Former supermodel Janice Dickinson has revealed that she has breast cancer.
In an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com, Dickinson said: "It's hard for me to say this, but I have been diagnosed with breast cancer.
"It's still quite shocking. Today I got very scared... I just get very scared and it hit me. But I am not gonna let that define me, the fear. I'm going to get through this."
She learned she had cancer two weeks ago after her doctor discovered a pea-sized lump. A mammogram confirmed her worst fears.
“When I found out, I knew I had to brave and I had to be strong,” she said.
The 61-year-old was diagnosed with early stage Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS) -- a common form of breast cancer that starts in the milk ducts.
In the next few days she’ll have a one-inch area of tissue around the lump in her breast removed. At this stage, doctors have ruled out a mastectomy which comes as a huge relief to her.
But she may not be out of the woods, doctors also found cancer in as many as three of her lymph nodes. They'll be testing the tissue to see if the cancer has spread.
Starting April 6, the TV show The Doctors will follow her journey through all her treatments.
Dickinson is set to marry psychiatrist Rocky Gerner this summer and vows to remain strong for him and her two adult children as she faces one of the biggest challenges of her life.
“I’m going to get through this. You betcha kiddo and I will be just fine,” she said.