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 Hayward.com 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: