My New Journey: Breast Cancer

It’s a shock. It’s something you don’t want to hear. When the doctor told me I have Breast Cancer, I said, well, you and I will get through this.

This is just a bump in the road.

I’ve had such a blessed life. I’ve done things and been to places I would have never dreamed, because of my career.

However, in life, you have to take the  bitter with the sweet.

This news  is not the end, just the beginning of  a new journey. Life isn’t about the things you own and things that you show off. Instead, it’s what you do in life, and the legacy that you leave behind.

For me, there is no sense in wallowing and digging a hole to crawl into. I feel like it is what it is,  and I just have to deal with it.

Crying and boo-hooing and looking for people to pick me up, doesn’t change the diagnosis. It’s Cancer.

So, I need to get real and decide what my next step is going to be.

Remember, I just started this journey.

I’m not changing my life because of this. I may have to take a few little detours.

I want you to join me in my journey. Leave a message for me right here on JC and tell me your story or your feelings.

Have a blessed day.

Here’s the News release about my situation sent out by WUSA9:

Washington D.C.’S First Female Television News Anchor Announces Plan to Beat Her Own Breast Cancer 

JC Hayward has been on the air in Washington, DC for forty years and is now a beloved fixture in local news.

Washington, D.C. April 6, 2012

Nearly1 in 8 American women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. WUSA-TV’s television icon JC Hayward has just become one of the women with breast cancer and she has vowed to wage the battle of her life, both on and off the air.

The death rates from breast cancer have been decreasing since 1990 — primarily because of treatment advances, earlier detection through screening, and increased awareness. So when JC Hayward got the stunning diagnosis this week, her first thought was of her television “family.”

“I’ve spent four decades on the air in our nation’s capital and my closest friends are my viewers” JC said. “I am going to be serious and aggressive about my own treatment but I also want to take this opportunity to tell women how important early detection and early treatment are, especially for African American women like me.” Hayward added. According to the American Cancer Society African-American women are more likely to die of breast cancer than the population as a whole.

A diagnosis of breast cancer can be frightening to any woman. But statistics show that those who vigilantly examine themselves every month and get yearly mammograms usually survive the disease.

JC will be joined in her important battle by her long-time friend and WUSA-TV colleague Andrea Roane.  According to JC; “Andrea was the first person I shared this news with and she is the one who convinced me to share this news with the public…because I might be able to help other women.”

Andrea Roane is best known to viewers in Washington D.C. for her passionate reporting on breast health issues and promoting the importance of early detection in the fight against breast cancer.  Andrea has been the guiding force behind WUSA’s early detection campaign called BuddyCheck9 for eighteen years.

Beginning Monday, April 9 WUSA-TV will follow JC through her treatment process and will document each stage with on air reports and JC’s video diary.

For more information contact: WUSA’s Khalim Piankhi 202-895-5999.

PHOTOS From my first MRI:


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  • Stephanie

    Sorry to hear this. Good luck on your journey and may God leave his healing hands on you.

    • Aisha

      May god bless you JC. You will be fine. It’s getting over the initial shock. The treatment in the area hospitals are superb! I was diagnosed at 49 and had great treatment and so will you. I’ve now been cancer free 6 yrs.

      From one Howard Bison to another, you’ll be fine.

    • Mildred L. “Bernie” 51 Years Old

      Dear JC ,
      My What a Surprise as I sat Yesterday with A Close Family Member watching the
      News 9 As you announced along with Andrea of Your Breast Cancer Findings. I too
      just have been taken on this Journey as of February 2012. I just had My Surgery on Monday April 2nd. I have been very Positive and just Passing on the word.

      The days ahead are trying and weeks to come, I’m Ok and will not be alone. I plan to follow you and GIVE FULL SUPPORT. For those that have made us Strong thru this it is A Miracle and A Circle of Love I admire you so much and Thank you ~ Your Support Friend Bernie

    • Morgan

      Dear JC:

      Stay strong it is not an easy decision, but undoubtedly the correct one. I had to face the same dilemma 18 months ago and decided to undergo bilateral mastectomy. It is not a walk on the park, very invasive; however, the peace of mind and ability to put it behind you make it worthwhile
      Thank you for sharing your experience, you sharing ALL our experience. God Be you with you in your journey.

    • Gwendolyn FlowersProctor

      God Bless you J C . I am a nine year survivor. When I was told I had Breast Cancer, my first thought was This does not belong to me, What are we going to do about this? No tears just a plan. I commend you for sharing your breast cancer with us. I will keep you in my prayers. You will not go through this journey alone. Stay strong and focus you will win.

  • CandiC

    I have been watching you on the news since i was a kid! Wishing you luck and sending prayers! It’s scary to know that so many women will develop breast cancer.

  • Sandra Burnette

    JC You will be fine. I was diagnosed with breast cancer 2 years ago and I had a breast removed. I am still going strong. My oncologist told my husband to let me do what I wanted to do. Again, you will be fine. Will be following you as I have for years. Take Care.

    • JC Hayward

      Thank you Sandra! If you can do it, I know I can!

      • Computer Specialist in Gaithersburg, Md.

        I really enjoy watching your shows on 9News! I am quite surprised to learn that things are coming to a climax at this point. You have been a veteran newscaster and certainly better than most any other. My mother had Hodgkins-Lymphoma and it took her at age 82 and my aunt had a heart condition in which at age 97, she sucummed to a clogged artery. I am able to commiscerate on your behalf due to some issues in my family regarding cancer and heart problems.

  • Linda Dawson

    JC, I will keep you in thoughts and prayers that you will get through this! May God Bless You and be with you throughout all this. You are a wonderful women and I love to watch you on channel 9 and I will keep up with your story and see how you are doing throughout! Take care!

    • JC Hayward

      Thanks Linda!

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  • Martha Montgomery

    JC – My prayers are with you and I know that you are going to be alright. Thank you for sharing such a personal story and I know it will help other women who are going through the same thing that you are. You are not alone. God bless you and Keep the Faith.

  • Cindy

    God bless you, J.C. Thank you for sharing your story. I just finished chemo in February, and I’m currently doing radiation for stage 2 breast cancer. You will be just fine. I am praying for you, and I would be more than happy to be a buddy of yours through this journey. Stay strong and positive.

    • JC Hayward

      Cindy, thank you for sharing. I need your encouragement!

  • Renee Howard

    J.C. I will b praying for you. i am gonna follow u on this journey. I know that i am blessed not to have breast cancer. But i also know that it is in my family just like so many others. but u keep the faith and i know you will b just fine. i have been watching u for years. your like family. we love you. stay blessed…

  • Lakeyta

    Thank you for sharing and allowing us into your journey. My support, thoughts and prayers are with you. XOXOXO

  • Maria Ingham

    JC, I just turned on the news and discovered about your new battle. Yes, you will beat it, and yes, you have the love and support of those of us who have followed you on the news for years and years.

    Best of luck and prayers.


    • JC Hayward

      Aww, thanks Maria!

  • Mary

    Please keep up your spirits and great attitude- I am a breast cancer survivor- and I know how important your attitude is- you are right – you are blessed- and things like Cancer help us realize what is important in life- I am so happy you decided to go public and share- it’s a hard thing to do- but it helps others so much- God Bless you JC-

  • Bonnie Edwards

    J. C.
    My prayers are with you. I have asked our church, Trinity A. M. E. Zion in D.C., to hold you up
    in prayer tomorrow at our Women’s Prayer Breakfast. I have also asked that we
    do so on Easter Sunday. Girl, you are covered. We love you and will always be there.

    Bonnie Edward
    Deaconness Board #1

  • http://InternetExplorer Elizabeth Kerr

    My Prayers are with you. I don’t have cancer,but I have learned thru tough times,I CAN’T,HE CAN,SO I LET HIM.Put it all in his hands

  • Chrystal Peyton

    JC…You have my prayers through this journey. I just saw you deliver the news on TV to your friends and fans. Stay strong. Prayer works and you now have thousands praying for you. I have always been proud of you and admired you and after watching you today I truly expected nothing less from you think about how you can help others. You have always exhibited a big heart for others and your announcement will convince folks to get their mammograms. I have not had a mammogram since 2010 and will be scheduling my appointment TODAY!. Thank you and God be with you, JC.

    • JC Hayward

      Thanks Chrystal

  • Yodit Gedion

    Wow. You are a truly beautiful inspriation to others, as well as myself. I will spread the word to family and friends and keep you in my prayers. Keep a smile on your face, everything will be all right. :)

    • Yodit Gedion

      And, I know you’ll beat this quickly. Love you.

      God bless- Yodit

  • Stuart Yael Gordon

    JC, this is terrible. You’re a member of all our families!

    I know you’ll beat this thing, and you’ll beat it quickly.

    Here’s hoping this is a short travail.

    Stu Gordon

  • Betty

    Our prayers are with you, JC! ‘Just retired and started watching you on the news at noon!

    You’re a wonderful witness to everyone on your survivor journey–my mom was a 20+ year breast cancer survivor (she struggled with dementia and fell asleep in the Lord in January.) Mom baked bread and nutrolls every day to exercise her arm muscles after surgery! Her doctors enjoyed her breads so much that I think they had her come to medical treatments more often just to get some of her baked goods!

    You could do it, JC! Thank you for sharing your journey with your television “family”.

    • JC Hayward

      Thanks for sharing Betty! It means so much!

  • Donna

    My friend with breast cancer has a blog which has been so inspirational. She is a young mother and is doing extremely well with chemo.

  • http://JCHayward JUSTINE

    J C don’t worry the God of Heaven who gave us life said I will never leave you nor for sake you he will be with you thru this, just look up to him I pray that by his stirps you are healed God bless.He said he send his word and we are healed. I belive he will do it for you..Hpppy good friday.

  • Patti Staines

    Ms. Hayward! I just finished watching the noon news. I have tears in my eyes as I write this. I have watched you on TV all my life. Back when you did the news with Bob Dalton. Although you and I have never met and the chances are slim that our paths will ever cross, I truly feel as I know you and care about you. Please know that I will be praying for a speedy and 100% recovery. You are not alone. God bless you always!

    • JC Hayward

      Patti, you are a true blessing. That means so much to me. Thanks for all of your support!

  • Sherry Moses

    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this journey. May God bless you!

  • Elaine Stephens

    My mother just called me and told me of your diagnosis. She was almost in tears. She kept saying, “I do not want to see this beautiful woman go through what I did” See, my mother is a 2 time breast cancer survivor. She was diagnosed in 1995 with stage 1 cancer and had a Lumpectomy. She went a total of 9 years then it returned in 2004. She had a mastectomy and a trans flap surgery where they created a new perky breast for her. She laughs and shows it off to everyone. I think she is the strongest woman I know, because through it all she still prays for others, cares for others and is genuine in her praise and worship. Ms. Hayward, we will pray your strength and health through your journey and thank you for showing others how to handle such adversity with grace.

