Jordan Ablett has shared a heartbreaking tribute to her mother Trudy, who died from lung cancer earlier in the year.
Geelong legend Gary Ablett and his wife have endured a tough year, with the tragic passing of Jordan's mother compounded by news that the couple's baby boy Levi is battling a rare degenerative disease.
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Following the Cats' AFL grand final heartbreak - the last game in a glittering career for Gary Ablett - the family decided to unwind after a challenging year with a holiday in Queensland's picturesque Whitsundays.
Jordan posted a photo from one of the Whitsundays' iconic white-sanded beaches, with her and Levi cuddling on a beach towel underneath a beach umbrella.
Her next image was a lovely photo of a drawing in the sand with the touching message: "Mum. I love you."
She accompanied the beautiful pictures with an poignant message about the significance of the location.
“The last time I was on this beach was almost 7 years ago and it was with my mum and husband,” Jordan Ablett wrote.
“We were enjoying a picnic and spending quality time together.
“Always thinking of you.
“How special it is to now be sitting here with our son making new family memories.”
Jordan's mother Trudy died from lung cancer in August, with Gary taking time off from AFL midway through the season to be with his family.
Her mother's death has left a void in Jordan's life and she's spoken frequently about the impact her mother had on her life.
“The way in which you lived taught us girls how to weather the storms of life together—with great strength, courage, selflessness, love and faith,” Jordan Ablett wrote in September.
“I miss you so much and I think about you every single day and it’s so hard. No-one can ever replace a mother’s love and certainly not yours.”
2020 ‘really hard’ for Ablett family
Jordan opened up to Channel Nine last month about how challenging 2020 was for the family.
Coupled with her mother's death and the ongoing care around their son Levi's health condition, she admitted to being overwhelmed at times but hoped that the family could celebrate husband Gary bowing out of AFL as a champion again.
“It was really, really hard. Because the diagnosis came when mum was towards the end of her journey ... we just had a lot of things happen all at once,” Jordan said on Channel 9.
“So yeah, we are in this together and it is what it is. And yeah, we are just taking it day by day.”
The 34-year-old said despite the tragic nature of Levi's degenerative health condition, he remains a happy boy, with a bubbly personality.
“He’s doing well. He does have his challenges that we as a family are facing on a day-to-day basis,” Jordan said.
“But in saying that he’s so determined, and like you said, he’s just so smiley and has such a joy for life.”
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