Much-loved Australian golfer Jarrod Lyle has made the tough decision to end cancer treatment and begin palliative care.
The 36-year-old has been undergoing treatment for acute myeloid leukaemia, which returned for a third time last year.
Lyle’s wife Briony shared the heartbreaking news of her husband’s decision in an emotional post on Facebook overnight.
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“My heart breaks as I type this message,” she wrote.
“Earlier today Jarrod made the decision to stop active treatment and begin palliative care. He has given everything that he’s got to give, and his poor body cannot take anymore. We’ll be taking him closer to home in the next couple of days so he can finally leave the hospital.
“There is simply not enough time to get this message out to everyone individually, so for some of our really close friends and family I cannot apologise enough for breaking the news in this way.
“We have done our best to ‘control’ the narrative surrounding Jarrod’s illness and treatment, and as more and more people become involved in this final process I’m not sure how much longer this development will remain private.
“Jarrod knows he is loved, and the thousands of prayers and well wishes that have been sent his way have kept him going through some incredibly tough times. But he has reached his limit, and the docs have finally agreed that they can no longer strive for a positive outcome.
“My focus as of today is on our girls and doing whatever I can to get them through the challenges ahead. Jarrod will be closer to them very soon, and will spend as much time as he can with them.”
Messages of support have since flooded social media, with Gold Coast golfer and former World Number One Adam Scott among those sending their love to “one of the best blokes there is.”
“I can’t imagine being in that position; it’s unthinkable,” Scott said.
“He is one of the best blokes there is. Given all the difficulties he’s had since his late teens, he has lived the best life he could with the tough cards he has been dealt.
“He played such good golf while battling illness, he has been through it all.”
Scott praised Lyle’s infectious positivity.
“His positivity and general demeanour has been so good and so infectious on others; it’s a good way to think of how I should live my life,” he said.
“It shouldn’t have to have something like this to remember that’s what it’s all about.”
Lyle’s wife said “when it’s appropriate” she will post details of a memorial service.
“In the meantime we ask that you respect our privacy at this difficult time.”