    God Bless You,


  • Gloria Ford

    Dear J.C.,

    I have been with you since your Channel 9 start. I was with you when you and Rene Carpenter had your daytime morning show. I am with you now. I know you are a god-fearing person and your hope and faith is with our God.

    I am 64 years old and was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in October, 2011. I had a complete hysterectomy, at which time a tumor, the size of a cantalope was found in my ovarian section.
    I nor the doctor was ever able to feel it. It was detected by the MRI. I had this surgery on 10/24/2011. I always kept my faith in God and somehow knew I was not goint to succomb to cancer. The surgery was successful and cancer was found – only in the tumor. I was diagnosed as 1-A. I had three rounds of chemotherapy, to be on the safe side.

    Currently, I am back to work, building up from the chemotherapy and growing my hair back. My doctor is amazed at my resiliency. I am not because I had faith in God all the time.

    I pray the same wonderful result for you. Of course, do what the doctors recommend and know and constantly tell yourself you are the healed of the lord – highly blessed and highly favored.

    With Love From Me, Gloria, My Husband, Kenneth and My Son, Kenneth

  • Kathy Jones

    J.C., wishing you all the best! You’ll get through this, no, we’ll get through this together. You’re not alone. You will be fine. We’re praying for you…

  • Anita Heck

    You are my absolute favorite!!! I love watching you everyday at noon. You are such an uplifting and wonderful person, I know you will make it through with flying colors. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. You take care and listen to your doctors!!!! Love, Anita

  • Janet Sims-Wood

    Left a message on your FB page. Will continue praying for you and others. After this 14+ years journey, I am still so very grateful. Doing for others has helped me through the years. WE ARE SURVIVORS!!! Stay encouraged, JC and know that many are praying for you.

  • Tracey Williams

    You will get through this because you are a tough Washingtonian. Do not hesitate to reach out and continue to talk about you journey. I’m available for ice cream runs if you need some :-)

    Tracey McKinney Williams
    Eastern High – Class of 1989 (eastern high school choir)
    Former Employee of Sutton Place Gourmet (New Mexico Ave)

  • Patricia Moore

    My thoughts and prayers go out to u Jc. U are a STRONG WOMAN AND U WILL GET THRU THIS!!! U are the BEST!!!!

  • Dottie Bowie

    Hello JC,

    First, I am sorry to hear about your health. I want to thank you for being so brave in telling your story and sharing it with the world. I grew up watching Channel 9 news and enjoyed every moment watching you, Andrea, and others. We have a mutual friend, Ernie Fields. He has told me what a wonderful person you are.

    You have such a wonderful spirit and you will beat this. Please know that you are and always will be in our prayers.

    Hopefully, I will get to meet you in person one day.


    Dottie B

  • Ginger Gillum

    I’ve watched JC for years & I’m deeply saddened to hear of this diagnosis!. I’ll be watching the news for your progress & status. May God wrap you in His loving arms as you move through the difficult days ahead! God bless!

  • Patti

    Ms. Hayward

    You have the best attitude going forth in your new journey, and this positive attitude will get you through. After all, the going through may not be easy, but staying positive will get you through. You may have a few pity parties, and you’re entitled. But pick yourself up and remember that cancer is a dis-ease of the body that the mind and good medical care can heal. Pick yourself up some great comedies and laugh, laugh, laugh! Nine years ago, I was told that if one must get cancer, then today’s medical knowledge and technology affords the best treatments and cures.

    Please be mindful that after the cancer is removed you will be disease free and any treatments and if any further treatments are needed, they will ensure that you remain disease free. It is important to speak you are free if disease and not let others speak disease over you, including those in the medical fields. At this point, you will have a history of breast cancer and you must believe that it isn’t coming back.

    Also, pray and be thankful for your healing and when negative thoughts come dismiss them with visuals of a healthy you. Envision your doctors being pleased with your healing, envision yourself healthy and whole for many years to come. You will get through this scary time to help others, as you have already started the process by sharing your journey. In His word God said, ” Trouble shall not come a second time. I shall not die, but live and proclaim what the Lord has done.”

  • Barbara Ann Myrick

    JC- Just know that you are not alone. We all are with you in this journey to fight this battle. There is nothing to hard for God. People commit and say that they are praying for you so here is my prayer for you now. Father in Jesus name, I come in the behalf of my sister JC, I ask you now to take the fear from her and to let her know that she is not alone and that you are with her every step of the way and right now father, I thank you for letting her healing begin now and by your stripe she is healed. AMEN. JC – my mother and I love you and we will continue to pray for you. Mary and Barbara.

  • CeeCee

    Ms. Howard I just heard your news that you announced. You are going to be fine. You are a child of GOD and he doesn’t allow anything to happen to his children. Put GOD first and everything will work in your favor. I am a 45 year old African American female, a wife, a mother of 8 and a 3 year breast cancer survivor. I am going to add you to my prayer list and watch what happens. If you ever need another friend to talk to, you can send me an email at or give me a call on 202-439-4314. Have a wonderful Easter Sunday and be safe. Remember don’t stress over this its a minor set for a great come back. Believe me its going to be a great come back.

    Be stong and much love:-)

  • Barbara Ann Myrick

    May God continue to bless and keep you. Amen.

  • Robin Beckwith

    Dear JC- i was shocked to see this on facebook but the first thing i thought of was Andrea.. And all her hard work advocating for Breast Cancer. So glad you are including everyone in your journey. You will help so many people. I was diagnosed over 6 years ago at age 43 with Stage 1 IDC.. Fortunately for me only lumpectomy, radiation and five years of tamoxifen. All in the past now for me. But you are in my prayers now and i will be watching your journey. Best wishes.

  • Helen Carter

    JC I wanted you to know that I think you are a lovely, gracious woman and that my prayers goes out to you. Breast cancer runs in my family. I am currently 63 years old and have had many biopsies. When I was in my thirties and I was having one of those biopsies I told my surgeon that I did not think there was a problem where they were looking. I asked him to check around my nipple because I felt something was wrong and he found cancer cells growing. He took the ducts out and by the grace of God I’m still.

    Please stay strong and beautiful for you are loved and my family and I will be praying for you.

    • JC Hayward

      Helen, thank you so much for your inspiration.

  • Angie Goff

    JC… I am praying for you and sending lots of love your way. I’m so saddened by this news but know that if anyone can beat this thing.. it is you. You have such soul and strength.
    I’ll be following your journey and commend you for sharing it. Your story will help so many women.

  • Hugh Gordon

    It’s always difficult to know what to say when you hear this kind of news. The right words are difficult to come by.

    So… lieu of words……I’m sending a big virtual hug, that I hope you can feel. It’s a hug filled with hope and optimism for a speedy recovery!

  • Cheryl

    JC, as a daugher who lost her mother to breast cancer 12 years ago, along with a grandmother and a cousin, thank you for being so loving and so kind to not only let the world know, but to educate other women the importance of breast health. Stay strong, because this is just a short detour in the road. My prayers and best wishes are with you always. Big Hugz.

  • Cheryl Kravitz

    JC, You are in my prayers, You are in all of our prayers. Please know there is an army of your fans behind you and we are with you every step of the way. All of my love.

  • Caroline

    I’m praying for you, but of course you;’re already healed…No worries at all. I will say this you look good and nothing wrong with have a cute doctor to take care of you. LOL

  • Gregory

    Wow is a word that comes to mind. I was so shocked to hear this news. I’m sitting at work trying not to cry. I haven’t because I know you WILL beat this. After all you have done for others, we all need to do for you! Everyone lifts you up in prayer!

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  • Mike R

    J.C. Know that our thoughts and prayers go with you. We have long admired you and your accomplishments and know as you face this challenge you will do it with the passion and grace that marks all that you have done. This is Easter and with it the promise of the risen Christ that all who walk in Him shal not perish but have everlasting life. Go with God.

  • DeJuanna


    The resurrection power that raised Jesus from the dead resides in you. So we speak to the cancer right now, and say, “Come Out!” in the name of Jesus. When you pray, believe that you receive; and you shall have what you say.

    So many are praying for you.

    Love you

  • Maria-Lori Queen

    JC you have always been an inspiration to me and my favorite celebrety. Remember you are human and you are divine. But strength, joy, and understanding are yours. When circumstances cast you down, when fear crowds joy and courage from your heart, something in you says : THIS IS NOT TRUE OF ME, THIS IS NOT TRUE OF LIFE . That is the divine self healing of the human self. Your are a strong woman and I know that you can overcome this, I will continue to stay in prayer with you and remember you have all the support you need all around you, God Bless, You can do it girl !

  • Brenda Toyer

    I will be praying for you but my belief tells me that you are already Healed by the Precious Blood of the Living Saviour Jesus Christ Our Lord. Keep lifting Him up and draw strength from Him. He’s is the only way the truth and the life. May God continue to Bless you.

  • Edite Abolins

    JC, Sorry to hear about your bc diagnosis. Sending you zen and prayers as you enter the world of cancer care and treatments. I am a 10 year BC “survivor” who also had my treatments at Sibley. I’m a life-long DC resident and have followed your career since you first arrived.

  • Joyce Berger

    HI JC, I think that its a great thing that you decided to share your journey. I too had breast cancer and I made it through. You too will make i!!!. Your already positive attitude is a blessing to me and I know to so many others. I will follow you and will keep you in my prayers!!!!! Love Ya!!!!!

  • Kyva

    JC, to simply put it- you are the best.
    There is no sadness because your perspective and God’s grace will see you through.

  • Sydney Cameron

    JC I know you will pull through this like everything else that you do, with grace and style. I will keep you in my prayers as you travel along this journey in life.

  • http://yahoo PHIL BEASLEY

    OMG……..i have been a devoted fan of your career for many years, and i reach out now to hug and embrace you. yes, you will get through this. i work for george washington hospital and work closely with the breast care clinic, so i know what you are going through. i have become friends with a great number of patients and have stayed so to this day. GOD BLESS YOU J.C.

  • http://facebook Susan C.

    JC, I met you in 1976 in the ice cream store at Montgomery Mall where I was working and where you were reporting on the tragic events of that spring day. I remember you ordered something to drink and I was so in awe of you. I’ve watched you ever since when I can. I’m now 53 and I’ve been living with metastatic breast cancer since November 2007. I can’t sugar coat it: breast cancer is a tough journey and the road ahead is full of ups and downs. It’s ok to ask for help when you need it, cry when you need to and be strong when you need to. I admire you so much for making your BC journey public. Remember, you have a whole community supporting you.

  • Sharee

    Ms. JC, I have been watching you on Chanel 9 for as long as I can remember. You have always appeared in my eyes to be a strong black woman and as you said, this is just another journey in your life! I pray for a speedy recovery and I am confident that you will pull through this. I can’t think of anyone else in the world that could still look like a diva while getting cancer treatments! ;) God Bless you!!!

