side by side in the warmth of the sun, I told my mum how proud she would be.
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“How proud she would be of Dad, stepping up to the plate and raising three teenagers into intelligent, funny, thoughtful humans. How his loyalty and love had been unwavering,” she wrote.
“Then I finally let go of her hand, kissed her and whispered that she could let go if she wanted to. That it was okay. We’d be okay.”
On Tuesday night, the reality TV star posted a photo of herself holding her mum’s hand on Instagram.
“There is nothing worse than watching someone you love slowly disintegrate, feeling totally and utterly helpless,” she wrote under the picture.
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There is nothing worst than watching someone you love slowly disintegrate, feeling totally and utterly helpless. However whilst there was nothing we could have done for mum… there is something we can ALL do to help find a cure for this insidious disease. Dementia is currently the second leading cause of death in Australia. In fact it’s the number 1 cause of death for females in Australia. These stats are terrifying and there isn’t nearly enough being done in terms of researching the disease, finding a cause or cure and raising awareness. My brother @scottsmythau and 5 of his lovely (albeit hairy) friends are shaving their carefully curated beards off in an effort to raise money for @dementia_australia, in honour of our beautiful mum, Kay. It would mean the world… to myself, my family and all the other families dealing with dementia if you could donate using the link in my bio. I’ve felt so loved, received so many beautiful, supportive comments and if each of you donated JUST $1… we’d really be able to make a difference. ???? #YoungBloodSocialForGood #DementiaAustralia #Dementia