Field of Gold: Janis is raising funds for Southend’s chemotherapy unit
01 August 2017
Janis Field is not one to let a diagnosis of ovarian and bowel cancer get her down. When she was given the news five years ago, she faced it with the same positive attitude which has always steered her through the slings and arrows of life.
She has had surgery, two bouts of chemotherapy and faces a
further operation to remove a swollen lymph gland. She has always
been extremely active and says she does not have time to think
about whether or not she has cancer. Janis has always been a
fundraiser and, since her cancer diagnosis, she has thrown herself
into fundraising for Southend Hospital's chemotherapy unit to help
other patients who find themselves in a similar situation.
Janis, 70, a retired headmaster's personal assistant from Leigh,
said: "I am a very positive person - always laughing and never
She shrugged off having to wear a cold cap for her treatment,
just pulling on her wig afterwards and swanning off for a curry
with husband Reg. Her attitude was so infectious that staff in the
unit asked her to chat and support other patients.
It was then that Janis found how difficult it was to locate some
patients' veins for the chemo session to go ahead and they
sometimes could not have their treatment.
Janis has been fundraising to help buy a vein finder for the
unit and has so far raised £800 for the hospital through opening up
her garden in Leigh Hill and organising popular coffee mornings and
Friends and neighbours have been hugely supportive and she is
already collecting raffle prizes and donations towards her next
event later in the year.