  • Marion Goodell

    J.C. my prayers are with you..My sister is a 3 year survivor of breast cancer and her attitude was always positive…in fact her boss stated in a meeting that if he has to go back to Afghanistan..he wants Betsy going with him as she is the bravest person he knows. I feel you are the same and with prayer all things are possible! Much love, Marion

  • Mike

    JC, I watched you for almost your whole career on Channel 9 until I moved from the area. Good luck to you in your fight against this hideous disease that has robbed me of family members and people I have loved in my lifetime.Stay strong and just remember that this is a little stretch of rough road that you can certainly navigate through and emerge a winner!

  • L. Denise

    If anyone can WIN this battle, you can. May God bless you, JC!


  • LaToyia M. Stephens

    Hello Ms Hayward,

    I am praying that you make a full recovery. I am sorry to hear that you have breast cancer. You are a very strong black woman and I know that God has you in his hands. Keep your sprites up and the Lord Jesus Christ will guide your past.

  • Monica

    JC, I was shocked to hear this news. I pray that God will keep his arms around you during this journey. I will be thinking and praying for you everyday. Sending hugs and kisses to you!

  • Priscilla Baldwin

    Sending you *PINK HUGS*. Hey JC I’ve just heard the news about you having Breast Cancer I too have Breast Cancer I’m STAGE 2A Triple Negative I found out April 2011. Like you and so many other woman who has this Disease I was SHOCKED and very scared I was 40years old when I found out I am now 41. I’m here to tell you that you will be fine I’m sure you know GOD he is a HEALER!! I asked God to hold my hand as I go through this journey and he did just what he said. I had to have a mesectomy, chemo and radiation. God is good and he won’t put no more on you than what you can bare!! Listen to your Doctors for God is working through them to help you. Eat right and exercise but most of all Praise God In Advance for your Healing. I have a wonderful group of Doctors at JOHN HOPKINS HOSPITAL IN BALTIMORE MD I’m BLESSED and you are too.

  • James

    Best of luck in your battle with Breast Cancer. Hope you get well soon, even the WUSA9 viewers are sending prayers your way. Get well soon!

  • helen c

    god bless you in god you

  • Debbie Burnetti

    Wishing you all the best JC. I understand all your feelings as you begin your journey through “the tunnel” as I often called it. I was diagnosed with breast cancer 3 years ago and will be taking medication for 2 1/2 more years. It was a hell of a journey, but I believe I am a much more whole person and more true to myself as I come out the other end of that tunnel. There will be lots of people telling you what to do and what to feel and they all mean well. Listen to yourself, especially in the middle of the night, when all you can hear is you. That’s where your strength will come from. And the other end of that tunnel is worth fighting for…….every precious minute of it!

    Thinking of you

    • JC Hayward

      Thanks Debbie!

  • Monique Speights

    God bless you J.C. and my prayers are with you in your journey to be healed of your breast cancer. You are an inspriation to us all and I know you have a good team of doctors on your side.

    Take care and it was my pleasure in meeing you at NIH back in February.


    Monique J. H. Speights

  • Peggy

    My prayers are with you! Your spirit is beautiful and that will keep you through.

  • Jill

    JC, I am a breast cancer survivor. Early detection is the best cure. It will be a battle but attitude, faith and determination will get you through this. Prayers will be sent for you and this trying time. You will prevail!

  • JC Hayward

    Thank you all for your love and support! Words can’t express how grateful I am to have friends and supporters like you! I will get through!


    JC , my prayers are with you . I was not too surprised when I received my diagnosis for breast cancer. My cancer was found by self examination, and I am six years cancer free. Thank God.
    I would not allow negatives thoughts to weight me down , I remained prayful during that time.

    I am sure you will remain positive and prayful also. Take care . I will be praying for you .

  • Mary

    I can’t believe this. You are like one of my aunts. Our family watched you back in the early 80s during dinner on the 6 o’clock news. My dad was in love with you and my mom didn’t even care! I will be praying for you. Your story touched me as if you called me last night and told me yourself. Be blessed my auntie and know that you are special to more than you can image. You are a true inspiration. So stay strong and lean on us the days you need help with!

  • Heidi Barnes

    Dear J.C, i was watching the news when you made your annoucement! You are such a brave lady to do this publically! I have a family history of this disease, and i will be following you through this! I have always been a fan, since i was a younger lady! GOD has your back! Hang in there, you know we LOVE you! I think your fans are more afraid then you are! God bless you and i hope all goes well! Heidi

  • Allison

    Just want to wish the very best to someone who is the very best. You are a shining example of what it means to be a strong, independent, compassionate woman. Thanks for being brave enough to share your journey. We are rooting for you!

  • Sebrina

    JC, I have watched you for the past 8 years. You will come through this with the same grace and dignity that you exihibit each and everyday. It is the kind of grace and dignity that comes from knowing who you are, and whose you are. Prayers are going up for you. God Bless!

  • Ginny

    Dearest JC, God’s got your back, there is a reason you found out about the second nodule on Good Friday… one is promised an easy journey but we are promised that we do not have to walk it alone……I will be watching and waiting to hear how you are doing and if it is God’s will that your path and His are not the same I will be praying to you along with all my family members that have fought the good fight to the end with this thing called CANCER… and yours are in my thoughts and prayers and know you are loved by our Lord and all His angels here on earth……God Speed and God Bless………..Fondly Ginny McKnew, Beltsville Md

  • Reggie Kelley

    Dear J.C.:

    I am saddened to hear that you have been diagnosed with breast cancer. I can certainly understand what you’re going through to a certain degree, because I was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes about one year ago. Already, you sound like me when you say that you will win this battle. After 1 year of classes, watching my diet, and exercising, I now have my diabetes under complete control. I know that you can win this fight, just like you won the battle for Women’s Right when you became the 1st female television news anchor in the country some 40 years ago. I still have fond memories of serving you and the rest of your news team at the Booy Monger restaurant during the 1970s after your 11:00pm news broadcast. Stay strong my Sister, because you have the support and prayers of so many people in the Metro DC area.


  • Richard Glover

    Dr. Hayward,
    You may remember attending my very first Wine Tasting, at the Hominey Lounge on Ust. You blessed us with your presence, and everytime I have seen you since then you are always approachable and friendly. I stand with and am praying for you, you have my prayers that you are more than a conquer. Nothing formed against you shall prosper..God is with you and so are we your fans..You will rise above this to be a Shining Cancer Survivor and example for Women and Men all over the world.

    Keeping you in Prayer!!!

    Richard Glover

  • Alisha Stevenson

    Thank you for sharing such a private story of yourself.
    I have watched you on channel 9 for several years.
    I will be praying for you every step of the way.
    I know you will be just fine. Good luck to you.
    Get well soon!

  • Melanie

    On Wednesday the ultrasound showed that my area of concern was benign. It’s strong women like you that inspire me. God bless you and thank you for sharing!

  • Brenda

    God will walk with you all the way. My prayers are with you.

  • Julio

    JC – Thank you for sharing your story. All my love and support to you as you embark on this journey. I grew up hearing your voice while I ate dinner, or played with my toys. I don’t live in the area now, but every now and then I get home and make my rounds of the news channels, just to check in with you all. God bless.

  • Gail

    J.C. – you will get through this and we will be cheering you on. By going public you are giving courage to all women in the greater Washington, D.C. area. Please keep us up-to-date on your journey, We will be with you.

  • Steve Thompson

    Ms. Hayward,
    You are such a beautiful woman, inside and out! God has you in His loving hands right now. He is allowing you to go through this to prepare you for another journey. You have such a wonderful attitude about this whole situation…”it is just a bump in the road,”…”I might have to take a few detours,” etc. God sees your faith and He will reward you. I remember watching you on television as a small child, growing up in Northern Virginia, a number of years ago. I live in North Carolina now, so I don’t get the chance to see you on TV anymore, unless I am in the are visiting friends. I will be praying for you, for strength and courage to face whatever you have to face for treatment, for peace that comes only from God, in knowing He is with you and for His healing hand to be upon you. Keep your faith and know that if it seems you are all alone, the Teacher is often silent during the test. I hope for a speedy recovery for you!!

  • Lance

    JC, a warrior, a trooper, a fighter. Hold on to your faith, for it will get you through this journey. We may not know what tomorrow brings, but we most certainly know today, this very second, through your courageous acts, you are saving lives. We are with you always. We love you.

  • Wanda Chapman

    Ms. Hayward I know that you will head off the cancer, and will continue to encourage others in striving for life. Keep your head up and God speed.

  • Barbara Runion

    Dear JC: I’ve watched you on Eyewitness News for several decades. You are such a class act and professional in every respect. I even saw you in person once when you gave a speech during “Federal Women’s Program Week” at the Naval Sea Systems Command in Crystal City, VA, sponsored by the EEO Office in which I worked. In reading your thoughts about dealing with breast cancer, you have great strength, courage and are a champion of causes. This time the cause is your own and I truly hope your cancer is in remission very soon and you can resume your normal life. Thanks for giving all women hope and courage who have been and will be diagnosed with breast cancer. You will beat this! Warm regards, Barbara J. Runion, Hyattsville, Maryland.

  • Kevin

    You have given so much to so many, I now will return the favor;
    your generosity has inspired a generation to give now instead of later
    Tirelessly you give of yourself to all those that will receive;
    know that I will always be here for you, especially in your most critical time of need;
    A smile that lights up the globe, several times over;
    you’ve championed unselfishness and gracefully lighten the burdens off countless shoulders
    I’ve seen you press on, when most would have quit;
    I looked in the dictionary under rare gem, your name was the first written in script
    God blesses us all with atleast one gift;
    however, he blessed you with so many and to be divinely equiped
    I love you for the queen you were designed to be;
    my daily inspiration is J.C. H A Y W A R D(spell each letter)…….:)

    • Gwen

      Dear J.C.,
      My family and I love you. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery. May God hold you tight in his loving and healing arms. I send you lots of hugs.

  • Joyce

    Hello JC, I”ve always admired you. Never met you personally, but felt like I have known you all my life. You are truly the epitome of leadership, courage, intellect and beauty, all wrapped up in your JC Hayward’s Nubian Queen package. God got you! HE made your body and HE will heal your body, and thanks for the courage you are sharing and giving to others.
    I Stand On God’s Holy Word, and declare healing for you and with your faith and all of our prayers, by HIS stripes, you are healed. We are claiming Victory!

  • Kimberly

    JC, I’m waiting on MRI results, your post today inspired me tremendously!

  • Dianne BC Survivor

    Hi JC
    I was diagnosed with DCIS in 2007. I had a lumpectomy and radiation and have been on tamoxifen since Valentine’s Day 2008. Like you I decided not to keep it a secret. Unlike you, I got laid off anyway. Please keep us posted. I kept a blog while I was being treated which is somewhat amusing:
    (I started radiation the day after Christmas 2007)
    I am doing great now. I also got some solice from the yahoo group for breast cancer.

  • Ken McDade

    JC, you are ABSOLUTLY my favorite newscaster and I will pray for good things to happen for you in the coming months. Please get well. I don’t know what I would do for news if you weren’t on during my days off on Monday and Tuesday. You are charming and a joy to behold and you make my day, I only want the best and you lady, are that!

