Lisa Curry says she’s not the same person amid grief of losing her mother Pat and daughter Jaim

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Tears will be shed on ABC’s Australia’s Story this week as Olympic swimmer Lisa Curry opens up about her recent family tragedies. 

The former athlete, 59, has been coping with excruciating grief after losing her daughter Jaimi in 2020 and subsequently her mother Pat in April this year. 

In a preview for the interview published by ABC News, Lisa said she’s been fundamentally changed by grief, admitting: ‘I just don’t feel like the same person anymore. It’s like your soul has changed.’ 

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'I just don't feel like the same person anymore': Lisa Curry, 59, has spoken of her unbearable grief after the death of her mother Pat and daughter Jaimi in a preview for her interview with ABC's Australian Story on Monday night. Lisa is pictured in an Australian Story promo

‘I just don’t feel like the same person anymore’: Lisa Curry, 59, has spoken of her unbearable grief after the death of her mother Pat and daughter Jaimi in a preview for her interview with ABC’s Australian Story on Monday night. Lisa is pictured in an Australian Story promo 

‘I don’t know if I will get the old Lisa back. I hope so,’ she later added. 

The swimmer also revealed she’s developed a new outlook on life after losing Jaimi and Pat – who she lovingly describes as her ‘bookends’.

‘It’s not about the medals, it’s not about records, it’s not about success and failure. It’s about family, it’s about love,’ she says. 

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Loss: The former athlete has been coping with excruciating grief after losing her daughter Jaimi (left) in 2020 and subsequently her mother Pat (right) in April this year

Loss: The former athlete has been coping with excruciating grief after losing her daughter Jaimi (left) in 2020 and subsequently her mother Pat (right) in April this year 

Jaimi, who Lisa shared with former Ironman and Olympic bronze medal winner Grant Kenny, died in September 2020 at age 33 after a lengthy battle with anorexia and alcoholism.

‘[My family] didn’t have the education to pick up on red flags, signals or triggers. We just didn’t know,’ she said of Jaime’s health battle in the preview for her Australian Story interview.

‘I’m still in the state where I am still trying to work it out because I can’t work it out. And it’s annoying me, because if I can help someone else, if I can say, ‘Here’s something that I’ve learnt’, it might help another family’s kid, but I can’t seem to do it,’ she lamented. 

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'It's not about the medals... it's about family': The swimmer also revealed she's developed a new outlook on life after losing Jaimi and Pat - who she lovingly describes as her 'bookends'

‘It’s not about the medals… it’s about family’: The swimmer also revealed she’s developed a new outlook on life after losing Jaimi and Pat – who she lovingly describes as her ‘bookends’

‘If I knew the answers, I’d be shouting it to the world,’ she added. 

Lisa’s interview with Australian Story will airs Monday 8pm on ABCTV. 

It comes after the Ironwoman told this week issue of Stellar magazine that her recent family tragedies left her with thoughts of self harm. 

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Heartbreaking: Jaimi, who Lisa shared with former Ironman and Olympic bronze medal winner Grant Kenny, died in September 2020 at age 33 after a lengthy battle with anorexia and alcoholism

Heartbreaking: Jaimi, who Lisa shared with former Ironman and Olympic bronze medal winner Grant Kenny, died in September 2020 at age 33 after a lengthy battle with anorexia and alcoholism  

‘I would never have done what I thought, I would never have followed through [with] what I was thinking, but they were thoughts, and it surprised me that I would even have thoughts of harming myself,’ she said. 

‘I was just in so much pain and it’s hard for that pain to ever go away. It just never went away. 

‘So I can kind of understand people in Jaimi’s position, or with their own mental health concerns, when they go through this every single day. It must be a terrible way to live’. 

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Pain: It comes after the Ironwoman told this week's issue of Stellar magazine that she had thoughts of self harm after the death of her daughter. 'I was just in so much pain and it's hard for that pain to ever go away. It just never went away,' she said

Pain: It comes after the Ironwoman told this week’s issue of Stellar magazine that she had thoughts of self harm after the death of her daughter. ‘I was just in so much pain and it’s hard for that pain to ever go away. It just never went away,’ she said 

Lisa lost her mother, Pat, in April, and the mounting tragedy left her feeling adrift. 

‘My bookends have gone. Every time I’m in the car, their photos come up on the screen – my favourites who I would ring all the time,’ she said. 

‘I get in the car and think, I’ll ring Mum. ‘Oh, hang on, Mum isn’t there anymore.’ It was a habit, a daily routine when I got in the car to drive to the coast – that’s when I’d ring Mum. And before that it used to be when I would ring Jaimi’.

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Battle: 'I would never have followed through [with] what I was thinking, but they were thoughts, and it surprised me that I would even have thoughts of harming myself,' she said. Pictured with Jaimi

Battle: ‘I would never have followed through [with] what I was thinking, but they were thoughts, and it surprised me that I would even have thoughts of harming myself,’ she said. Pictured with Jaimi

Jaimi, who Lisa shared with former Ironman and Olympic bronze medal winner Grant Kenny, died in September 2020 at age 33 after a lengthy illness. 

She was receiving treatment for an eating disorder at the time of her passing. 

Lisa shared the sad news she had lost her mother Pat at age 86 in April this year.

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Devastating: Lisa shared the sad news she had lost her mother Pat at age 86 in April this year

Devastating: Lisa shared the sad news she had lost her mother Pat at age 86 in April this year 

‘Our beautiful mum slipped away peacefully this morning,’ Lisa told her Instagram followers at the time, before adding, ‘My heart is broken again.’

Lisa explained that she’d spent some tender moments with her mum in her final hours, as she and her sister Melanie awaited the arrival of their brother Scott from Berlin.

‘We shared some last laughs, memories and lots of tears,’ she wrote. ‘Thank you for being a wonderful mother. Have a nice, long sleep mum. We love you so much and we’ll all miss you.’

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Family: Lisa is pictured with her son Jett (left), daughter Morgan (right) and her grandson Flynn

Family: Lisa is pictured with her son Jett (left), daughter Morgan (right) and her grandson Flynn

Lisa and Grant married in 1984, separated in 2009 and share three children including Jaimi, son Jett, 28, and daughter Morgan, 31.

The former athlete walked down the aisle with her current husband Mark Tabone in 2018. 

In need of support? Contact Gotcha4Life, Lifeline on 13 11 14, Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636 or Kid’s Helpline on 1800 55 1800 

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Empathy: 'I can kind of understand people in Jaimi's position, or with their own mental health concerns, when they go through this every single day. It must be a terrible way to live,' Lisa added

Empathy: ‘I can kind of understand people in Jaimi’s position, or with their own mental health concerns, when they go through this every single day. It must be a terrible way to live,’ Lisa added

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