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Maria Kavallaris: Reflecting on Resilience and Purpose: My Journey as a Cancer Survivor
Jun 7, 2024, 05:49

Maria Kavallaris: Reflecting on Resilience and Purpose: My Journey as a Cancer Survivor

Maria Kavallaris recently shared a post on LinkedIn:

“Reflecting on Resilience and Purpose: My Journey as a Cancer Survivor.

On this day, June 4th, I pause to remember the moment my life changed forever—a cancer diagnosis at the age of 21. The world seemed to flip upside down, and uncertainty loomed large. But I emerged stronger, a survivor with a newfound resilience.

A lifelong commitment to cancer research, I dedicated my life to understanding this challenging adversary.

As a cancer researcher, I’ve delved into the intricacies of cellular pathways, treatment modalities, and novel therapies. My focus? Developing treatments that are not only effective but also kinder to the body—less toxic, more targeted.

Gratitude for every opportunity every sunrise, every passport stamp, every adventure—I cherish them all. Not everyone gets the chance to explore this beautiful world, to savour life’s flavours, and to contribute meaningfully.

Gratitude fills my heart for the opportunity to have a loving partner and live a productive life, even in the face of adversity.

Remembering those who didn’t get the same chance, I carry the weight of those who couldn’t continue their journey. Their courage fuels my purpose. It’s a reminder that life is precious, and we must make the most of every moment.

Let’s connect and share our stories! Together, we can inspire hope and resilience.”

Source: Maria Kavallaris/LinkedIn

Maria Kavallaris is Founding Director of the Australian Centre for NanoMedicine at the University of New South Wales, Head of the Translational Cancer Nanomedicine Theme at the Children’s Cancer Institute, and a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Investigator.

Maria is recognized for her innovation in driving multidisciplinary research in cancer nanomedicine. Maria is Chair of the Australian Institute for Policy and Science, and a Life Member and past-President of the Australian Society for Medical Research. 

She is an elected Fellow of both the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences and the Royal Society of New South Wales. Maria was named the 2020 NSW Premier’s Woman of the Year.