Janice Dickinson was overcome with emotion as she opened up about her breast cancer diagnosis on an episode of The Doctors this week. The 61-year-old former supermodel spoke candidly about her illness, and how it has impacted her and her loved ones.
"It's shocking, everything hit me at once," Janice said. "My mother died of cancer so I know how bad I felt when I heard about my mother. My son broke down.
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Janice Dickinson has opened up about her breast cancer diagnosis
"Honestly, I haven't cried in about 30 years, and just lately I've been very tearful because I felt fear for the first time. And I don't get scared. I kind of lost it."
Emphasising that her "cancer does not define me", Janice said she is looking to the future, despite her ongoing battle. "I want to see my daughter walk down the aisle, and I want grandchildren, and I want to get married with Rocky, my fiancé, who's a doctor."
Janice is engaged to Dr Robert 'Rocky' Gerner
She also had a message for other women battling breast cancer. "I'm doing this for all women, please sisters, have regular breast examinations," she urged. "I can be emotional and happy and sad and afraid but I'm not alone. I now await surgery.
"I used to obsess over image, I'm the world’s first supermodel," Janice added. "I've been in front of cameras. I will never keep quiet when something is bothering me. I'm a fighter. I'm not the type of woman to fall apart, but it's nothing to downplay."
The former supermodel pictured with son Nathan in 2008
Janice revealed her cancer diagnosis last week. "It's still quite shocking," she told the Daily Mail. "Today I got very scared… I just get very scared 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 star even managed a small joke about her situation: "Don't feel sorry for me, this is not a pity party," she said. "I'm Janice Dickinson and I'm gonna stick around for a long, long time. You ain't getting rid of me yet."