Tom Parker’s widow Kelsey has taken to Instagram to share a heartbreaking tribute as she prepared for her son Bodhi’s second birthday.
The mother-of-two shared a moving montage of her late husband cradling their son when he was just a baby, admitting she feels ‘so sad’ that her two children will miss out on spending most of their life with their dad.
Tom passed away from stage four glioblastoma brain cancer at the age of 33 on March 30 after being diagnosed with the illness in October 2020, just weeks before he and Kelsey welcomed their son into the world.
Moving: Tom Parker’s widow Kelsey has taken to Instagram to share a heartbreaking tribute as she prepared for her son Bodhi’s second birthday
Kelsey shared a touching montage of snaps featuring Tom playing with little Bodhi, and his daughter Aurelia, three, while in the midst of battling his terminal cancer diagnosis.
In her caption, Kelsey reflected on the realisation that this would be Bodhi’s first birthday since Tom’s death seven months earlier.
She penned the caption: ‘Tomorrow will be our little man’s birthday, another first without Tom here.’
‘It’s felt tough today reflecting over the last 2 years and all that has happened.
Hard time: She shared a montage of her late husband cradling their children, admitting she feels ‘so sad’ that they will miss out on spending their life with their dad
Family: Kelsey shared a touching montage of snaps featuring Tom playing with little Bodhi, and his daughter Aurelia, three, while in the midst of battling his terminal cancer diagnosis
‘My kids are my reason for getting up each day and keeping positive. But some days I feel so sad for them and what they will miss out on by not having their dad here.
‘When Tom was here we made as many memories as we possibly could and we will always have that, and I will always remind them how much their daddy loved them.
‘Tomorrow will be all about celebrating our boy but right now it feels hard. #PositiveParkersForever.’
Hard time: In her caption, Kelsey reflected on the realisation that this would be Bodhi’s first birthday since Tom’s death seven months earlier
Sweet: Another image showed Tom sweetly cuddling their baby son while in the midst of his gruelling cancer battle
It comes after Kelsey recently broke down in tears during a heartbreaking Instagram post as she revealed how she’s coping with her grief, after Tom’s death from brain cancer in March.
In a candid series of Instagram Stories she said she was having an ’emotional day’ and said that despite being in tears, she has to put on a brave face for their children.
Kelsey went on to describe grief as a ‘rollercoaster of emotions’ and said that brain cancer ‘tore their world apart’.
‘Just thought I’d jump on, I’m having a bit of an emotional morning again,’ Kelsey began in a clip.
‘Brain cancer tore our world apart’: It comes after Kelsey recently broke down in tears during a heartbreaking Instagram post as she revealed how she’s coping with her grief
‘Um this is all I can describe grief as, it’s a rollercoaster of emotions, one day I wake up and I’m really, really happy and other days like today, I wake up just not happy.’
‘I just feel so sad for my life and my kids’ life, because all Tom wanted to do was be a husband and dad and he didn’t get that opportunity and I want to raise as much awareness for brain cancer as I can.’
She added: ‘It tore my world apart, our world apart and having a morning… ultimately I’ve got to go and be a mum now for my children.’
Tragic: The Wanted star Tom died on March 30 at the age of 33 after battling stage four glioblastoma brain cancer
‘Um this is all I can describe grief as, it’s a rollercoaster of emotions, one day I wake up and I’m really, really happy and other days like today, I wake up just not happy,’ she said
Kelsey also shared a video on her Instagram page, which appeared to be from Tom’s documentary Inside My Head.
‘Our story, If you can, please support Stand Up to Cancer UK. It was so important to Tom to share his story to help support this cause, and I’m grateful to carry this on for him,’ she wrote.
Kelsey broke down in tears at the National Television Awards on Thursday night as a clip was shown from Tom’s documentary Inside My Head – which was nominated in the Best Authored Documentary category.
Inside My head missed out on winning the gong after Kate Garraway’s Caring for Derek scooped the prize in that category.
But Kelsey said it was a chance to honour his legacy.
Overwhelmed: Kelsey broke down in tears at the NTAs on Thursday as a clip was shown from Tom’s documentary Inside My Head
Kelsey’s husband Tom – who found fame in the band The Wanted – passed away from stage four glioblastoma brain cancer at the age of 33 on March 30 after being diagnosed with the illness in October 2020.
Posting an old snap of her and Tom on Friday, Kelsey detailed the awards evening to her 368k followers, penning: ‘Just wanted to say thank you for all your support & votes for the NTAs. My inbox is full with lovely messages.
‘Yesterday was a big, overwhelming day. Walking the red carpet solo – another first without Tom. As always I got my positivity on and went for it. Grateful to have had Tom’s parents and The Wanted boys by my side.
‘We may not have won but we still got a chance to celebrate Tom’s legacy. No matter the result he’ll always be our winner ❤️ #PositiveParkersForever.’
Always a winner: She took to Instagram on Friday following the awards bash, noting that while they didn’t win, it was a chance to ‘celebrate Tom’s legacy’
Kelsey recently revealed she will front an ITV documentary exploring grief and following her life since The Wanted star’s death from brain cancer.
Kelsey Parker: Life After Tom will see her allow cameras into her home to follow her very personal journey with grief as she hopes to connect with people in similar situations, including other famous faces.
Throughout the six-part ITVBe series, Kelsey try out death cafes, grief yoga and other methods of coming to terms with loss, exploring her bereavement as she tries to rebuild her life without her husband.
She revealed she is currently in the middle of filming as she described it as a ‘rollercoaster ride’ but shared her hope that the series can help other people.
The documentary will unflinchingly look at bereavement and will confront death with compassion, empathy, emotional frankness and some humour, according to a description.
WHAT IS GLIOBLASTOMA BRAIN CANCER?
Glioblastoma is considered the most aggressive tumor that can form in the brain
Patients have a 10 percent chance of surviving five years after their diagnosis, according to figures. The average lifespan is between 14 and 16 months
Three adults per every 100,000 will be struck down with a glioblastoma, says The American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)
It is most commonly found in men aged 50 to 60, and there is no link between developing glioblastoma and having a previous history with other cancers
The tumor is made up of a mass of cells growing quickly in the brain, and in most cases patients have no family history of the disease
It won’t spread to other organs, however, once it is diagnosed, it is nearly impossible to target, surgeons claim
Surgeons will only ever remove the tumor, or part of the tumor, if it won’t do any damage to the surrounding brain tissue
Patients typically complain of symptoms such as confused vision, trouble with memory, dizziness and headaches