The father of a mother of three who died of cancer last month has revealed he is devastated by the loss of his wife.
Shelley (no relation) died on March 3, two days after suffering a serious case of the rare type of cancer.
Her family has said she suffered from a rare form of the cancer, a form which causes lymphoma, which is fatal if left untreated.
It is not known how the family got the illness but Shelley’s brother, Shane, said she had been ill for many months and her family was desperate to find out.
He said she was suffering from the disease and that she would have wanted to have the treatment and have her children with her.
“She was a wonderful woman,” Shane said.
“She loved her family and she would always want to be a part of it.”
Shane said Shelley had always wanted to be an astronaut.
“I was in a relationship with her, but I never really thought of that in terms of marriage,” he said.
“We always thought it was a very romantic thing.”
But the more we knew about cancer, the more she started to get really sick, and then she was on the brink of dying, we knew something was seriously wrong.
“Sharing the heartbreaking news on social media, Shane said he would not let it go.”
This is a family tragedy and this is my life, and I just can’t let this go,” he wrote.”
Shelleys cancer was something I had to face and it was something that we had to deal with, and she died at the hands of this cancer.
“It was something we were going to live with for a long time.
It will be with us for the rest of our lives, I can’t imagine that.”
Her family is devastated, but we are the ones who are going to have to live the rest.
“Showing solidarity with Shelleys family, Shane posted on Facebook: “My heart goes out to all of the family and friends of the brave and hard working people in our community who are struggling with cancer and their loved ones.
Shanes brother Shane said Shelleys death had been a shock.””
We are all the better for this, and we are so grateful to have had a strong, loving and caring family to share this with.”
Shanes brother Shane said Shelleys death had been a shock.
“The way she was treated and the way she lived and the kind of person she was, it is just shocking,” he added.
Shane, who works as a carpenter in the area, said the family were trying to raise money for a charity which helps cancer patients, as well as for Shelleys funeral costs.
“Our whole family is grieving, it’s just heartbreaking,” he told the ABC.
“Everyone has been in a state of shock.
We just want to get her buried with her family.”
There are no words to express how hard we have been through this, we’ve had a lot of support from friends, family, friends, and people who are just like us.
“So to see a family go through this just blows my mind.”
Shelves family told the Herald they were heartbroken, with Shane telling the ABC the family had been trying to get answers for many years.
“What we have learnt from our family and from our own experiences, is that cancer is something that affects us all and it affects everyone in our family,” he continued.
“You can’t have a normal life with cancer, you can’t live a normal lifestyle, you cannot get married and have kids, you just can´t do anything.”
Shanley said the whole family was going through a lot, with Shel’s younger brother, Luke, suffering from cancer.
Luke, who has cerebral palsy, has had chemotherapy and is in a rehabilitation unit.
“He’s going through quite a bit of a time right now and he is still doing chemotherapy and I have been with him for a while,” Shane explained.
“My heart is broken for his family and for the people who have given us so much support.”
Shani said Shel had had some pretty challenging experiences, and was just as scared of cancer as her brother.
“A lot of her fears came true,” he shared.
“Her fears about her body, her fears about going through the day, her worries about what she was going to do with her life and her fear of going through that with her husband.”
That’s what we all go through, that’s what everyone goes through, and this was one of those moments.
“Shay, who is a teacher and has been a support worker with Shel for three years, said her life had been completely changed.”
When she got cancer, we just got to know each other more, and that was a real big change for us,” she said.