Janeen's Journey: Fighting breast cancer and delivering a life-saving warning

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - After doctors revealed she had an invasive form of breast cancer, WMC Action News 5's Traffic Tracker Janeen Gordon decided to use her diagnosis as a way to help others become more proactive about their health.

"I just wanted to share and be very up front about this new journey," Janeen said.

After a thyroid scare in 2015, Janeen had surgery that took her off the air for three months. She shared her road to recovery in 2016, helping countless others along the way.

"I got stopped so many times at the grocery store, at the mall, at the light with people saying 'oh my God you helped me' even men saying 'you helped me, I'm going to the doctor now,'" Janeen said.

This past February, Janeen went in for more routine testing. Her mom was admitted into intensive care and stayed several weeks.

"At the time that I was going through all of this and finding out about the prognosis, my mother was in the hospital so I delayed a lot of my appointments because I did not have time," Janeen said.

She put off preventative care that she now regrets. Janeen finally visited her doctor who revealed she had breast cancer.

"I was a year late in getting my mammogram because I beat myself up, because I was thinking I could have gone through this and handled it last year," she said.

The revelation caused her to refocus.

After sharing the news on social media, Janeen said the support has been overwhelming.

"I have received messages on Facebook," she said. "They have sent me links to breast cancer organizations that have provided me with additional resources of information in terms of treatment and recovery."

Janeen wants her journey to be a reminder for other women to listen to their bodies and take time for themselves.

"It's a little difficult, but again it's my opportunity to have a voice for those who are sitting there at home saying I don't have time, I'll get around to it," she said.

A viewer sent her a prayer blanket and she is grateful for the letters, cards, and emails of encouragement.

"For everyone who has offered to speak to me because they are a five year or twenty-two year breast cancer survivor, I cannot tell you how much that means to me," she explained.

Janeen and WMC Action News 5's Jerica Phillips visited Cancer Survivors Park in East Memphis. Jerica asked her how she handles her health challenges while in the public eye.

"It's a little difficult, but again it's my opportunity to have a voice for those who are sitting there at home saying I don't have time, I'll get around to it," she said. "You can do it. It's all about putting that one foot in front of the other."

Janeen wants her journey to be a reminder to listen to your body and take time for yourself. She will soon have surgery and start cancer treatments. Cancer is an obstacle in her path that she believes will continue to strengthen her faith.

"I feel so good about being open and honest about it, but I'm just at the beginning of this journey so I'm going to keep everyone up to date as much as I can as I continue to fight this battle," she said.

Janeen is the first member in her family, on either side, to be diagnosed with breast cancer.

The American Cancer Society recommends women have a mammogram every year starting at age 40. Breast cancer screening is only recommended for some men at higher risk due to a strong family history of breast cancer.

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