Janise Ghidotti


On July 17, 2011, I was diagnosed with stage IV Melanoma.  Who would have ever thought the beautiful ball of fire we worship every summer day, "The Sun", would give me such a terrible disease.  Growing up, my summer days consisted of 8:00am swim team practice, snychronized swimming, and tennis, all at the worst times of the day!  Sunscreen was not even in my family's vocabulary.  Our Italian skin was a good enough base (or so we thought). Needless to say, I couldn't get enough of The Sun!

I just finished my last round of radiation - five double hits (which leaves you very exhausted).  I've had many conference calls to Duke University Medical Center and many visits with my oncologists.  I've decided to go to Duke University to have surgery and de-bulk most of the disease. 

One thing I can say through all of this is that the majority of my strength is coming from the big man upstairs.  I asked Father Grimes one day if God gives you as much as you can handle, why me...Has he forgotten how much he's already given me?  He answered with a big smile and said to me "God doesn't give it to you".  My problem is, I was losing trust in Him.  From that day forward, I know I am not in this alone.  God will continue to protect me and keep me strong. 


To all my Family & Friends, I truly appreciate all of your prayers and kindness you have all shared with me.  This is a challenge, but like I said, "Cancer picked the wrong girl!"




acortes - (5/30/2012 - 10:44am)

You can do it! Be strong and no matter what never lose faith!

God Bless you!

dellriol - (9/3/2012 - 8:51pm)

My favorite answer to the statement that God won't give ou more than you can handle is "He may give more than you can handle, but He will never give you more than He can handle.  We just have to learn to trust Him to handle it."

This ain't no hill for a stepper.

Cindy VT - (5/16/2013 - 11:23pm)

Since 1984, I have asked God to help me with this disease and I truly believe fully God has.  Good wishes.