Janette gets stuck into living
WHEN Janette Nethercott was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer in 2003, she didn’t shed a tear – she went into “auto pilot”.
“My doctor said some very scary words. Stage three, aggressive and invasive. I didn’t cry or yell or anything. I just said to the doctor chop what you have got to chop and give me whatever drugs you need to,” she said.
“I just wanted to be well.”
Following this diagnosis, Janette had a mastectomy and chemotherapy and is now fit and well.
“I think for me, cancer was a bit of a blessing. I did things I never thought I would and it allowed me to find out what I really wanted out of my life.
“I cut back on work hours; got the dog I had wanted for 30 years and started to get a little more pleasure out of life in general. Oscar is 15 months old now and he is brilliant.”
While she has done many things for herself, Janette says that she will jump out of a plane or bungee jump if she gets a second diagnosis.
“The one thing that I would say to people is don’t say to a cancer patient ‘be positive’. People should be allowed to feel how they want to feel and deal with the situation how they choose.”
At the moment, Janette is preparing for the Cancer Council Relay for Life.
“Every year, I have done the survivors walk in Maclean or Grafton. The people I have met on that walk amaze me.”