‘Don’t mind me, just shedding a few tears at this.’

Chris Hemsworth has shared a heartbreaking social media post about a terminally ill Sydney woman who recently shared her fears she “will not make it to Christmas”.

Natalie Fornasier went on to reshare Hemsworth’s touching Instagram post, saying she was “shedding a few tears” over the Thor actor’s kind words.

The 28-year-old Sydney writer, who received a terminal cancer diagnosis in July, had appeared in Hemsworth’s Disney+ series Limitless – where she shared her story and how she had been forced to come to terms with death.

Eight years ago, aged just 20, Fornasier first received a skin cancer diagnosis after noticing a large mole on her toe.

The melanoma has since become metastatic, spreading to other parts of her body.

“My friend (Natalie Fornasier), who many of you know from Episode 6 ‘Acceptance’ of Limitless, is unfortunately not doing well,” Hemsworth began on his Instagram stories on Friday.

“I, like so many of you, continue to be moved by her story and even more impressed with her positivity.

“Natalie is a person who displays perpetual grace in the face of adversity; she is kind, selfless, and brave in how she continues to tell her impactful story openly.”

Along with his message, Hemsworth also shared four stories of Fornasier’s to his 56.1 million Instagram followers.

Fornasier then reshared Hemsworth’s initial message and wrote, “Don’t mind me, just shedding a few tears at this”.

The writer spoke with the actor earlier this year for Limitless, sharing that she “doesn’t know how much time I have left”.

“I have thought about death every single day of my life,” she said through tears.

“Noone at 20 expects to be diagnosed with cancer, no one prepares you for a diagnosis like that… my whole world changed pretty much overnight.

“Cancer became my overall identity.”

Hemsworth had said it was a heartbreaking experience talking to Natalie about her story.

And he said hearing someone speak with such “grace and maturity about something so uncertain is really inspiring”.

Early this month, Fornasier shared a devastating update – that she had learned in July that she “had months left to live” – the announcement Hemsworth later re-posted.

‘Fear of death’

“It’s a word I had been skating around for years, a word that terrified me because I always knew it could be a possibility,” she wrote on December 8.

“But it’s also a frame of mind I never anticipated I would have to enter.

“As I descended into what it meant to be terminal – I entered the deepest hole of depression I’ve ever experienced.

“Every day for the past four months I’ve cried and screamed.”

 

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Fornasier touched on her now-husband Alexander and the “love I would be leaving” and the “life we were supposed to have”.

“I’ve cried myself hoarse about the fear of death,” she went on.

“I’ve screamed for the children I would never have, the growing old, my friends, the life I was supposed to live.”

The writer said that at 28 years old it “feels wrong” to “admit that I’m dying”, detailing the “painful” conversations and plans she has had to make.

In Fornasier’s Instagram post, she said: “My doctors don’t know how long I have to be honest.

“Neither do I – my organs can go into failure at any moment, or I could bleed out.

 

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“I don’t know if I’ll see Christmas.

“Life is so unpredictable; it really reminds you of how little to no control we have over our lives.

“But what I do know is that I’m thankful and grateful for my life – even though it’s been a ‘struggle’ it’s been MY life. Mine. And I’ve loved living it.”

The Sydneysider said she had “grappled with sharing this news” for four months.

However, she chose to share the post with her Instagram followers as a way to “take back control over my own agency”.

“I am the one telling my story, as I always have. There are so many things in my life I can’t control but this I can,” she said.

 

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Two days after making the post, Fornasier revealed she had married her partner Alexander on “a day filled with love”.

“We may have gotten married in a palliative care facility and not in Italy as once dreamed, but it didn’t matter,” she said.

“Love is all that matters. Truly. Just love.”

Donations to Fornasier’s GoFundMe can be made here.

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