On April 13th, 2014 I turned 35. On May 7th, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. The anxiety, fear and, uncertainty that followed over the next few weeks was overwhelming, but then someone came into my life to help guide me through this journey. Before any of my treatment started, my husband and I decided to get away and headed to Annapolis, MD. While I was away, my OB/GYN put me in contact with Janet McLain. During my trip, I had 2 phone conversations with Janet. I will never forget her telling me, “You don’t have enough information yet,” in response to my indecisiveness about the course of my treatment. I had met with a surgeon, but had yet to meet with an oncologist. Janet made this happen. I had a lumpectomy scheduled for less than a week after I returned to town, but because of Janet’s intervention the course of my treatment changed radically. My cancer is Her2/neu positive, and late last year the FDA approved a medication that has to be given before surgery. Because of Janet, I am receiving the best care possible. Janet McLain and her business, Cancierge, has guided me through this life journey of breast cancer. She has made losing my hair and picking out a wig fun, and I have been rocking the headscarves that she sells. Janet has offered tips for tackling all the nasty side effects that chemo brings. Janet’s compassion and caring nature is real, and since she is a 7-year breast cancer survivor, she really knows what this journey is about. Janet is special and her positivity and energy is palpable. Being diagnosed with breast cancer is not ideal, however it is a journey full of life lessons. And what better teacher to have than Janet McLain?
Samantha K MS, RN
What a wonderful and peaceful place. Thank you for being so kind.
I had the best experience with Janet !! I have had multiple people compliment my hair (wig) the last couple of days that I've lost count! I will send anyone & everyone that I know that needs a wig to you all!!! I just can't brag enough! THANK YOU JANET, YOU'RE THE BEST!!
My experience at Cancierge was perfect! Janet was so very helpful and understanding! All her advise was right on top! My first chemo treatment was easier, because she told me exactly what to expect. Thank you Janet for being such a wonderful person!
Couldn't have asked for a better experience! Janet even met me on her personal time!
I honestly could not have been made to feel more loved and beautiful than I was when I visited Cancierge. Janet was so very wonderful and really tried to make this process and transition as easy as possible for not only me, but my husband as well. There was something else Janet did that touched my heart...she called to check on me just before my first chemo and this was before she'd even met me at my appointment there, such a wonderful and loving woman. There is honestly no place I would thin of going to besides here. All the wonderul advice from a cancer survivor who truly know the ups and downs we current cancer patients are going through helps so much. Now, when my hair is shaved off...I will be fully prepared with the items I need.
"From the moment, you hear the doctor’s very dark words, “you’ve got cancer”, it’s hard to hear, think, breathe, move forward. As a family member of someone who just heard those horrible words, you really don’t know what to say or do. The shock and devastation is overwhelming. Within a few moments of reaching out to Janet, she was a calming factor and a place we all found strength. She immediately was there providing EVERYTHING we needed. She not only helped us with tools to cope with the physical aspects of Mike’s cancer, she more importantly provided us with tools to deal with the emotional aspects of Mike’s cancer. She brought genuine laughter in a place where things are not very funny. She brought composure to a situation that is riddled with havoc. Janet is thoughtful and generous with herself. As the caregiver of someone with cancer, it can be exhausting. From baking our favorite foods, to helping us and being at long chemo treatments, to helping co-workers interact and respond, to giving advice on how to feel better, to listening, Janet was our savior. We simply could not have gone through it without her."
Patti and Rob L
There are several things you will never forget about your cancer journey. Your date of diagnosis. Telling your kids. And the day you first felt “free.” You would expect the “feel free” day to be when your doctor declares you cured or in remission. But my first “feel free” day was the day I spoke with Janet McLain. You know those people who were born to encourage others? Who help you realize you are strong and brave and that maybe your struggles in life are designed for some good purpose? Well, you do now. So much of dealing with cancer is coping with it. And part of coping is, yes, one’s attitude and fortitude. But it’s also knowing what to do to manage the physical and emotional side-effects that cancer brings. Before cancer, I didn’t know there was a “best” way to shave a person’s head. I didn’t know my toothpaste ingredients mattered. And I certainly didn’t know how to put on false eyelashes (blink, blink). But Janet checked on me, counseled me, encouraged me, and helped me with the down-and-dirty of cancer. I am forever indebted to her. God bless Janet McLain.