CHARLOTTE — Positivity bubbles from Statesville Road Elementary School teacher Robyn Hobson.
“It’s definitely my passion and what I was put on the earth to do, and it’s exciting that I get to do it every day, even if it’s remote,” she told Chanel 9 education reporter Elsa Gillis.
When we first met Hobson in January, she had just been named “Teacher of the Year” at her school. Since then, not only has she had to adjust to teaching virtually during the pandemic, she was also diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer, at age 29.
As she opened up to Channel 9 about the deeply personal battle, her positivity never waned.
“Not only am I young and have cancer but I have this super rare form, so I gotta think of it as, maybe I’m special,” she said, laughing. “I don’t know.”
Hobson got the shocking news in June after experiencing some unusual pain in her side. She’s currently going through chemotherapy to shrink the tumors and stop them from spreading.
“You know, I haven’t really thought much after that,” she said. “Something that I have learned is you kind of just have to live in the moment because it can change.”
Along her journey to accept what’s happening to her body, she started a YouTube page to share her story; in part, to help others who are going through something similar.
“What people don’t understand is it’s a mental game,” Hobson told Channel 9. “If you’re not mentally strong, it’s going to be really hard for you. So, I feel like if I can show that I’m mentally strong, then maybe it can help someone else for them to be mentally strong.”
Through it all, she’s teaching. Hobson said her school has been incredibly supportive of everything going on. But what she’s teaching is evolving -- as she is -- while she watches what’s going on in the world.
“There’s lots of hate in the world right now, I feel, and so I feel part of my spirit is, you’ve got to teach these kids to love and be kind,” Hobson said. “And then I’m also dealing with what I’m dealing with personally, and you also have to teach these kids that bad things happen in life, and it’s OK. It has changed the way that I teach and the things that I teach and how serious I take one thing over another thing. A test score is really not that important. What really is important is you being a kind person, is you loving other people.”
Those are simple lessons she hopes others take from her journey, and lessons she is also taking in.
“Just embrace every moment and love on the people who you love because you know, you never know what people are going through,” she said.
Hobson told Channel 9 she is focusing on the here and now.
“That’s something that I’ve tried to do, is just live every single day like it’s this new day, and this present that I’ve got.”
(If you’d like to donate to Robyn Hobson’s GoFundme page, click here.)
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