Janice Dickinson Reveals She Has Breast Cancer
The world is in shock this morning after learning that the ‘first supermodel’ Janice Dickinson has breast cancer.
In an emotional interview with Daily Mail Online, she revealed that she was diagnosed with the disease on March 12 after her doctor found a lump in her right breast during a routine medical examination.
After receiving an urgent mammogram and biopsy, it was found that Dickinson had early stage ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) - a common form of breast cancer that starts in the milk ducts.
Speaking to Daily Mail, she said: 'Just two weeks ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer, it's hard for me to say this, but I have been diagnosed with breast cancer.
'It's still quite shocking. Today I got very scared... I just get very scared and it hit me. But I am not gonna let that define me, the fear. I'm going to get through this, I'll be just fine kiddo.'
The 61-year-old admits she has withdrawn since receiving the news: 'I went into a world of fantasy, kind of a world of process, I kept saying to myself, "you're just processing this",' she explains during the interview. 'You can't be brave and fierce and all the things that people know you from - reality television, from the fashion industry, from being the world's first supermodel, from being a judge, from being a writer, a photographer, from being an AIDS activist.'
Dickinson also revealed how the doctor came across the lump during her routine medical: 'The doctor noticed it immediately. She said, "this doesn't feel right." And she said, "We have to be real comprehensive with this and have it checked out."
'I'm always optimistic, initially when the doctor found the lump it hurt, it became quite painful when you touch it, that's the point when I knew this is serious, when the doctor touched this little lump in my right breast, about the size of a pea, and I went bingo, I have cancer.'
'I became fearful for my two children, my loving fiancé Rocky, we have a grandson, aged four, his name is baby Aby. I just thought they are gonna flip out.'
Dickinson revealed she found out the news when she was out shopping with her daughter, Savannah.
'My 22-year-old and I were out shopping when I got a call from Rocky telling me the doctor was trying to get hold of me, then the doctor called me and told me, yes it's positive for cancer,' she recalls.
'I just was really glad that my daughter Savannah, she likes to be called Savi, I was really glad Savi was with me at that moment because it was kind of an out of body experience.
'At that moment I knew I had to be brave and I had to be strong. 'I had to find the courage I possess as a woman, that we all have as women and then I had to put my chin up and my shoulders back and take it moment by moment.
Source: Daily Mail