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Janice Dickinson’s response to breast cancer diagnosis is so inspiring

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Janice Dickinson doesn't want pity after breast cancer diagnosis

Supermodel Janice Dickinson has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Dickinson shared her diagnosis in a statement to the Daily Mail that touched on her feelings since learning the prognosis early this month, and her plans for treatment.

"It's hard for me to say this, but I have been diagnosed with breast cancer," Dickinson says. The diagnosis comes after doctors found a lump in her right breast during a routine mammogram.

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"It's still quite shocking," she says. "Today I got very scared... I just [got] very scared and it hit me. But I am not gonna let that define me, the fear. I'm going to get through this, I'll be just fine, kiddo."

The doctor noticed the pea-sized lump immediately during her visit, she says. After a mammogram and biopsy, Dickinson had the results in 24 hours. "My 22-year-old and I were out shopping when I got a call from [my fiancé] Rocky telling me the doctor was trying to get hold of me, then the doctor called me and told me, 'Yes it's positive for cancer.'

"At that moment I knew I had to be brave and I had to be strong. I had to find the courage I possess as a woman, that we all have as women, and then I had to put my chin up and my shoulders back and take it moment by moment," she continues.

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Dickinson is adamant that she not be pitied. "Don’t feel sorry for me, this is not a pity party,” she said. “I’m Janice Dickinson and I’m gonna stick around for a long, long time. You ain’t getting rid of me yet.”

Dickinson will be filming her treatment journey for the reality television series The Doctors. Her first appearance on the show will air April 6.

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