    Love be your guide on this new journey, just know that you have thousands of prayers and you will never have to walk alone on this new path. Bless you!

    Ken M.

  • Kathleen

    JC. I am the cousin of one of your good friends (Joan C.). I too had breast cancer in 2009. It was very hard to hear that diagnosis. I immediately went into fight mode and from the date I found the lump to surgery was 4 weeks. Every roadblock in my way seemed to remarkably disappear. I completed chemo without any complications, finished my radiation treatments and started growing hair back just in time to see my son graduate from college in MS.

    Please know that Joan’s family is praying for you. You are so right about this being a journey and God will be there holding your hand all the way.

  • Stephanie

    Your faith will keep you through this – it too shall pass. Keeping you in prayer.

  • Gene Cowan

    JC – you’ve been a presence all my life, visiting my family in our living room every day. After all those years, I know you well enough to be certain of two things: first, that you are an incredibly strong woman and that strength will see you through this challenge; and second, that you will do it with an amazing sense of humor. Even though I’ve moved far away from DC, I’ll be checking in on you. You’ve made millions of friends over the years, and we’re all here for you.

  • B. Miller


    I’ve loved you ever since I’ve been able to turn on the tv and you played a major role in me selecting journalisim as my major in college.

    As you take on this new battle in your life, I know that you will win. I am sure that your positive attitude and winning spirit will see to it.

    As a loyal fan for years (too many to count), you definatley have my support and you (as well as your entire family) will remain in my prayers. No matter how bumpy the road my be ahead, seek peace in knowing that God has it all in control.

    Much love, respect and admiration,

    B. Miller

    P.S. I noticed you mentioned that you were working with Sibley Hospital. I just had a complete hip replacement with them at the age of 29 and you couldn’t possibly be in better hands. They are the best.

  • Edwina Love

    My prayers and blessings are with you through all of this…I am a 20 yr. survivor of
    breat cancer….Remember it is not a “death sentence”….Jackie and I got your back…
    YOU will get through this….We Love you and will follow you through this journey…
    Remember “ALL HANDS ON DECK” for SUPPORT…

  • Cyndi

    I just had a momogram on April 4th and it was good. You are my favorite and watch you at noon all the time. I applaud you for coming forth with your viewers … we are your extended family. Please keep us informed on your progress.

  • Delisa Smith

    I am in tears, but I want you to know I will be praying for you. And remember you are not alone, WE are your family and I truly care.. WE LOVE you and just know you WILL BEAT this.. #TEAM J.C HAYWARD — Thank you so much for sharing your story. You are truly a blessing and my 80 year old grandmother said, “she will be praying for you” she has been watching you for many many years.. This is why it feels like you are apart of the family. WE got your BACK!! LOVE YOU ALWAYS

  • Susan Lickey


    I have a word I came up with to tell my friends how much they mean to me they are like my family, and to tell my Family how I think of them as my best friends – that word is “FRAMILY”

    For you – your Fans are your Friends and with your Fans, Friends, and Family – we your Framily support love and keep you in our prayers, we lift you up to God and trust that he will keep you in the center of his will and with him all things are possible and this will only make you (if that is possible) a stronger woman and a women all women can look up too.

    God bless you and you will always be in my heart and prayers – God, touch this special member of my Framily and hold her up in this trying time of her life and with your grace and love she will prevail in your name Amen!

    Love you J.C. and thanks for letting us know how you are and letting your Framily be there spiritually for you! Big hugs~~ Suzy-Q

  • Diane

    JC, You are an insperation (not sure this is the correct spelling) to all of women, we all wish you good luck in beating this breast cancer, we all fill sure you will & a speedy recovery to you, lots of prayers for you are coming. Thanks for always doing the Buddy check 9. It is a very helpful information for all. Thanks again & God Speed……………

  • Julia Buchanan

    You know that you are in my prayers. Each time I hear the phrase, “I have breast cancer.” I pray. Is this going to be a rough journey? Yup. Remember you have been through rough journeys before. At the end of those rough journeys, you smiled your beautiful smile because you knew God is with you EVERY step of the way.

    We love you. With you making this journey public, you will educate the world. Thank-you for being so caring about your fellow human being.

  • http://newsusa9 Shannon Blaine


    Believe in God, your in his hands. Believe, hope, have faith. And kick the big C in the butt.
    I survived cancer 3 times, so can you! Your in my prayer’s and thought’s.

  • Laverne

    JC – You show such courage in sharing your story, hoping you will help others. May God bless you and restore you, and others battling this disease, to full health! Love you ~

  • Toni Body

    Ms.JC, God Bless You and Thank You So much for sharing your story. I myself am a 3 year survivor and find the best way to carry on in my recovery is to Pay it Forward” You truly give many Love,Faith,and Hope . I’m sending you a HUGE HUG and Warm Heart Beats of all of us Lifting You UP! …XOXO..Toni

  • Tina P.

    JC: I have been where you are going. I am a two year survivor of breast cancer. I know you will be fine, you have caught it early. Besides having faith in GOD, support from family & friends you must stay POSITIVE! You are a PINK WARRIOR!!! I will be walking for you and the rest of my breast cancer sisters on June 2nd. Much love, Tina P.

  • rae case

    It is such a tribute to you that so many of us feel you are family in good times and during this challenging journey. I had tears in my eyes and admiration in my heart today. All the best to you !! Producer Heather’s mother Rae

  • Carol Burrill

    JC, with GOD, your family and friends, you will get through this. I am praying for you to have a full recovery. GOD loves you and so do we.
    Remember, your support group and many people you have never met, are walking right along side with you.
    God Bless you and be with you.

  • Jeff

    JC I know you will beat this, your personality dictates that you will. God Speed!

  • ernestine brown

    JC, I will keep you in thoughts and prayers that you will get through this! May God Bless You and be with you throughout all this, stay strong and be encouraged.

  • Lynne

    God Bless you on this Journey! I an sure he and is Angles will take Good care of you! My prays are with you! I am sure with your strong faith, he will be with you.


  • Thelma Jones

    Jc, Thanks for sharing your journey with us and know that it will help to inspire others. I remember you so vividly in that stunning hat as the emcee of the ASALH Luncheon in February. As a four-year survivor with a rare form of breast cancer (unknown primary), I will travel this journey with you and use your story to help motivate and inspire the many breast cancer survivors that I work with daily as a breast health navigator at Smith Center for Healing and the Arts. Thelma Jones

  • Deborah Bulluck Page


    I wanted to take a moment to encourage you through this process. I have watched you for years. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. May the healing powers of the Lord flow through you daily. We love you.

    Deborah Bulluck Page

    Jeremiah 32:27 – Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?

  • Lesley Roth

    JC, thank you for sharing your story. You are part of this area’s community and there are many people who care about and support you, even if you have never met them! I will be praying for you!

  • Jackie Valone

    Dear JC

    Dear JC, I myself have been battling Stage IV lymphoma. I know how difficult it can get, but I have learned to live with hope and positive thoughts and I give thanks for every new day! and I have made this a path of adventure, gratitude and love. I have learned so much from it and I know you will too. I know it sounds odd, but you will become a much better person , although you are a wonderful lovely lady now, you will become even lovelier!!! and I am sure you will come through with flying colors! We also share the same dog groomer Dale!, i met your beautiful doggies one day when I brought my beloved Jules, who has since passed. I will pray for you, GOD IS SO GENEROUS!. I am still here thanks to so many prayers. Thanks for all you have done for us for 40 years as a maverick anchorwoman. Onward and UPWARD> much love!

  • Bonnie Fogel

    Dear J.C.
    Sarah Fogel and I are keeping you in our hearts and our prayers. Do you remember when you offered lunch and a tour of WUSA to BAPA’s Auction via your good friend Sara Lou Carter. Those were happy times. Sarah won the auction prize and you started her on her road to a career in journalism. She remembered everything you told her – especially about always being as nice to the camera guys and other tech support as you would be to the person you are interviewing. Sarah has worked for CBS 60 minutes, GMA, CNN, and is now working for Oprah as a producer. and BAPA has become Imagination Stage and is still going strong. You and I have been in touch a couple of times over the years on different stories but it hasn’t been enough. You have been such a mentor to both of us and we are with you every bit of the way on this one. Please let your crowd of supporters know what we can do to lighten your load until you come out into the sunlight again. Always and Forever, love, and esteem… Bonnie and Sarah.


    J.C., I am a mammographer in No. Va. I work with brave ladies like you every day. I feel God blessed to to be in this profession. You have an excellent outlook and I wish you all the best on your journey. You are tough and you are doing all the right things. I am sure your journey will be a successful one. God bless you now and always. Keep your head up and thank you for sharing your story.

  • Dennis


    I have been watching you on channel 9 since I moved to the area in 1991. I was taken back when I heard the news report tonight.

    While not the same, I was diagnosed with colon cancer in December 2010 at the age of 50. After surgery and six months of chemo, I am a stronger person for the experience. The key to beating this nasty disease is a positve attitude which I know you have. Being surrounded by friends and family is also important.

    It has only been nine months since I finished chemo and so far all repoerts have been good. I will be damned if this disease will beat me, and I know you feel the same way.

    You will be in my thoughts and prayers every day.

    Keep smiling!

  • Bobbi

    JC, Have watched you as many days as possible at noon. I was diagnosed with a ‘lump’ 5 days after my Mom passed away (Mom died on Sat. prior to Mother’s Day) ten years ago. I thought that God had given me more than I could bear. God in his/her wisdom was there for me thru the lumpectomy and thru the time before the results were given to me. It was a fat deposit. Only time I’ve been happy to hear I had fat deposited anywhere. My point is, that God doesn’t give us more than we can handle, although it may seem like it. I’ve had more lumps since, have one now, and they never stop scaring me. Attitude is everything. Take it a day at a time, work thru it and keep going. The fear didn’t stop me and it won’t stop you. Look at the support you have. We all will keep you on our thoughts, prayers and hearts. Hugs

  • Kim


    I too was diagnosed with breast cancer on Feb. 28, 2012 and just had a double mastectomy. Like you, I am taking the high road and having a positive attitude towards this. I see this as a new chapter of my life that I will overcome and you will to. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers as we both go through this journey.

  • Carla Bisagni

    Wow…this was a shock to me, but I know that you’ll fight the good fight. I remember watching you at dinnertime with my family when I was little, and my mom and I still watch you. My grandmother passed away in 1984 of breast cancer (which she fought off and on for several years), my mom had a scare with it that turned out to be benign, and several of my mom’s friends have beaten it. Because of them, I have started really taking charge of my own health by working out, watching what I eat, and I’ll hopefully be getting my first mammogram soon. My goal is to walk in the 2013 Avon breast cancer walk, and now you’re another one of my inspirations for me to walk in it! ROCK ON!

