Survivor Feature Profiles by Melissa Karrer, Photography by Phillips Mitchell
In salute of Breast Cancer Awareness Month TOPS is proud to share the stories of 23 survivors.
Meet Janice Sidney.
Diagnosed at 60, Janice has been cancer free since her surgery on
December 9, 2013. Before she knew it was cancer, she noticed a tan colored stain in her bra one morning. She contacted her Internal Medicine MD who scheduled a mammogram. After all the tests were run, it was concluded that Janice had ductal breast cancer.
With a son, two daughters, seven grandchildren, one great-grandchild and a doting fiancé, Janice never felt alone. Her reaction was “I want to live, so a mastectomy it is. My faith in God has kept me strong.”
Janice’s biggest supporters were her friends and family who prayed for her daily. Her two daughters live close and check in on her frequently. Although her son lives in Maryland, he has made several trips to visit and check on her health. Her fiancé, whom she plans to marry in June, comes by almost every day. She proudly admits, “I am not by myself in this battle.”
Janice leaned on her doctor and surgeon for guidance. She read all the materials given to her in order to familiarize herself with the stages from surgery to recovery.
Janice advises those battling breast cancer, or any form of cancer, to “keep the faith, trust your surgeon and keep your family informed and involved.” She credits early detection and a positive outlook for her recovery. Janice also encourages all to “keep on smiling!”