Molly's story

Molly's story

Cancer came crashing into Molly's life when she was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. a form of blood cancer, at 17 years old.

"I had just graduated high school, got a job and was excited for my next adventure."

Molly wasn't sure what being diagnosed with cancer would mean for her future. Needles, chemotherapy and hair loss weren't how she pictured her gap year to be.

"When I was told I had cancer, it felt like my life was paused instantly."

Molly underwent several months of treatment.

Hundreds of needles, hundreds of litres of chemotherapy, monthly radiotherapy sessions, a PICC line, PET scans, CT scans, X-rays and hair loss. 

Molly felt isolated. Cancer treatment is hard enough on its own, even more-so when there is no-one your age around who understands. 

It was only after treatment that Molly became involved with Canteen.

"Canteen feels like home."

Molly has been able to connect with other incredible, brave young people who have also been affected by cancer through Canteen.

"Coming out of treatment and into remission is of course exciting, but can be very overwhelming ... There is only so much your friends and family can understand." 

Molly has attended programs and been involved in both local and national leadership opportunities. 

"With Canteen, you always know you’re not alone and that there are other people out there who truly get it ... Canteen feels like home."

"I love having this platform and an opportunity to share my story to hopefully empower others to raise much needed funds and awareness. I have met more incredibly brave young people who have been impacted by cancer because of Canteen."