The former Olympic swimmer appeared on the Channel Seven breakfast show to discuss her new book, Lisa: 60 Years of Life, Love and Loss on Tuesday.
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The 59-year-old spoke to hosts Natalie Barr and Michael Usher about the incredible highs and lows in her life, including the death of her daughter, Jaimi Kenny.
The daughter of Lisa and fellow sporting legend Grant Kenny had battled an eating disorder and alcohol addiction prior to her tragic death in 2020 aged just 33.
“Writing the book was really hard because I started it at a time when I didn’t even want to get out of bed,” Lisa revealed.
“For the past 19 years now, even though we look like we’re having fun and we’re doing great things, in the background it was terribly hard every single day.”
Lisa said the memoir “encompasses absolutely everything” about her life, from her impressive sporting successes to “the greatest loss of all, family members”.
In an emotional admission, Lisa said that Jaimi had hoped to tell her story in a book of her own “to help others in her position”, but sadly she did not get the chance.
“We had lined up a friend of mine who is a journalist to sit with Jaimi to write the book, but we left it too late,” the mother of three said.
“We always thought we had time, but we didn’t.
“In my small way I hope I’m helping people and even, you know, I haven’t been able to talk about it, but I can write about it,” Lisa said through tears.
Lisa could not contain her emotion as she touched on the response she has received from followers online about the book.
“I had a message from a lady on social media and she said she said she told her daughter about what happened to Jaimi and her daughter is now on the road to recovery,” she recounted.
“She said ‘it won’t mend your heart or bring Jaimi back, but it’s helped save another child.'”
Lisa said she was being open and honest about her daughter’s death “so there’s no stigma about it and people can feel OK about talking about their feelings and their mental health and not coping”.
“Hopefully we can start to find the red flags a lot earlier,” she added.
Lisa said while the book does touch on Jaimi’s death, it is primarily about her own incredible life as an athlete, businesswoman, wife, friend and mother.
“All of those lessons I’ve learned I talk about in the book – and you can apply them to anything in your life.”