Port Adelaide AFL star Jeremy Finlayson reveals wife Kellie Finlayson seeking alternative cancer treatment

Kellie Balaam
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Port Adelaide star Jeremy Finlayson, his wife Kellie and their daughter Sophia. Tom Huntley
Port Adelaide star Jeremy Finlayson, his wife Kellie and their daughter Sophia. Tom Huntley Credit: News Corp Australia

AFL star Jeremy Finlayson has revealed his wife is seeking alternative cancer treatments as she continues her battle with the insidious disease plaguing her bowel and lungs.

Kellie Finlayson has been fighting bowel and lung cancer for more than two years after she was diagnosed following the birth of her first child Sophia.

Following surgeries and chemotherapy, the 28-year-old’s initial stage three diagnosis worsened to stage four.

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Her husband and Port Adelaide forward shared that after starting another round of chemo in January, Kellie has now stopped the treatment, according to Daily Mail Australia.

The mother and social media influencer is reportedly putting her faith in alternative treatment routes.

Kellie has previously said that both chemotherapy and alternative therapies have worked to slow the spread of her cancer, which she said “100 per cent” robbed her of her first year of motherhood.

“I’ve gone into early menopause. Whether I can come back from that, I don’t know,” she said in March last year.

“That was honestly my biggest struggle, knowing that I may not give Sophia any siblings, which is so hard. We had always planned to have a big family.

“It’s just something that I always wanted. It was the hardest pill to swallow out of all the pills I’ve swallowed in the last 18 months.”

Earlier this month, Jeremy made headlines when he copped a three-week ban for using a homophobic slur at an Essendon player at Gather Round in Adelaide.

The remark was picked up on the on-field umpires’ microphones but the star ended up self-reporting the incident to the club and later apologised for his actions.

He has since expressed deep sorrow for the slur and says he is still struggling to sleep at night overcome with regret.

“Kellie’s fighting for her life and for this to happen to her too when she’s done nothing... She’s been more just supportive and we’ve talked about it a lot at home,’ he told The Age.

“We’ve explained it to our daughter and even though she’s only two she knows that Daddy is in trouble, that Daddy did something bad and that he used a naughty word. We need to keep explaining that to her as she grows up.

“Every day I wish I could take it all back.

“It’s hard to talk about even now, and I don’t know who I’ve hurt or how many people. I have family members who are gay and friends who are gay.”

“I’m an Indigenous boy, I know what it’s like to be hurt.

“I’ve reached out to them all to try to explain I just said something so wrong in the heat of the moment.”

Kellie has maintained a positive attitude towards life and hoped she could live a “long life” enjoying many special milestones including her daughter’s 21st birthday.

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