Janice Bacon is a three-time breast cancer survivor who has a
If it’s hot outside and the lawns need mowing, Janice Bacon just whips off her top, bra and fake boobs and mows the lawn barechested. She’s not bothered. A beautiful tattoo with butterflies and cherry blossoms adorns her chest where her breasts once were.
“No one can see me accept for one neighbour and they’re not worried,” she says.
Janice, from Papamoa, is one of those devil-may-care types.
”I’m over it,” she says often. She’s referring to what people think, to cancer and she is certainly over the loss of her boobs. She doesn’t miss them in the slightest.
The 68-year-old has had a hard run — eight years of ongoing cancer diagnosis, operations, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and eventually a double mastectomy.
Janice has had three different kinds of cancer in one breast.
That’s unlucky, and unfair, some would say.
But Janice never felt bitter or fearful. She says she felt peace from one cancer crisis to the next.
“When I first got the news I thought ‘nothing is going to happen to me today that Jesus and I can’t handle together’.”
That was in 2008 after a lump was found in her breast via mammogram.
“I had a yearly mammogram because my mum had breast cancer (she lived for another 30 years).
“I am thankful, if I left it, I would have been dead.”
I liken the butterflies to being set free from something — like a butterfly I feel set free.