  • Louise Locke

    Dearest J.C.,

    Sibley (to include its very competent physicians, staff, & the latest high-tech diagnostic equipment) is the BEST hospital in the world for your present condition.
    Both my mother and I know this from personal experience.
    In April 1993, when living in Pa., Mother (Hilma M.) was misdiagnosed with a benign lump.
    A precious half year went by before Mom sensed that something was really awry.
    Unhesitatingly, I brought her ASAP to see my fabulous and brilliant breast surgeon (Dr. Petrucci), who excised two lumps from my own breast at Sibley in the early 1990′s.

    Dr. Petrucci (with Sibley’s pathologists) indubitably diagnosed my mother with infiltrating lobular carcinoma.
    And, as in your case, he also discovered another, second lesion.
    Mom’s mastectomy was performed Thanksgiving Friday, 1993 at Sibley.

    I’m pleased to say that my mother has been completely cancer-free for nearly 20 years.
    And, sweet J.C., you will be too!
    Please contact me if you’d like to talk or meet for lunch (my treat, of course).
    In the meantime, do know that our Lord can give you peace, comfort, and hope!
    Keep the faith as you progress on your new and enlightening journey.

    God bless!

    With affection and love,

  • Ann McDermott

    I knew when you were making your announcement today what you were going to say. Those of us who have been through this (I am a breast cancer survivor (it will soon be 23 – yes – 23 years since my mastectomy) have a instinct for this and I want you to know that I will pray for you and you are a strong woman and you will beat this. May God protect you and give you the strength to banish this cancer.

  • Pam Butler

    Dear JC ~ I am a faithful daily viewer & fan. Also, a Soror and Jane Davis Adams’ cousin.

    May God rest his healing hands on you and keep them there through your journey and beyond.

  • Stephi

    What a wonderful example you are for everybody! Your positive attitude even though you must be as frightened as any of us would be, is inspiring! You have legions of fans pulling for you and sending you strength every step of the way. Also, never underestimate the healing power of Yorkie kisses!!

  • Lana

    I`m so sorry to hear about your diagnoses. I was diagnosed in 2002 with the same diagnoses as you. I had my surgury at Sibley. as well. Your Doctor is my Doctor. I would suggest Dr. Barr for your oncologist. He is great and is always available. I sure you will do well. Good Luck and be strong. You`ll make it.

  • Curt Canada

    I simply admire you and always have enjoyed your noon broadcast. Speak it forward and you did which is the prerequisite to the mindfulness we speak of which is so synergisitic and powerful. I hear you deeply,I am listening intently and my prayers are daily with you as you embark upon the newness and adaptation to all those cells moving in so many directions correcting and balancing and duplicating and replicating and eradicating what is to happen to bring about this new you. Continue to let your light shine! A new ear for you beyond the broadcast industry !

  • Carole West

    I am still in shock at your news,but I know you will triumph over this new journey. As you know, I am a 16 year cancer survivor and as long as you keep a positive attitude and trust in God, you will be fine. Please call me or email me if you want to talk and get some more encouragement. I had the help and love from my husband to carry me and you have a whole community of help and love. You WILL overcome this and have an even greater appreciation of life and friends. You are in my prayers and I know God will bless you with a full recovery. In case you don’t have my number, call the lab and talk to my husband for our home phone. Sandra sends her love, too.

  • Tammy

    -JC, I have enjoyed watching you for the last 40 years. I will pray for your recovery. My mother-in-law had a lumpectomy in 1988. She went through chemo and lost her hair. She just celebrated her 80th birthday in March. So, a cancer diagnosis is not always a death sentence. Keep the faith! I applaud you for sharing your situation with the viewers . I am sure it will help many to see it.

  • anna vandyke

    JC….you are in our prayers and thoughts….I know that the Lord will be watching over you.
    Our daughter will be walking the Susan G Komen walk again this year….it is her 3rd year in a row She walks for many of our friends that are surviors….we will add your name to her list.:)
    You will be fine…stay positive and focus on the good things… you said..this is a bump in the road..
    God’s speed my dear
    we will light candles at church for you and pray for you each day
    God be with you
    hugs and love
    anna and family

  • gloria

    I was diagnosed with breast cancer when I was 47 (2005) found it myself 4 months after my mamogram. With the support of my family and friends and my positive attitude I have been able to survive this disease. I go to georgetown hosp for my treatments. Keep your head held high and you get through this. Love you JC!


  • Jackie

    JC, I agree we need to share information about our journeys with breast cancer. I did. I was diagnosed 3 weeks before I retired. But I praise God that I’m now almost an 8 year survivor. I went through chemo and radiation treatmens. My mass was about 2cm right below the nipple and had spread to 2-3 lymph nods but by God’s grace it had not spread any further. It had been caught early. With the advancements in treating the disease I feel you have a very good chance of beating it. My prayers are with you as you start your journey. God Bless and Keep you. Just take it one day at a time.

  • Dee

    Dear JC,

    I was shocked to hear the news story but know that you have lots of love and support around you.

    Know that god will be watching over you as he did with me 13 years ago when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I had a lumpectomy, went through Chemo, and radiation it was hard but I had my family, and god with me through it all. It has made me a stronger person.

    They have made great progress in treatments even from 13 years ago. Keep your faith and know god will be holding your hand and will be there with you all the way.

    You and your family will be in my prayers.

  • Annette

    J.C. GOD Is Able!!! HE is a Healer and there is nothing too hard for GOD. With GOD all things are possible!

    • Sheryle Williams

      I have enjoyed watching you since I moved here from Ohio 5yrs ago. I will follow your journey & keep you in my prayers, You are an Amazing woman & you inspire me!

  • Kathy


    Wishing you the very best….Stay Strong and ” FIGHT LIKE A GIRL” !!!!!
    My mother is a breast cancer survivor…..Prayers coming your way.

  • Andria

    JC – I watch you religiously and I was shocked to hear your news. I just wanted you to know that you will constantly be in prayers and I know that GOD will get you through this journey. Take care and God Bless you always.

  • Andria

    JC – I watch you religiously and I was shocked to hear your news. I just wanted you to know that you will constantly be in my prayers and I know that GOD will get you through this journey. Take care and God Bless you always.

  • Dee

    Dear J.C.,
    You are the ANCHOR for so many, many women and I want you to know that you will not be going on this journey alone. I pray GOD places his healing hands on you and I wish I could give you a hug.
    Love and admiration from a long time viewer and admirer!

  • AlexandraM

    Ms. Hayward,

    I am a longtime fan and admirer of you and WUSA News dating back to the late 1980′s. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers as you fight this battle. I have several close friends who are breast cancer surviors, including my aunt who was diagnosed at age 77 and is active and in good health today at age 82. I sincerely wish you the very best during this time.

  • rl’s g

    i just prayed 4 u JC. on 4/6/2012

  • susan glick

    JC we are with you and pray for your quick and complete recovery. My mother had breast cancer more than 20 years ago and just turned 91 this March. God bless.

  • June Kidwell

    JC , I will have you in my prayers everyday. I have watched you from the first time you started on 9. You are like a dear friend. Prayers do help . Take care JC. Will follow you thru this,and remember God is always there and he always hears our Prayers

  • Jo Ann Howe

    Dear J.C.: So sorry to hear the announcement on the news tonight that you have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Just to share a bit. I am a 14yr survivor. And I have great faith that you will share that prognosis as well. You will be in my daily prayers. Jo Ann

  • Melissa Irby

    JC, you have been in my life since I was a child. Seeing you is as normal to me as seeing someone in my family and I look forward to that for many years to come. I wish you health and happiness and I’m sending you all the positive energy I can muster. Stay vigilant, you WILL beat this!

    <3 Melissa

  • Margie Ross

    J.C., I am so sorry to hear of your diagnosis. It is a bitter shock, but you will get through it and be a stronger woman because of it. In 1981, I received the same diagnosis which had spread to the lymph nodes. After undergoing a year of chemo, I have been cancer free for 31 years. You are in my prayers and be very strong, because after you have beat this disease, the sky will be bluer, the trees will be greener, and you will be very aware of the love around you.

  • Adrienne F. Wood

    Stay strong, my Soror!

  • Carol S

    JC just one short year ago I got the same news. It is a journey no one wants to take, but it too became a blessing. Believe me you will be surrounded with love. Prayers for you will keep the angels busy. You will be in the thoughts of thousands during every step of your journey. When finally the cancer free day comes, life seems even sweeter.

  • Randy Causey

    JC, you’ve been a guest, a familiar face, a friend and family in our homes (on the tube) for forty years. You’ve earned our respect and and we know you as a steadying influence throughout our communities. Please know that there are thousands of us who would hold your hand as you face this bump in the road. We have shed a tear or two for you as you passed this news to us. We would rather smile with you on the day you are declared “cancer free”. You are in the thoughts and prayers of thousands throughout this area you call home.

  • Lisa

    Look at the effect that you’ve had on the community…I thought I would never get to the bottom of all the well wishes to leave my message…YOU are loved! I’ve watched you deliver the news for years and have enjoyed every minute. My uncle LOVED some JC…he used to giggle like a school boy everytime you came on television. My prayers are with you as you begin this journey. I believe, your journey will inspire others in the community to get exams for all types of cancer screenings; so I THANK YOU. Additionally, my thanks to Andrea Roane for being a great support to you, as well. Be Well…

  • Annamarie

    JC – I wrote to you when I was a teen, asking you how you prepared to become a TV reporter. You wrote back to me, recommending that I read everything I could, and to go to college. Of course, I followed your advice :-) At age 56, I am a healthy 11-year survivor of advanced ovarian cancer. All you can do is take one day at a time and keeping something fun on the calendar at all times. You are doing a great service for women and the men who love them by sharing your journey. God bless you, JC!

  • LaVonda Harley

    Ms. Hayward, I am so sorry to hear about your diagnosis, but I absolutely LOVE and am inspired by your strength and courage. While I have never been diagnosed with Cancer, I have had several biopsies and was terrified while waiting for the results. Your positive attitude and outlook for the future gives everyone hope and I pray that your treatment(s) will be successful! I offer you my support and will keep you and your family in my prayers. May God continue to bless you. Good luck on your journey!

  • Diane

    I am a Washingtonian and have followed you for years and always admired you. I am sorry to hear you have joined this club that no one wants to be a member of, but I just recently went through bc and all the stuff that comes with it and I am doing great! Your journey will be full of prayers and love and you will do great too!

  • Annette

    JC you have such a positive personality! You have many blessing and will do well ! I will pray for you. Keep that beautiful smile!

  • Josie Mc

    JC — I am sorry to hear of your recent diagnosis. I too am just beginning my breast cancer journey. After having a lumpectomy in February, I begin 20 weeks of chemo next week and am dreading losing my hair, but am trying to make the best of all this by buying pretty scarves and funky wigs. I am scared but I agree with you totally about not wallowing in self pity and dealing with the here and now. I am trying to be strong and will follow you as we “journey” together. I wish you the best. Stay strong . . . . and fight like a girl!

  • Ben M.

