Scott not afraid to hear diagnosis of breast cancer

Jane Scott is winning the war against Breast Cancer. (Submitted photo)
Daily Times Leader

Jane Scott spends her days at the Project Homestead Food Pantry making sure people in the community have enough to eat.

She worries about the clients she sees and their families. She spends little time thinking of herself.

But when she discovered a lump in her breast, she had to think of herself and what to do next.

"Honestly when I first found it, the first thing I thought was, 'I'm going to be fine," Scott said. "I immediately called my doctor. My mother, my aunt and my great aunt all had breast cancer. It wasn't a big surprise."

Scott has the BRACA1 gene and this led to a very aggressive type of breast cancer.

"I was in the car going to have dinner at Anthony's with my granddaughter when my doctor called me with the diagnosis," Scott said.

She said she didn't even mention it to her at that time. She knew there would be plenty of time for explanations later.

"I had a double mastectomy," Scott said. "It was the treatment I requested. That along with six months of chemotherapy has left me cancer-free."

Scott said she continued to work at the Project Homestead Food Pantry even during chemotherapy.

"I was not going to let this cancer slow me down," Scott said. "My head got a little cold last winter after my hair all fell out, but I just put on a warm cap and kept on going."

She had 12 chemo treatments during the six months following the mastectomy.

"I worry about passing the gene to my children and grandchildren," Scott said. "But there are tests they can have to find out what the percentage is that they might develop cancer. There are treatments they can take to head it off. They are doing miracles today. I have nothing but hope for all of them."

She is appreciative to the doctors and specialists who saw her through the battle.

"I've had people tell me I'm brave," Scott said. "I'm not brave, I just did everything I had to do to live. I had my last chemo treatment in September of 2018, so far I've been clear. I still have the port, but hopefully that will be removed soon."

When people say she's in remission, she doesn't agree with them.

“I’m cured, that's how I see it," Scott said.