1. “Enjoy the little moments”. Wife’s heartbreaking tribute to husband after his cystic fibrosis death.
"Enjoy the little moments."
That's the message 32-year-old Kaila Maartensz wants the world to know in the wake of her husband Matt's death after a lifelong battle with cystic fibrosis.
Theirs was a love story like no other: both were diagnosed with cystic fibrosis as babies, and met while being treated in Perth's Princess Margaret Hospital for Children. As adults, they fell in love.
In 2013, Kaila received a set of new lungs. A year later Matt received his own transplant and, in the same week, proposed to Kaila. They were married in 2015, Seven News reports.
But on December 5 last year, Matt was hospitalised, struggling to breathe and, a week later, doctors broke the heartbreaking news there was nothing more they could do.
Just two weeks ago, and two weeks after the pair celebrated their three year wedding anniversary, Matt passed away. Kaila has since shared a touching tribute to her late husband, detailing the important lessons she learned while watching "someone you love waste away before your eyes".
Things I’ve learnt over the past four months. If you want to travel, do it! Do it while you can and book the nicer room and bid on the flight upgrade if it’s possible to do so. But when you want to stay home do that too. If you want to sit on the couch all day watching Netflix, binge an entire series in a day. Laugh at yourself. But also don’t be afraid to cry. Stay up late and chat to your husband about every little thing on your mind. Don’t worry about having to get up early. You can catch up on the sleep. Enjoy the little moments. It’s something you have to be mindful of doing but the little moments are some of the most special ones. Don’t be glued to your phone but do take photos of all the memories. Take photos until your phone can’t hold anymore. And don’t forget to back them up! Eat the chocolate because it’s delicious but look after your body. It’s the only one you have. Tell people what you want them to know. Tell them you love them or that you’re proud of them or that you’re grateful for them. Tell them to leave you alone if you need to! Don’t wait for an occasion to buy someone a present. If you see something you know they’ll love, give it to them! Pat every dog you see. You’ll never regret patting a dog. Trust me. Celebrate your birthdays. Don’t be sad about getting older. The alternative is much worse. Breathe. I don’t think there are many people who don’t take breathing for granted. Once a day take a deep breath and realise how lucky you are. Don’t feel bad about doing what makes YOU feel good. Volunteer. If you honestly don’t have the time, donate to charity. It feels so incredible to help others. Turn off your alarm occasionally and have a sleep in. Especially with the person (or pet) that you love. Don’t overthink things that won’t matter at the end. Just surround yourself with people, animals and things that you love. Go to places that make you happy. Do things that bring you joy. And when I asked Matt what’s the one thing he’d change? Dance more. So dance. Whenever you can and however you want. And think of Matt while you’re dancing. ????