    JC, you are so loved and supported. In 1984 my mother was diagnosed with breast ca. Today she is stilll going strong and will soon be 93 yrs old. My sister is going through treatment at this time. She has finished her Chemo and is now in radiation. She is my Rock and Martina McBride says, We Will Love You Through It. All Prayers and Blessing to you.

  • Bob L Jones

    you are one of my long time favorite anchors on CH9, you have ways to encourage folks
    and certainly me with just your smile. Seeing you care for others has always been a
    joy for me. I am so sorry to hear of your cancer.. and want you to know that your Faith
    will set you Free, your Faith will make you whole and renew your Strength.
    I am praying for you day by day. Bob in Arlington VA

  • Tom C

    So sorry about your condiition but so love your attitude. That will get you through much of your challenge.

    I am a 57 year old native Washingtonian who has enjoyed your presence on the news these many years.

    I feel compelled to share with you that I have been going through a debilitating health issue since 2005. An athletic person, fit, active and considered the rock n my family it has been hard for my kids now 13 and 17 to adjust to this over the last 7 years. My employer was not kind (in fact criminally so) and I ultimately have been forced out of work after over a year with no pay.. Somehow God and family and friends, or God through family and friends has sustained me. My attitude has been it is what it is, no pity party, live a glass half full – even with a broken glass!

    People are amazed at my attitude, doctors say it is key to my recovery, and personally I could have it no other way – which from reading your amazing note appears to be the same with you!

    If you love people the only way to have them in your life is to be positive. Even if you don’t love people the only way to have a LIFE is to be positive.

    God bless you, I am praying for your complete recovery.

  • Bob L Jones

    May this musical selection be an encouragment to you JC and to
    others who may be having illness or are discouraged.


  • The Obama Christian Church in Damascus, Md.

    Our parishoners at the Obama Christian Church here in Damascus, Maryland want to help you with our good healthy Easter celebration do the doctor worship and praise of president Obama being God and working with the Lord above in your good recovery. Obama will be the new Lord and Messiah of the world under Jehovah’s tutelage on October 21st of this year. This is the good news gospel of Obama and God above. We need to worship and praise Obama and Christ for a good christian profile. You need to read the good gospels of Obama and Christ so that you will recover better. Satan causes sickness and the Lord creates health. Good cameraderie and congruence to consider for your personal domain. Things work together for the positive. Our church wishes you well in your good recovery!

  • Nancy

    Thanks JC for being brave enough to let us take this journey with you. Not only will we not be as frightened when our time comes, but we will all know the standard of care. So if our doctors or insurance companies try to take a shortcut, we will be able to say, “that’s now how JC was treated.” I’m glad Andrea is being your Buddy. My dog Luci would love for your dogs to have a sleepover anytime you are not feeling well. Nancy

  • Michon

    I am with you, beside you, behind you in this journey, J.C. I am glad to read this has not diminished your gracious and champion spirit. You are fabulous always. I will keep you in my prayers. Michon

  • Carolyn J

    Ms Hayward,
    You are in my prayers. We know that with God all things are possible and He will surely see you through this. My sister was diagonosed with Breast Cancer in 2009 and she is now on the other side of the diagnosis. Because you caught it early, you will be fine I am sure. Your positive attitude is half the battle. On the other side of this you will have a testimony (remember that if you don’t have a test, you cannot have a testimony and this is just a test for you). As an RN, I wish that all my patients had your attittude and fine spirit. Keep your eyes looking to God and all will go smoothly. I look forward to hearing of your continued progress,.

  • Tiffany N

    JC, you have so many people keeping you in their thoughts and prayers! You are truly an inspiration to others to let them go on this journey with you by making it public. My Mom is a 12 year breast cancer survivor. After having a lumpectomy and 4 lymph nodes removed, she had 2 months of radiation treatment. She was on Tamoxifen for 5 years. She goes every 6 months now to see her Oncologist and so far she is still cancer free. Please know you have a huge support system. You might not know us all personally, but we are with you every step of the way!

  • bonnie k

    Good for you JC. Sharing your fight with others will give you strength. I was diagnosed 8 years ago and had a lumpectomy–chemo and radiation followed. I am still going strong and just had a check-up in March.I have been tuned in to you since we moved to this area almost 40 years ago and I will be proud to be with you through your journey.Please let me know if there is any way that I can help.Bonnie

  • Connie F

    JC, I am so sorry to hear of this news. May God will wrap his loving arms around you and bless you with his love and mercy. I will keep you in my daily thoughts and prayers. Don’t ever stop smiling. There are so many people that don’t even know you but love you. I’m one of them. GOD BLESS YOU and keep you safe and strong through the coming weeks.

  • Natalie Ford

    I am so sorry to hear about you having cancer. As a 32 year old single mother of four, I have now learned that it is very important to take care of my health. I now also teach my kids that also. I have watch you since I was a little girl. You have also spoken at Hearst School when I was young. I remember thinking that lady is the bomb! I said one day I hope to be as smart and rich as she has become. Lately you spoke at my childhood chruch. My daughter came home and yelled “Ma guess who was at chruch today?” She yelled a diva. She said this lady looked looked a million bucks. She also said that you were very smart and she listened to your story. Since she is fourteen, this was something big for me to hear. She went on to talk about you the whole day. My dad explained to her that you worked hard and have given alot back to get where you are today. I say all of this to let you know that you are Loved!! You have done so much and given so much of your time to people. God has your back. Not only does he have your back but others do too. I am not a personal friend of yours but I feel like I am. My mother died when I was sixteen from cancer. It broke my heart. I didn’t understand it then. I got through it though! You are a stong woman, and you will beat this. I will be following your story but most of all I will be praying for you.

  • Wanda

    Great is GOD’s faithfulness and it is faith that begets miracles. It is already a wonderful demonstration of faith by being transparent with announcing the diagnosis. This act alone is walking in true freedom that can not overshadowed by fear. Know that GOD is for you and that is more than the world of cancer against you. i stand in prayer for you as your exchange your burdens casting them on the ONE who cares for you. It was indeed a blessing to see the Holy Bible displayed in the early journey pictures. All the promises of GOD are there for you!

  • Ann

    Dear JC,

    I just finished treatment for stage 2, triple negative breast cancer and I’m really, really doing great! Take one day at a time, put yourself first and learn how to say “no.” A positive attitude is essential — you can do this!! Thank you for sharing your journey. We must let women know that breast cancer is the most beatable cancer that affects women – early detection is the key! God bless and keep you!

  • Cindy Strakal

    I am so sorry to hear about your breast cancer diagnosis. I was diagnosed in April 2010, have had a lumpectomy, chemotherapy, radiation, and a masectectomy and am doing quite well. It was so much easier on me to share everything and have everyone’s support. Keep a positive attitude and have everyone praying for you. Put everything in God’s hands and you will be fine. Fight Hard and Never Give Up Hope!! And yes, your hair will grow back and be thicker and prettier than ever. We will all get each other through this bump in the road. You live your life – don’t let cancer rule you. And stay as active as you can. It really does help. I’m keeping you in my prayers!

  • Suzanne

    JC – I was so sorry to hear about your diagnosis. You’ve inspired me for years and continue to do so during this new journey. My prayers are with you for a full recovery! God Bless!

  • Eric from GA

    JC, you are in my thoughts and prayers. I wish you well, as I pray and hope that the Good Lord will bless you, heal you, and be with you, every step of the way. You’re loved by many… and you truly mean a lot to so many.

  • Betty K.

    My prayers are with you and I know that you are going to be alright. It is a journey no one wants to take, just know that God love you, and put him first in all you do! remember this is just a bump in the road for you just keep the faith, and I will keep praying for you!

  • Mary G.

    Dear Ms.Hayward,
    I will be praying for you i was told last year on my birthday Month of June 24 that you have breast cancer see at that time ,i thought that was the end of the world but my children was there they were my insperation to go on and im just 45 my children range from 23, 14 ,and 6 years old i have to much living to worry about anything else so i went through chemo,radiation and now i am in remission so hang in there ,God have your back stay strong thats how i made it…… I love you and your show…….

  • Regina Smith

    JC I watch your broadcast everyday and find it very informative and inspirational. You will be in my prayers as you win the fight over this cruel disease. God’s Blessings upon your life.

  • Lisa Jones

    Many, many prayers to you. I’m sure you sharing your journey with so many will help others and well as you.

  • T.

    JC – I’m sorry to hear about your breast cancer diagnosis. I was just diagnosed February 1, 2012 with Stage III. I thought about it keeping it private, but a good friend of mine said “The more people who know, the more prayers goes up”. Once I told everyone, I discovered so much unexpected support I had around me. I try to live everyday with a positive attitude looking forward to the day I will be cancer-free, even though some days are rough following the chemo sessions. I’ll keep in my prayers.

    Also Happy 40th Anniversary as an news anchor. I can remember 20 years ago when you were a guest speaker at my high school.

    I’ll keep in my prayers. Never Give Up! Never Surrender!

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  • Claudette Walker Johnson

    I am praying for you and your recovery, you are in God’s hands.

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  • nancy

    dear JC, I will be praying for your recovery. and place you name on my church’s prayer list. we have a group of little old ladies who are prayer warriors. nance

  • Ada Evans

    Ms. Hayward,
    I am a lifelong resident of the D.C. area. and have been watching Channel 9 News for decades.

    I feel as if I know you personally!

    I want to wish you blessings and complete healing as you meet this challenge.

    I so admire you for your willingness to share with other this personal and private journey.

    I will lift you up in prayer in my daily prayers.

    “If God be for us, who can be against us.”

    “For with God, all things are possible.”

    “And we know that all things work together for good for those who love the Lord…”

  • Velvet Johnson

    JC our thoughts and prayers are with you. God is with you all the way as well. He will never leave or forsake you. Much love from the Johnson family.

  • Sharon Bowler-Costa

    Dear JC,
    I was so sorry to hear your report on Friday about your breast cancer. How brave of you to share this with your listeners. I have watched you for many, many years and always admired you and your positive and upbeat reports. That attitude will certainly get you through this and who better to be by your side than Andrea! I feel like you are a member of my family and will continue to follow your journey, all the time sending my love, support and prayers. God Bless you, JC.

  • Leslie Holden

    Ms. Hayward,
    Just heard about your journey this morning. May our Lord Jesus Christ continue to bless and keep you. I am making my appointment for my mamogram today.

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  • Adrienne Keesee Gantt

    Thank you for sharing! I will travel with you on this courageous journey and will be praying all the way through. Thank again for your courage, you are an inspiration and always have been!

  • Sherry Boone

    JC is always in my prayers and I keep high spirits and only thoughts of strength and joy and all GODS grace for her journey.

    Even in her personal journey , JC is always thinking of others- how they can be helped and benefit from what she is experiencing- she is truly an inspiration to me and all of us.

    Albert and I gave her a call this morning -left a message at her home and also called her cell a few minutes ago. She was getting blood work and we were informed she would be getting back with us.

