Tom Parker’s widow Kelsey has taken to Instagram to pay a heartbreaking tribute as she prepared for her son Bodhi’s second birthday.
The mum-of-two shared a touching montage of her late husband rocking their son when he was just a baby, admitting she’s “so sad” that her two children will miss most of their lives with their dad .
Tom died on March 30 at age 33 of stage four glioblastoma brain cancer at age 33 after being diagnosed with the disease in October 2020, just weeks before he and Kelsey welcomed their son into the world.
Touching: Tom Parker’s widow Kelsey took to Instagram to share a heartbreaking tribute as she prepared for her son Bodhi’s second birthday
Kelsey shared a touching montage of snaps of Tom playing with little Bodhi and his daughter Aurelia, three, as he battles his terminal cancer diagnosis.
In her caption, Kelsey reflected on realizing that this would be Bodhi’s first birthday since Tom’s death seven months earlier.
She captioned it: “Tomorrow is our little man’s birthday, another first without Tom here.”
“It felt tough today as I look back on the past two years and everything that has happened.
Difficult time: She shared a montage of her late husband cradling their children and admitted she feels ‘so sad’ that they will miss their life with their father
Family: Kelsey shared a touching montage of snaps of Tom playing with little Bodhi and his daughter Aurelia, three, as he battles his terminal cancer diagnosis
My kids are my reason for getting up every day and staying positive. But some days I feel so sad for them and what they will miss when their father is not here.
“When Tom was here, we made as many memories as we could and we always will, and I’ll always remind them how much their father loved them.
“Tomorrow is all about celebrating our boy, but right now it feels difficult. #PositiveParkersForever.’
Difficult: In her caption, Kelsey reflected on realizing this would be Bodhi’s first birthday since Tom’s death seven months earlier
Sweet: Another image showed Tom lovingly hugging their son while he was in the midst of his grueling battle with cancer
It comes after Kelsey recently broke down in a heartbreaking Instagram post as she revealed how she is coping with her grief following 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 must put on a brave face for their children.
Kelsey further described grief as a “roller coaster of emotions” and said brain cancer “torn their world to pieces.”
“I thought I’d jump on it, I’m having a bit of an emotional morning again,” Kelsey began in a clip.
‘Brain cancer has torn our world’: It comes after Kelsey recently broke down in tears during a heartbreaking Instagram post as she revealed how she is coping with her grief
“Um, this is all I can describe sadness as, it’s a rollercoaster of emotions, one day I wake up and I’m very, very happy and other days, like today, I just don’t wake up happy.”
“I feel so sad for my life and that of my children because all Tom wanted to do was be a husband and father and he didn’t get that opportunity and I want to create as much awareness for brain cancer as I can. ‘
She added: “It tore my world apart, our world apart and I have a morning… eventually I have to be a mother to my children now.”
Tragic: The Wanted star Tom died on March 30 at age 33 after battling stage four glioblastoma brain cancer
“Um, this is all I can describe sadness as, it’s a rollercoaster of emotions, one day I wake up and I’m really happy and other days like today I just don’t wake up happy,” she said.
Kelsey also shared a video on her Instagram page, which turned out 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 for Tom to share his story to help support this cause, and I am grateful to be able to continue this for him,” she wrote.
Kelsey burst into tears at the National Television Awards on Thursday night when a clip was shown from Tom’s documentary Inside My Head – which was nominated in the Best Authored Documentary category.
Inside My Head missed the gong after Kate Garraway’s Caring for Derek took home the award in that category.
But Kelsey said it was a chance to honor his legacy.
Overwhelmed: Kelsey burst into tears at the NTAs on Thursday as a clip was shown from Tom’s documentary Inside My Head
Kelsey’s husband Tom – who rose to fame in the band The Wanted – died on March 30 at age 33 of stage four glioblastoma brain cancer after being diagnosed with the disease in October 2020.
Kelsey posted an old photo of her and Tom on Friday, telling her 368k followers about the awards ceremony: “Just wanted to thank you for all your support and votes for the NTAs. My inbox is full of sweet messages.
“Yesterday was a big, overwhelming day. Walking the red carpet solo – another first without Tom. As always, I got my positivity up and went for it. Grateful to have Tom’s parents and the boys from The Wanted by my side.
“We may not have won, but we still have a chance to celebrate Tom’s legacy. Regardless of the outcome, he will always be our winner ❤️ #PositiveParkersForever.’
Always a winner: She took to Instagram on Friday after the awards ceremony and noted that while they didn’t win, it was a chance to ‘celebrate Tom’s legacy’
Kelsey recently revealed that she will be making an ITV documentary about grief and following her life since The Wanted star’s death from brain cancer.
Kelsey Parker: Life After Tom will see her cameras in her home allow her to follow her very personal journey of grief as she hopes to connect with people in similar situations, including other famous faces.
Throughout the six-part ITVBe series, Kelsey tries death cafes, grief yoga and other methods of coping with loss, exploring her grieving process as she tries to rebuild her life without her husband.
She revealed she is currently filming as she described it as a “rollercoaster ride,” but shared her hopes the series can help other people.
The documentary will unwaveringly look at bereavement and will confront death with compassion, empathy, emotional candor and some humor, it said.
WHAT IS GLIOBLASTOA BRAIN CANCER?
Glioblastoma is considered the most aggressive tumor that can form in the brain
Patients have a 10 percent chance of survival five years after their diagnosis, according to figures. The average life span is between 14 and 16 months
Three adults per 100,000 are affected by glioblastoma, says the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)
It is most commonly found in men ages 50 to 60, and there is no link between developing glioblastoma and having a history of other cancers.
The tumor is made up of a mass of cells that grows rapidly in the brain and in most cases patients have no family history of the disease
It doesn’t spread to other organs, but once diagnosed it’s nearly impossible to target, surgeons claim
Surgeons will only remove the tumor or part of the tumor if it does not damage the surrounding brain tissue
Patients typically complain of symptoms such as blurred vision, memory problems, dizziness and headache