Samuel Johnson’s sister Connie won’t win her battle against cancer this time. The Australian actor talked about her losing battle with the disease that she had defeated twice so far. However, this time, it won’t be possible.
Connie Johnson was diagnosed with bone cancer when she was just 11. But, she was strong enough to win the battle. Things went on well for the next 11 years. When she was 22, Samuel Johnson’s sister was diagnosed with cancer again. This time, her womb was affected. It was no short of a miracle that she won the battle the second time as well. Moreover, she went on to have two kids with her husband.
Exactly 11 years passed. And, Connie Johnson was diagnosed with cancer again. At 33, Samuel’s sister was diagnosed with breast cancer this time. Even though doctors claimed that she would not live more than six months, she survived to the age of 40. However, Samuel revealed that she would not be able to beat cancer this time.
The Gold Logie winner revealed on Anh’s Brush with Fame that his sister would have to bid farewell to her kids. The 37-year-old actor said that Connie could not win this time, no matter how hard she tried.
“She’s at the part where there’s no good news.”
In an emotional revelation, Samuel Johnson said he was sick of the disease that had “indiscriminately” attacked his family. His sister, in her losing battle to cancer, has stopped having treatments. She now spends time with her family, away from public life.
Rainbows carry hefty pricetags, turns out.Thanks for showing me that life is what we make it to be. Thanks for teaching me that now can still be awesome, even when you’ve so nearly run out of now and have no more real awesome left. I wish I could soften your pain, or lessen your fear, or give you something tangible, but tangible clearly isn’t in season. I’m proud to walk you to the hardest part of the road. The end. The only part of the road in your life that must sadly be travelled alone. Chin up please, amidst the growing dark my girl. Shoulders back. Stand tall through that savage march, stand big and tall, dear sister, for you have lived a life to be proud of. You’ve loved well, and you’ve been loved well which is all that really matters in the end, I suspect. I won’t finish with I love you, though of course I do. I’ll finish with a simple thanks. Thanks for holding my hand along the way. It’s been a stunning fucking ride. I want another turn, for we’ve spent our lives taking turns, but cancer is greedier and stronger than us. For now. So Little Miss Connie Cottonsocks, I shall now again and proudly declare myself, very truly yours, Your ever grotty and very sad little brother, Sammy Seal. XX @samueljjohnson78
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Samuel Johnson vowed not to return to acting until his “Love Your Sister” campaign raised $10 million that would be spent for breast cancer research. The campaign raised $2 million earlier this year. According to 9News, the actor managed to raise $1.75 million, as he rode across the country on a unicycle.
In 2006, Samuel Johnson’s girlfriend Lainie took her life. According to him, it’s not true that people come to terms with their grief with time. At least, that’s not the case for him. He called it the biggest sadness of his life.
“You don’t always get as much of your loved ones as you want,” the Sydney Morning Herald quoted him as saying. “But you get them, don’t you?”
If you wish to donate to the “Love Your Sister” campaign, you can do so by visiting its official website.
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