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Erin Molan shares heartfelt message following father's cancer diagnosis: 'Overwhelmingly grateful'

9Honey logo 9Honey 8/04/2021 Bianca Farmakis

Erin Molan has shared a heartfelt message on Instagram following her father's "aggressive" cancer diagnosis.

The Nine journalist shared a message from the Molan family, originally shared on her father Senator Jim Molan's Instagram page, expressing their gratitude for the public's outpouring of support in the wake of the news.

"We wish to express heartfelt thanks for the thousands of messages conveying good wishes, thought and prayers we have received in the past few days," the message read.

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"Along with Jim, we have been particularly heartened and inspired by those who have shared their own personal cancer experiences with us."

The message, signed off by Jim's wife Anne and children Sarah, Erin, Felicity and Mick, concluded: "We thank every single person who has reached out. We are overwhelmingly grateful for your kindness."

The Liberal senator announced this week he would take leave after an "aggressive" form of cancer was detected in his body.


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"I will be taking leave from the Senate for further testing to confirm the prognosis and to commence treatment," he said in a statement.

Jim Molan wearing a suit and tie © 9NEWS

Jim said the news had come as a shock, but he had "many reasons to be positive".

"I am receiving the best possible care from my clinicians and have the love, support and prayers of my family," he added.

"I have never been afraid to fight the battles that need fighting and this is no exception."

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The politician shared a copy of his official statement of leave to Twitter, receiving almost 600 comments in response.

He spent four decades in the Australian Army, reaching the rank of Major-General, and was awarded for his service in Indonesia and East Timor. He went on to hold a senior operations role during the Iraq war.

Retiring in 2008, Jim first became involved in politics in 2012.

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