Jana believed very strongly about sharing information she knew from her own life experiences to make the path a little easier for others traveling similar road. Anecdotal stories were very inclusive of every. little. detail imaginable that would totally paint the picture for the listener. In telling a "true life story" Jana would not only tell you what she visually witnessed and heard with her own ears, but what her "inside voice" was saying as she interpreted the scenario. Then the listener had no choice but to be in the moment with her. One clearly had an understanding as to how she arrived at her conclusion. She especially had a very humorous way of dealing with someone who she didn't necessarily agree with. "Oh, well. We'll see about that!" Would be her reply. No matter the outcome... Jana knew she gave a genuine effort to make a change. She was truly a Human Being.
Jana lead a peer support group at Skin HDC and recently went to a local community college to become an EMT (with a 4.0 g.p.a. at that!) She planned on going to Nicaragua with a group for a medical mission soon after her graduation this May. She was not willing to give up and thought it to be an excellent idea to live life. That, she did. Always wanted to help others face her/his journey through life and to make them realize she was not the hindrance to their journey... they were the hindrance unto her/his self. She wasn't stopping , so, why were you?
Jana's greatest concern in all of this is that she knew, as a cancer survivor, that one day, it would be her time to drop her robe... it could be soon. It could be much later. No matter when your contract has ended... there is no preparation when someone does cross over. She loved her family so very much. Her greatest worry? Her son. Her daughter. Her husband. Her Mom. They had already traveled a lot of that very difficult road with her.
Jana was having severe back pain not even a week ago. She thought her pyelonephritis was back and went to the ER. It wasn't. It was her cancer. It was in her spine and pelvis. Her doctor decided to keep her in the hospital for a few days. Jana was very apologetic for having to cancel some filming and tattoo work on her phoenix. She worried about the inconvenience. "Get better." We chided... Damn. Just talked with her yesterday... she was contemplating chemo and wanted to know if we'd do a henna crown on her bald head should she have chemo? Of course...