“Even after I am gone my fighting spirit, my legacy will live on!”
Nyrie Contor, a part time primary school teacher was living a perfect life with husband, Wayde and five-year-old son Hudson, while pregnant with twins. At 28 weeks pregnant, her life was turned upside down when she discovered a lump in her breast. She was diagnosed with stage 3 infiltrating ductal breast cancer.
Nyrie bravely decided to put her twins’ life first, delaying vital treatment until after she gave birth. Asher and Brynn were born healthy twins, and shortly after their births, Nyrie’s ovaries and fallopian tubes were removed in an attempt to stop the spread of cancer.
Nyrie began her intensive cancer treatment just three weeks after Asher and Brynn were born, she underwent chemotherapy, had two breast cancer surgeries, six weeks of radiation and hormone blocking therapy.
“I am reminded of my illness every day by my scars and I take medications each morning to control my disease. They have various unpleasant side effects I need to manage. I have bone pain daily which I manage mostly through being active and practicing meditation and yoga,” Nyrie said.
After courageously battling her disease for a number of years, now 42 years old, Nyrie began experiencing chest pain and pain in her right hip.
In January this year, doctors tested and confirmed Nyrie had stage 4 secondary breast cancer, which has unfortunately spread to her bones. She is now battling an incurable and terminal condition.
Nyrie’s drive to set a good example for her children pushes her towards her goals, including living the best quality life she can for the time she has left with her family.
“I think about the future but it does scare me because I don’t know how long I will be here for. I dream of seeing my children graduate from high school and start their own families but I know this may not be my reality,” Nyrie explained.
“Medical research is so important. Seeing the Basil Hetzel Institute’s (BHI) scientists and meeting Professor Andreas Evdokiou and Associate Professor Wendy Ingman and others who dedicate their time and have a genuine passion to end this complex disease is so heart-warming; they are such loving and caring people.
“They need all the support they can get to work on their research, it costs a lot but not doing the research costs so much more – in terms of loss of life and loved ones. It’s humbling to see such great scientists in action.”
Nyrie lives in hope that lifesaving research will help herself and other mums in her position, so they can be with their children, husband and to live a longer life with their families.
“This disease has such a profound effect on families. Advances in treatment and ultimately a cure would mean the world, quite literally, to us!”