Janet's aunt Dorothy was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 43. Several years later her cousin Cheryl discovered a tumor at 43. 8 months after her own 43rd birthday it was Janet's turn.
It was stage 3 cancer. It was not terminal but very serious. She had to break the news to her only child just days from her high school graduation.
“I didn’t have it in me”, Janet said, “ I couldn’t do it. My husband told her. It was the hardest thing we’ve ever done. I was more worried about Ashlee than I was myself.”
The Journey Local 4's Ashlee Baracy Traveled With Her Mom To Beat Cancer
Ashlee had several scholarships from out of state schools and was going to pursue a career in engineering. That changed after her mom’s diagnosis. She decided to stay close to home and attend the University of Michigan.
Janet underwent aggressive chemotherapy, radiation and a mastectomy. Ashlee discovered the depth of her mom’s toughness and her father’s love.
Ashlee said, “I’ll never forget my dad holding her hand when she was just waking up from her mastectomy. He turned and told her she was beautiful. That’s when I realized what true love is.”
To earn scholarship money Ashlee entered pageants and began winning and eventually became Miss Michigan.
She won the crown with a self-choreographed lyrical dance to the theme of the Race For The Cure.
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