Tributes flow from across the globe for brave Talya
AN inspiration to so many others living with a terminal illness, Talya Goding lost her battle on Mother's Day.
She phoned her mother Tiana in the evening, after returning home from a day out with family to say she'd had a wonderful day but was feeling very tired, and was going to take a nap. The next call came from Talya's distraught husband Russell to say she'd passed away in her sleep.
The Sandy Beach woman not only provided inspiration but practical tips through her 'Feeling Ostomistic' blog on living with a stoma (an artificial opening on the the wall of the abdomen to collect waste).
In 2010 Talya, the eldest of 10 siblings, was diagnosed with the rare hereditary familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) gene. In 2012 she was diagnosed with bowel cancer.
Tributes have been flowing in from across the world from all the people she has touched.
"It's just so humbling and really amazing - she had such a big impact and was known all over the world when she really never left her bed," Tiana said.
Mostly house bound, Talya was limited in finding ways to enjoy her final years so she and her husband started to plan a dream garden at their Sandy Beach home. She used to visit the Coffs Harbour botanic garden and particularly liked the Asian-themed garden.
Touched by their plight the generous Coffs Harbour community soon came on board and a Gofundme page raised thousands to make the garden a reality including a pond and bench where Talya could sit and enjoy her own private oasis.
Now, once again, the community is giving generously to assist the Goding family with funeral costs. Russell has been the sole carer for his wife so has been unable to work for some time. In two days the page has already raised $6,060 with people posting tributes along the way:
'I came across Talya's Facebook posts about living her life with the stoma and her illness. Her insight, hopefulness and thoughts for others shone out to me. I am so very sorry for her passing. May her memory be eternal and Russell find every comfort and support in his grief.' wrote Merrian Oliver-Weymouth.
'I found Talya's blog when I was in a dark place and it helped me see things in another light. It had a big impact on me. I looked forward to seeing her updates, whether that was on Facebook or her blog. She will be greatly missed. My thoughts are with you,' wrote Christa B.
To donate follow this link or search 'Funeral Relief for Talya and Hubby' on the Gofundme webpage.
Her funeral will be held on Friday at 3pm at the Keith Logue and Sons chapel on Hogbin Drive.