Janice Dickinson opened up about her breast cancer diagnosis during a new interview with the Daily Mail, where the "America's Next Top Model" alum revealed that doctors first discovered the "pea-sized" lump during a common breast exam.
Dickinson was diagnosed with a common form of breast cancer called early stage ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), which originates in the milk ducts of a woman's nipple.
"I am not gonna let that define me, the fear," she told the website about her diagnosis. "I'm going to get through this, I'll be just fine kiddo."
While Janice is doing her best to stay strong, this is the same disease that took her mother Jennie Marie's life back in 1995.
"I've lost both parents, my mother died of cancer, that was a very painful moment when I found out about my mother and it was very painful when I found out about my dad, even though we had our differences, died of a heart attack," she explained.
Nevertheless, the 61-year-old is thankful to have her fiance, Dr. Robert Gerner, and her two children, Nathan and Savannah, who have been by her side during this difficult time.
"I know that my fiancé is a doctor of the highest caliber, I have four specialists, I've been prodded and poked on the inside and out," she revealed. "I can tell you I'm very, very lucky."
"Don't feel sorry for me, this is not a pity party," she told the site. "I'm Janice Dickinson and I'm gonna stick around for a long, long time, you ain't getting rid of me yet."
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