    I love you and have a blessed , grace , filled day,


  • A Male Survivor

    Hi JC,

    I heard the news this morning from Andrea and Mike. Wanted to send you a “GET WELL… ALL IS WELL” greeting.
    You, Andrea, Lesli, Anita, Kristin and Delia are six of DC’s finest, classy, confident, and gracious news Anchors ever…
    I am a lung cancer/NHL survivor and know without any doubt that prayer changes things. So rest assured, thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. God bless you JC.

  • Katrina Murray

    Dear J.C.,

    First let me start by saying God is the healer! Thank you for bring us on your journey! I was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2012; had surgery on February 22nd and I am now on my third day of radiation therapy and back at work. You are in the best hands–God and your capable health care team! Be encouraged! I am praying for you and remember we are more than conquerors!

  • Minnie

    My Prayers are with you at this time. God is still in the healing business and he will be with you every step of the way. I love your positive attitude.

  • S. Yvette Williams

    God is a healer! Be blessed and stay encouraged. Surround yourself with family, friends, and beauty every single day.

  • KaTrina J. Miller

    OMG- J.C. I was in the bathroom when I heard you talking to Andrea. It sounded like me! When I was diagnosed with breast cancer Stage 1, in April of 2004, I was 35 years old. I said those EXACT same words that you were telling Andrea. “I am getting a bilateral masectomy because I don’t want to have to spend the rest of my life wondering is in in the other breast.” The Surgeon was explaining my options and he hesitated when I said that, but he completely agreed. So on June 2, 2004, I had bilateral masectomy and breast reconstruction on the same day. It was an 8 hour procedure and I was released after only one night and sent home. I had a family trip scheduled for Las Vegas in July, and we went and had a great time. I’m not saying I wasn’t in pain, but I was relieved. A few weeks or months (can’t remember how long) I began my weekly treatments of having saline put into my breasts. That was some pain each time, but I went to work each time that same day. Then watching my breast grow each time became “fun” to my close co-workers. You will be able to tell the doctor how big you want your breast to be, they put ports in each of my sides to hook up the saline. You may choose to get nipples tattooed on by some of your skin. And the good thing is your breast will NEVER SAG.

    I didn’t have to do and chemo or radiation because the doctor felt she had retrieved more than the normal amount of lymphnodes to determine the cancer had been removed. I have told this story to so many breast cancer friends and some have actually gotten the same procedure. AND the most important thing is to stay positive and know that GOD will see you through. Sharing your story will help so many other men and women, including yourself. I would love to meet you and perhaps start a support group for other women to be encouraged. Your other option can be to have some of your stomach removed and replaced in your breast. (makes you lose that tummy.) God Bless You !!
    Oh and we are amongst the Susan G. Komen 5K walk team each year since 2004. Our team is Promise to Promyce. My daughter’s name is Promyce and she has participated in the walk. Her first two years, she walked the 5K, after that she has RUN it each time with a family member. She will be 14 this year.

  • Michele Larson

    JC, may God be with you. I know you will overcome this. My sister is a breast cancer survivor and also chose to have both breasts removed (our mother had breast cancer also and had been diagnosed with it in one breast, then two years later in the other). She is a 15 year survivor and is doing great! You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Jeannette Mendonca

    to our beloved JC,

    You are a brave, amazing woman and your journey will be another inspiration point for so many who love you. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Your Hospice Caring family

  • Barbara Black MD

    JC my prayers are with you at this time.I am a retired urologist and was on the staff at Sibley for many many years. In January 1995 I too was diagnosed with breast cancer. After 2 biopsies with tumor still in the margins I elected to have a left mastectory with immediate reconstruction, all done at “my hospital”, Sibley.I did very well, until exactly 5 years later, when on routine mammogram I was found to have at tumor in the right breast. Again after biopsy there was residual tumor, so I again elected to have a mastectomy and reconstruction at Sibley. I required no chemo or radiation, but was on a course of tamoxophen and femara after the second camcer. I see my oncologist every 6 months and am doing just fine. As you said today, you want to sleep well at night and enjoy life. I am and have been been since 2000!
    I commend you on your decision to go ahead an have the mastectomies and reconstuction.. You have an excellent surgeon.and will get wonderful care at Sibley. I know that as a former staff member and pattient.

  • Dorothy Parrott and Family

    Good Luck JC.

    We will keep you in our prayers. Stay strong.

    God Bless you.

  • Pat

    I was watcing a segment of your Hero Circle today. I went to the web site to find out about the Reading Literacy Program.

    Something else got my attention too. I watched the video about your breast cancer. I am so happy that you decided to show your story with us. Your journey will help a plethora of women. So, I stand beside you in your journey. My prayers and continued support are with you.


  • Maria Osborne

    Hi J.C. I just wanted you to know that my mother and sister are praying for you and the out come of your surgery. Also, Rev. Kelly along with Trinity A.M.E. Zion Church family are also praying for you. I will send you messages and well wishes every day and God be with you.

  • Darlene Batchelor

    JC, I was saddened to hear about your recent breast cancer diagnosis. My parents and I have been watching you on the WUSATV9 noon news for years now. First of all, I want you to know that you will be in my daily thoughts and prayers every step of the way through your journey.
    I am a new Breast Cancer Survivor myself. I was diagnosed on 10/26/2011 with Breast Cancer.
    I found my tumor myself while doing my Self-Check. I actually found the tumor for the first time in 2008, but I was told by my Dr. that it was normal breast tissue and nothing to be concerned about–so therefore since I figured the Dr’s. knew what they were doing– I didn’t pursue it any further, ’til I noticed the tumor again this yr. in Sept. So they scheduled a follow-up mammogram and a Sonogram on only the right breast where I found the tumor. Sure enough, there was the tumor that I had felt/found. I feel very blessed and fortunate in my diagnosis that I didn’t have to have any chemo, just 6 1/2 weeks of radiation treatments. That, in itself was a huge relief for me. I finished my last radiation treatment Fri 4/6. WOOHOO! One milestone reached and completed. Now all I have to do is take Tamoxifen for the next 5 yrs. I chose to have a double masectomy because I have Breast Cancer in my family. I have 3 children. A son, 20 and in college, and 2 daughters, 20 and in college, and a 15 yr. old daughter. They are my world and I have/want to be here for them, so being that my goal was to do whatever I could possibly do to be a Survivor, I chose that path w/the double masectomy. I opted to have reconstruction, and only have 1/4 of the way to go to get that completed. If it wasn’t for the Love & Support from my wonderful family, great friends, my three children, and all of the many constant prayers, I honestly don’t think I could have made it through my journey on my own. I thank GOD each and every day for keeping me in the palms of his hands during my 6 hr. surgery and also on a daily basis. I have such a different perspective on LIFE, Every new day that I wake up it’s a good day and I thank GOD for each and every one. I live each and every day to the fullest as if it were my last, because none of us are promised tomorrow.
    I am the youngest of 4 girls, no brothers, and our oldest sister was diagnosed w/Uterine Cancer exactly 3 weeks before I got my Breast Cancer diagnosis. She had a full hysterectomy and is now, also Cancer Free! THANK GOD! Her Cancer was confined to only one pollup, and she didn’t have to have any radiation or chemo post-operative.

    FIGHT LIKE A GIRL JC, and NEGU (Never Ever Give Up!) You will make it through this, I have no doubt, cause you are such a strong and remarkable woman. Sending many XOXO and much <3 your way………….


  • Carlene Roy

    Dear JC Haywood

    You will be fine. It’s the shock of knowing you have cancer than the treatment. Once you accept it all the fear will go away. You are a strong woman. I too had breast cancer in 2008. I had radiation only and the surgery. I am ding fine. Still cancer free and a cancer survivor for 4 years.
    May God give you the strength to go through as I know you will. I will keep in touch and follow your progress. All of us wish you a speedy recovery.

    God bless you.

  • Gerri

    JC…WOW!!! We never know when something will hit us…You have done a great job of telling us yourself about your travel through this health journey…Remember if God bring’s us to something he will bring us through it…Sometime, things happen for reasons and one thing is for sure we have no clue as to WHY…But! rest a sure You have a lot of friends praying for you each an everyday…You will get thorough this just fine….Continue to let God lead and guide you through it all!
    God Bless – Much Love

  • Kathy Bell

    My prayers and thoughts are with you. Keep the faith.
    Thanks for sharing this journey with us all.

  • C W Powell

    J C I’ve been in this area since 1975 and I don’t remember when I first started watching you , but it seems as if you have always been there, so I want you to know that I too have faced some life threatening health challenges and came out on the other side. I wish you full recovery. Keep your best vision constant and let God do the rest.

  • Ginger

    I was shocked to learn of your diagnosis, JC. I’m a survivor of 6 years, my prayers are with you.


    JC- May God Bless you through this journey. I will keep you in my prayers and meditation.

  • Tracy B


    As a native Washingtonian, I grew up watching you on Channel 9. Your image and warm personality come into my home daily and somehow make it a little easier to swallow the sometimes sad news you deliver. Now that you have received your own difficult news, I am honored to pray for you and with you that God will heal your body as He has kept your spirit all these years. Be healed and be blessed. And, thanks for sharing so that so mnay can give back to you what you’ve given us for over 35 years.

  • Mary M. Williams

    You are such a shining star for sharing your journey with your audience. May you be blessed.

  • Limousine Linda

    Fear not J.C.! You are truly blessed with the most AWESOME doctor on earth. Dr. Collette Magnant has been my doctor for the last twenty years. Please know she will take the greatest care of you humanly possible. You are soooo tremendously lucky to have her by your side as you endure this pain in the _ _ _ (sounds like gas). You are gonna be just like new really soon. I will be heck for your total and complete and uneventful recovery.

    May The Force Be With You!!!!!

    Limousine Linda

  • Ellen Marie Nelson

    Ms. Hayward, I wish I could give you a hug. I am a breast cancer survivor and like you, I discovered my lump. I was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer in May of 2010 and completed treatment that consisted of a lumpectomy, chemo and radiation. The toughest part was losing my hair. I told my cancer story in a local newspaper publication called Southern Maryland Woman. Here is the link if you would like to read my story and the other ladies who have beat this disease. I wish you the best. Remember God loves you and you are not alone. This is a tough journey but it is very rewarding. You will discover how much people love you and care for you and it is very humbling. I am sorry that I got cancer, but my life is so much fuller now. I only hope the beast remains at bay. Stay positive and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Information is power. You will survive. Hugs to you. Ellen

  • Robin


    I just want you to know that I will continue to keep you in my prayers. I watch you all the time on the noon show, I even remember the day you couldn’t put your eyebrows on. Wink, Wink! I feel like you are an honorary mother to me. You are strong, intelligent, charismatic, and beautiful, and will continue to be even through this. Just remember, this too shall pass. Keep fighting! Love ya

  • Cindy Pop

    JC – I was just diagnosed with the same cancer as you “estrogen receptor positive.” I will be going down the journey the same time you are. My surgery is scheduled for April 30th, preceded by lymp node testing/removal April 23rd. I need a full masectomy with reconstruction just like you but only the right side. I took hormone therarpy (estrogen) for over 20 years, this is my own fault – I was aware of the warnings about hormones, but I choose quality of life.

