Jo Nofahu killed himself. Celebrity Treasure Island. After only three episodes for the sake of his sick mother.
Before starting filming on a reality TV show, Kiwi. Game of Thrones The actor finds out that his mother’s cancer has returned.
He said he decided not to leave the show, but once on the set, being away from his mother played a game on his mind.
Nofaho did not want to come home because he was ill, or was not there at all.
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So in Wednesday night’s episode, Nofaho killed himself, saving actress Kimberly Crossman from being sent home after losing the elimination challenge.
Nofahu’s mother, Agnes, was diagnosed with breast cancer about nine years ago. She went through chemotherapy and radiation, coming out the other way.
Then, about a year ago, she started having pain in her back and went inside for a scan to find out that the cancer had come back and was in her spinal cord.
“It was gut wrenching when we found out.”
Nofaho said her mother had decided she did not want to undergo chemotherapy again, so they were managing her condition in other ways.
“He told us, ‘Look, boy, I don’t want to chemo anymore,'” so I started taking him to things like meditation.
“… We’re trying to do other things to keep an eye on it, everything natural or comprehensive. [way].
More natural breathing work, meditation, her diet, taking care of her intestinal health, keeping her away from things that cause cancer, getting enough sleep, plenty of water, maintaining her spirit.
“She will never let go of how much she is in pain. She will never let go of how much she is struggling.”
During the Auckland lockdown late last year, Agnes was admitted to hospital and Nofaho said the family was unable to see him.
“Being a sick family member is something I wouldn’t want from anyone, especially your mother.
“My mother and I are as fat as thieves.”
Agnes goes for regular scans, but Nofaho said doctors did not know how much time she had left.
“It can be weeks, years or months, they just don’t know and that’s why we have to make the most of every day.”
During the recent lockdown, Nofaho and his partner went into their parents’ bubble.
“I’m lucky Mom is as tough and flexible as she is.”
After leaving Celebrity Treasure Island. Without winning any money for her charity, the Breast Cancer Foundation NZ, Nofaho decided to hold her own fundraising event.
Nofaho, a former professional rugby player, owns Leeds Magnus Gym in Auckland and has been raising money for breast cancer for many years. This year, Jim is hosting a Punk Mail event on October 29 at the Auckland Domain.
It’s a mile race, but participants don’t just run a 1.6km track, they do burps, bears and a variety of other exercises to cover the distance.
Nofaho said the race would not be easy, but he was not living with breast cancer.
Go to * takeaction.org.nz/page/joespinkmile. For more information about the event or to donate.