Chest tattoo where her breasts once were
The lump was a nasty stage three triple negative breast cancer and she underwent a lumpectomy.
“Fear has no part of my life.
“But I knew God wasn’t going to heal me, I knew he wanted me to walk this walk so within three weeks I had the lump taken out.”
Chemotherapy and radiotherapy followed.
She thought all was well until another lump was found in 2013 — this time in the same breast and area as the last one.
This cancer was ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) which means cells inside the milk ducts had cancer.
Janice says she “wasn’t worried too much about that one” but the breast was taken off and reconstructed using stomach muscle.
“Then in 2016 there was lump in the same boob under the skin so there must have been a little cancer cell left,” she says.
She elected to have a double mastectomy, an easy decision for her.
Janice loves her chest tattoo with butterflies and cherry blossoms.
“I liken the butterflies to being set free from something — like a butterfly I feel set free.”
And she can rock around the house bare chested, like a guy, anytime it gets hot.
Janice says she is cancer-free and feels very much alive.
“It’s made me appreciate the little things, I don’t think much about the future, never have, but if I want to do something I just do it. I no longer sweat the small stuff.”
Janice proudly shows her chest tattoo in the Dear Boobs book — a coffee table book complied by Emily Searle featuring letters from women in New Zealand and overseas writing letters to their boobs after breast cancer.
Author of the Dear Boobs project, Emily Searle.