A “beautiful, healthy and happy” mother-of-three has died just nine days after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer.
Elizabeth Kelly, 39, died on December 15 and is survived by her husband AJ and three children, Sienna, seven, and five-year-old twins Scarlett and Fletcher.
The mum, from Melbourne, started experiencing symptoms 16 days before her death and went to the doctor on December 6 thinking she had kidney stones.
It quickly became apparent that he was suffering from something far worse.
Cancer was found in his lungs, chest and spine, and soon spread to his brain and bones.
Sadly, four days after starting treatment, Mrs Kelly died.
Ms Kelly’s friend Russell Spear has started a GoFundMe to raise money to support her grieving family.
“Words cannot describe the impact of losing such an incredible woman,” he wrote.
“Grief is not a strong enough word for what we feel, but we mourn the loss of a daughter, a wife, a mother and a friend and for these three little children who will now have their mother only in their memories, hearts .and when they see the stars in the sky.
“Liz didn’t even get a chance to fight this, so we’re asking our friends to help AJ and the kids fight whatever comes next. To navigate through this tremendously difficult time without the ‘financial stress. Allowing AJ, Sienna, Fletcher and Scarlett to focus on their grief and healing as a family.
“With a reluctant agreement, AJ has allowed his friends to ask for your support. Support and give our friend and his 3 cheeky kids the breathing space to take care of each other after the most unfair events and heartbreaking.All money raised will go directly to AJ as he supports his family through the next chapter.
“We will be surrounding AJ and the kids to make sure Liz’s warmth, energy and personality shines through Sienna, Fletch and Scarlett. We love you Liz and you will forever be in our hearts.”
Spear told Yahoo News that Ms Kelly was a “beautiful, healthy woman” who was “vibrant and full of life”.
“She did all the right things: she ate well, rarely drank and exercised, but unfortunately this still happened. Cancer doesn’t discriminate,” he said.
Originally posted as ‘Healthy’, mum-of-three dies nine days after diagnosis