“You are the most inspirational person I’ve ever known, and I’m so blessed to have you as a sister.”
It might be the interview of her career.
29-year-old Molan, who is a co-host on The Footy Show, spoke honestly about how difficult it’s been in the years since her sister’s diagnosis.
Molan’s sister, Sarah Sutton, was diagnosed at the age of 29, just after she had given birth to her second child.
“It was such a shock. I’m now in the fight of my life. We honestly never at any stage thought cancer,” Sutton, who has been in remission for four years, said.
One of the first signs that something was wrong occurred when people began commenting on Sutton’s dramatic weight loss after she gave birth.
“A couple of people had commented that … my post-baby weight loss was going really, really well. But I was a little bit concerned about how much weight I was losing, and the fact that I was going to the toilet so often, and the fact that it was basically diarrhoea the whole time.”
It was after a consultation that stage-three bowel cancer was revealed.
“I was picturing worse case scenarios of: How do you say goodbye to someone that you’ve only just started to get to know? And you haven’t really had enough time to get to know people. And you haven’t done all the things that you want to do with your life. So that was really, really, really awful,” she said.
Molan asked her sister how she informed her family, including her daughter who was four at the time.
“Everything that we did, and all the conversations that we had, were all based around that idea that mummy was sick, but that the doctors were very, very clever and that they were going to try very, very hard,” Sutton said.