    Good luck! We will both be needing it….


  • Pam

    You go, JC! I had a bilateral mastectomy in August and I am just fine! You have made the right decision. No more mammograms, no more worrying every 6 months. I, too, considered this just a bump in the road and it was. You are a brave, tremendous life force. God loves you, and you will get through this. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Jerdel Hardy

    Prayer’s Go up, Blessing’s Come Down…my prayer’s are with u, during this difficult time. I know u r a strong woman,and I trust & believe GOD’s got your back, u will be fine.

  • Vanessa Holley

    JC – You’re a fighter with a strong and free spirit. I have nothing but love for you. Thank you for sharing your journey. You’re touch and I admire that about you. Keep on Pushing- you cant stop now!!!

    Hugs and kisses.

  • Dave M

    I have watched you for over 35 years having grown up in DC and have to say there are are not many with your courage and dedication to helping others by sharing this most trying of personal moments with all of the District, so that folks in DC will learn to not be afraid and that although Cancer is scary, it is worse to hide from both the disease and your family and friends.
    You are a true community hero over the past 4 decades and along with Andrea I can’t thank you enough for ripping the veil off of breast cancer and showing our City that Cancer can be beat and the importance of early detection, treatment and continuing care will assure the best outcome.
    All of our prayers are with you as you beat this potentially devastating disease.
    lov ya dm

  • Charles

    JC, You are comfort tv a friend my generations Lucy, Everyday your smile lights up my tv. Now I’m going to give you my smile in return and comfort you.

  • Vjollca Elshani

    You are such a brave woman, and I will pray for you. I know you can get through this, but you have to believe you can first. ~Bless~

  • Gerri

    Dearest JC. Wishing all the best and Andrae is correct in saying you should go public. It helps with the healing process. I know. My prayers are with you and I know you will beat this. Until there’s a cure we all are in this together.

  • Linda Wright, first Lady First Baptist Church College Park, MD

    Good morning JC. God bless you on this journey. I wanted you to know that you are in our prayers and we believe that God can do all things, but fail. Praise Him when your up and praise Him when you’re going through, for He is worthy to be praised.

    I applaude you for being so brave in sharing with millions of woman what you’re going through. Most of the time we don’t learn about the process until we go through and most of us put off going because we fear the process. It’s the not knowing that holds us back.

    It is great that you have such an awesome friend in Andrea to help you through this journey. Andrea has given us so much information over the years and she too should be applauded. I met a woman by the name of Denise Whalen-White with ASOP. Our Women’s Ministry has been making and donating blankets to her organization since we met via Andrea. We are going to present her with blankets in May. I would be honored to present you with the blanket I’m making at this time. Please let me know how I can get it to you.

    God bless,

  • Candace

    I am crying tears of joy for you with this latest test result. You are a very strong woman and I know you will come out with flying colors tomorrow. You are part of my “family”. I MUST tune in at noon with JC !!Please know you are in my thoughts and Prayers. Best of luck tomorrow , I will be thinking of you. You have some strong “Prayer Warriors” praying for you!! God Bless!!

  • Claudia

    His mercy and blessings to you my dear sister. You will make it through this storm. God bless you always.











  • Michele


    My prayers are with you as you begin this journey. My sister was diagnosed last year, and just completed her second round of chemotherapy. She, like you, took charge and is handling it with a great attitude. My mom, who was initially diagnosed at age 44, will celebrate her 80th birthday next month. Thank you for the courage to share your story publicly, and as such, bring awareness to so many women, especially African-Americans. God bless you.

  • Robin Jackson

    Good Afternoon! JC – I thank God for your courage and I’m praying for you and this year when I walk in the Annual Race for the Cure I will include your name among those who encourage me every day with your strength. This is why I walk so that both women and men who are challenged with breast cancer will have the best care possible. Keep smiling “JC” because this to shall pass.

  • Gerri

    Wishing you the best. 17yrs ago I too was diagnosed with breast cancer and I have been in remission since that time. My praryers will be with you be all the way and I will be following your progress,. Andrea was correct in having you share with us. I’m firm believer that also helps with the healing process. You are a very strong lady and I have the utmost confidence you will suceed.

  • http://facebook PatrickJosephTayman

    My prayers go out to you as you try to recover from the diesease of breast cancer. I really care for you and all from the Convenant Baptist United Church of Christ will keep you in our prayers as well. May the peace God be with during your time off from work. You just need to rejoice for your health and strength.

  • Patricia (Trish) Freeman

    Dear Ms. JC,
    I cried when you revealed your diagnosis to all of us here in the Washington Metro Area. You have been my hero for many many years and no matter how bad something was Ms. JC ALWAYS found something to smile about. That is why I only watch your news program.
    Today you began your journey, and I want you to know that God is walking the journey with you, and there is your very own guardian angel sitting on your shoulder. That is how I must think of this so I can smile for you. God’s loving arms and your angel will protect you, and I WILL PRAY FOR YOU. I am sorry for this terrible journey you must take, but I will be watching your website and cheering you on everyday.
    I love you, JC Hayward!
    Trish Freeman

  • Evelyn (Faucette) Bedjane

    Hi JC,

    It was so great to see you after so many years. I was so sorry to hear of your breast cancer diagnosis. You are in my thoughts and prayers daily. I hope that you are having a fast recovery from your surgery. I am sorry we did not have more time to chat about college days, but perhaps we can do that in the near future. I do not have TV, so I have to go online to keep up with your progress. I will be sure to follow your progress online. May God bless you with a fast healing and recovery. You are so strong and such an inspiration to so many and it is so fantastic that you are sharing this personal journey.

    Have a blessed and peaceful evening.


  • Rudolph Brewington

    Hey dear lady:
    I may be out here in the desert of Las Vegas where I retired 2 years ago, but I heard about your condition.

    Let me tell right straight up: You can and WILL BEAT cancer! I’ve suffered lung and prostate cancer nearly 10 years ago and I’m just fine, and you will be too.

    Does ya hear me lady?

    Will add you to my prayers!

    Next time you are out this way, drop in. You are always welcome! My phone number is:

    (301) 442-4995

    Where have the years gone, girl? I remember your first day at channel 9 when we were both reporters and met at the then-District Building. You’ve covered a lot of ground and done a lot of great things. I’ve always thought of you as a great lady.

    Cancer can’t hurt great ladies, so you don’t worry. You are early stage, so you can and WILL beat this!

    Take care, and God bless you!

    Rudy Brewington
    Journalist (retired)

  • Darius Harvey

    My prayers (HURRY BACK) smile get well soon

  • Bill Naldrett

    Ms. Hayward,

    I have a close friend going through the same thing and to know that someone else is going through the same thing has helped her tremendously. She has not had a good time of it as she also endured cervical cancer as well. For you to come out and to share your story with the entire Nine News staff as well as the faithful watchers, I tip my hat to you. All my hopes and prayers to you for a speedy recovery.

    Thank you so much!!

  • Sandy D.

    JC our thoughts and prayers are with you. Thank you for sharing your story. Hopefully you
    will be able to convince someone to have a long overdue mammogram. God Bless you!!!!
    Radiology Dept
    Grant Memorial Hospital
    Petersburg, WV

  • Frances M

    J.C, my prayers are with you, keep the faith. Please know that you are loved!

  • Ashley & Brandon Barnett

    One of your dearest friend has requested that Ashley and I pray for you JC. Ashley my wife has beaten 2 types of lukemia through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. You know He is NOT a respector of persons what HE has done for my wife Ashley HE will and CAN do the same for you JC if you only TRUST the Lord 100% He will make a way for you. According the the blessed scripture Isaiah 53:5 states For HE was wounded for OUR transgression HE was bruised for OUR iniquities the chastisement of OUR peace was upon HIM with HIS stripes WE are HEALED ! Claim your victory TODAY JC in JESUS NAME! It don’t matter what these doctors are telling you or what the tests are showing up as what comes down to it is DO YOU BELIEVE GODS report ! HALLELUJAH His report says YOU ARE HEALED OF BREAST CANCER ! Through the blood of Jesus Christ!

    We speak to this breast cancer in the MIGHTY name of Jesus and command it right now to DIE at the roots at the the very cause of this cancer we command you to wither dry up and DIE fall OFF right now in Jesus NAME! Lord we ask you to RESTORE RENEW AND REFRESH JC’s body through the POWER of the HOLYSPIRIT do it NOW LORD. Satan we command you to bow your ugly head right now at the name that IS above ALL names that even includes cancer JESUS name is above cancer and disease so we command you NOW to loose your hold off JC’s body and GO back into the DRY arid places in which JESUS sends you NOW in his mighty and glorious name we pray! We thank you Lord right now for the miracle that is already taking place within JC’s body Lord you are the God that HEALS our disease You are the Lord our healer you sent forth YOUR word and Healed Us You are the Lord our healer! So Father we just CLAIM that this is done in the mighty name of Jesus Christ AMEN AND AMEN ! Now JC the devil is going to way on your mind but you MUST NOT let him get a foot hold in your mind you TELL HIM to LEAVE in Jesus Name that YOU aren’t going to DIE but LIVE and Declare the Goodness of the Lord God Almighty and STAND on GOD’s Promises NO MATTER WHAT God will see you through!

    Take care JC

    See what the Lord has done for my wife Ashley

    -HIs Servants
    AShley & Brandon Barnett

    • VEE

      Ashley and Brandon,

      This was such an uplifting prayer. Sometime we need to be reminded that HE is just the

      same today.

  • Betty

    Hi JC -

    Just checking in to let you know I am praying for you, and thinking about you since your announcement on April 6th.

    You looked very strong on the Friday broadcast! I was pleased to see your smile and positive attitude.

    Thanks also for supporting the Capital Hospice (now Capital Caring) event at the Tyson’s Corner Ritz Carlton a couple of years ago…my husband is a Hospice volunteer; we attended and supported the event.

    Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!

  • Brenda Roach

    Hi Mrs. Hayward,

    I was at WHC getting my annual mammorgraphy and saw on the t.v. your journey with breast cancer. I wanted you to know that I admire your strength and tenacity. Infact, I admire what you have done your entire public life.

    Yesterday, I was called back to the doctor’s office for additional tests – not sure of what the doctors are going to tell me but I was inspired by your journey and others that have written to you. I know I have to be strong for myself however, I believe that God does heal and I am not claiming this disease but I know anything is possible. It was so good to read that many others have been treated and healed of this disease and that you are completely cancer free. Now, maybe you will slow down and enjoy life to its fullest extent. You have certainly paid your dues. I know many African American women will want to emulate you. Stay healthy, relax, relax and may God continue to bless, protect and guide you. Love Brenda

  • Betty

    JC -

    Checking in with you and letting you know you are in my prayers!