My name is Molly Dawson, I currently live in Bundaberg and I'm a cancer survivor. I have always been a confident, healthy, athletic and charismatic person. I had just graduated high school with great marks, was doing modelling and had an incredible group of friends. I had also just bought my own car and landed a teacher’s assistant job. To be honest, I had a pretty perfect life, until April 4 2019. From that day my ‘perfect world’ was flipped on its head and I underwent seven months of chemotherapy and one month of radiotherapy to treat Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. I had all of my treatment at the RBWH and I currently travel down to Brisbane every other week to see friends and my doctor.
My saving grace through my whole cancer journey has been my job and the extraordinary opportunities I have had because of cancer. After I graduated, I got a job at my high school as a teacher’s assistant. I still currently work there, and I love every single day. I work with year 7/8 students and focus most of my energy on the kids with disabilities. These children are my world, I love them with all my heart and I have never had a bad day at work.
I just love having this platform and an opportunity to share my story to empower others. Working with Canteen has now opened new doors for me. I have met more incredible, brave young people who have been impacted by cancer. The connections made through cancer are so important to me. Without friendships, support and love we have nothing. I am just so happy that so much awareness and so much good has come out of three words my doctor told me on that fateful day in April. There is nothing in this world that we can truly control, so we need to grab onto life and try our best to live a good one.