Johnny Ruffo, a former star of Home and Away, has thanked Tahnee Sims, his partner of seven years, for helping him through his struggle with brain cancer.
The 34-year-old actor and musician received his initial diagnosis in 2017 and disclosed on Monday that his prognosis was terminal in an interview with The Project.
Johnny said he loves Tahnee “more than everything” and that it aches his heart to witness the suffering she is through as his illness worsens in an interview with Who magazine published on Thursday.
“Tahnee motivates me to strive for excellence.” Every day, she helps me find the will to fight, and I am so appreciative of that. He said, “I can’t thank her enough.
Even though they make an effort to keep their relationship as normal as possible by discussing their future goals, Johnny admitted that his bleak prognosis still weighs heavily on their shoulders.
There is nothing I can do to stop the suffering she will experience, yet I already feel it. He answered, “I can’t take that away from her.”
It’s heartbreaking for me, and I feel solely responsible. I’m at a loss on what to do. Therefore, we treat each day as it comes. I’m making every effort to win.
After experiencing painful headaches in August 2017, Johnny received his initial diagnosis.
He received treatment and chemotherapy as well as having a 7 cm tumour from his frontal lobe removed during an emergency operation.
Months later, the former X Factor contestant entered remission, but she revealed in November 2021 that the illness had come back.
On Monday, Johnny revealed to The Project that his disease was now incurable.
He admitted that he had already exceeded his life expectancy to host Carrie Bickmore, who had lost her spouse Greg Lange to brain cancer in 2010.
“It will eventually succeed in taking me, but I’m still battling.” still going strong. The usual life expectancy for my diagnosis and tumour was three years,’ he said.
“And it’s been five years for me.” I’ve already triumphed. My current objective is to live a happy life and attempt to assist as many people as I can.
Despite his struggles, the former Dancing with the Stars candidate was more worried about how Tahnee would handle things without him.
He told Carrie, “You can only imagine how difficult it’s been for her.”
I detest to admit it, but I often consider how difficult it may be for her if something were to happen to me.
I don’t want to think about it, so that’s why. It simply makes me a little bit emotional because I know something will happen eventually, whether it’s in a month, ten years, or twenty.
Since his diagnosis, Johnny has frequently talked about the assistance Tahnee has provided him and has even said that she once “saved” his life.
In 2015, the two first connected at a dance studio, and they have been dating since since.