Janice Dickinson Reveals Breast Cancer Diagnosis
"It's still quite shocking," she said in an emotional interview. "Today I got very scared."
Janice Dickinson has breast cancer.
The former supermodel and reality star revealed to DailyMail.com that she was diagnosed two weeks ago.
"It's still quite shocking," she said in an emotional interview. "Today I got very scared. ... I just get very scared and it hit me. But I am not gonna let that define me, the fear. I'm going to get through this, I'll be just fine kiddo."
Dickinson said she was having stomach problems and went to see her doctor March 8. At that visit, the doctor noticed a lump the size of a pea on her right breast.
"I'm always optimistic; initially when the doctor found the lump it hurt, it became quite painful when you touch it, that's the point when I knew this is serious, when the doctor touched this little lump in my right breast, about the size of a pea, and I went 'bingo, I have cancer,'" she said, adding that she became "fearful" for her two grown children, fiancé Dr. Robert Gerner and 4-year-old grandson. "I just thought, 'They are gonna flip out.'"
Dickinson, 61, who lost her mom to cancer, says she's been making "almost daily" visits to UCLA and is expected to have surgery to remove the lump. Doctors ruled out a mastectomy.
Dickinson — who is currently embroiled in a lawsuit against Bill Cosby, whom she alleges falsely accused her of fabricating a story in a 2014 television interview in which she said Cosby drugged and raped her in 1982 — remained positive about her diagnosis in her interview with the Daily Mail.
"Don't feel sorry for me, this is not a pity party, I'm Janice Dickinson and I'm gonna stick around for a long, long time, you ain't getting rid of me yet," she said.