Nearly five weeks after losing her husband, Sean Pickwell, to terminal liver cancer, Robin Bailey is ready to talk about her immense loss.
“I’ve never been loved like that before, and neither had he, and for whatever reason, I was the person to take him on that journey. I know that,” she said.
“It’s just that, we prepared so much for his death, we just didn’t prepare for my life afterwards.”
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After being diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2017, Pickwell passed away on September 26, 2019. Six days prior, Bailey left her role as the radio host of The Big Breakfast in order to spend more time with her husband, who she married in November, 2018. His death came five years after her first husband, and the father of her three children, Tony Smart, died by suicide.
“We spent a fair bit of time searching for, or believing there was going to be some cures – medical or alternative – and we’re not saying that doesn’t work for some people but he has gotten to a critical point in his journey,” she told The Courier Mail at the time.
“This last week was tough and I thought ‘nope, that was it’. I hope this is a miracle and he is here next year, but I need to spend time with my husband and not feel bad about the juggle.”
Reflecting on his disease, Bailey said supporting Pickwell through the final stages of his life gave them both a deeper appreciation for their time together.
“I will say that you get this amazing chance to value life,” she told Gardner.
“There’s nothing I would change. I mean I wish he was here, but cancer also gave us the ability to just grab life by the hands and just shake it.”