Tragedy as beauty influencer dies age 28 after ‘brutal’ fight with melanoma: Read her heartbreaking last message from palliative care – and the lesson for life: ‘Time moves like a river’
- Natalie Fornasier passed away on January 14
- She was diagnosed with melanoma at age of 20
Popular Australian writer Natalie Fornasier has died at the age of 28 after battling melanoma
Popular Australian writer Natalie Fornasier has died at the age of 28 after battling melanoma.
Ms Fornasier, from Sydney, passed away on January 14.
She was diagnosed with stage III metastatic melanoma at the age of 20 and in recent years had dedicated her life to raising awareness of the dangers of skin cancer.
Her skin cancer diagnosis came about after she noticed a mole on her toe had changed shape.
In December she told her 35,000 Instagram followers her cancer had become terminal.
‘The last four months have been brutal. At the end of July, I received the news that my cancer was now terminal and had months left to live,’ she wrote.
‘I’ve cried myself hoarse about the fear of death. I’ve screamed for the children I would never have, growing old, my friends, the life I was supposed to live.
Ms Fornasier was able to walk down the aisle with her husband Alexander
The writer had dedicated her life to raising awareness about the dangers of skin cancer
The 28-year-old provided updates to her 35,000 followers about her cancer battle
‘At 28 years old… everything about it feels wrong. The conversations I’ve had to have, the plans I’ve had to make, the places my thoughts have gone and are still going – none of it is natural. It’s painful.
‘I’ve fallen into oblivion crying for (boyfriend) Alexander, the heartbreak, and the love I would be leaving – for the life we were supposed to have. I’ve cried for my family.
‘My one goal in life was to love. I’ve experienced a love that is all consuming – something so deeply precious and powerful and soul changing that I know that even though I’m leaving this earth, that energy and love will never die.’
Her final Instagram post from December 21 was of a bouquet of flowers she’d been given in palliative care.
‘Today marks four weeks in palliative care. It’s absurd it’s been that long – time is so fluid, it feels like none has gone by but the calendar says otherwise,’ she wrote.
Ms Fornasier detailed the simple things about her home she missed before detailing the severe toll her melanoma had taken on her body.
‘But I can no longer walk without aids, my legs are filled with fluid, my whole body aches 24/7 and the tumour burden is intense,’ she wrote.
‘My pain is increasing slowly, day by day I can feel my body slow just that little bit more which is such a bizarre thing to witness – especially when you can physically feel it too.
‘However these yellow tinged walls with creaky old doors is the best place for me to be – it’s safe (and fully stocked with all the meds I need!).
‘People often misunderstand palliative care and what it means – but basically the weight of medical care is lifted off Alexander’s shoulders and looked after by nurses and doctors who want nothing but you to be pain free.’
Her final message was a reminder not to let life pass you by.
‘It’s one minute at a time for me right now – and I’m so thankful that, that is still a possibility. If my time here has taught me anything – it’s that time moves like a river,’ she said.
‘You’re unable to see the beginning or the end but you can feel it – so you better make the most of it.’
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