Janet St. James, the former WFAA/Channel 8 medical reporter who left the station in March after nearly 19 years at Channel 8, revealed in April that she has breast cancer. She received the diagnosis on Good Friday — April 3, a week before the was scheduled to start her new job as assistant vice president of strategic communication at HCA North Texas.
St. James took to social media to break the news with a post on her Facebook page, where she has been providing updates on her condition. The posts have been shared widely, but not everyone is on Facebook, and on Tuesday night, WFAA’s Shelly Slater — a friend of St. James’ — did her own report on her former colleague.
In the report, St. James goes into further detail of how she received the diagnosis from her OB/GYN — five months after receiving a clean mammogram. By the time the cancer was discovered, she was at Stage 2, requiring a double mastectomy and the removal of 18 lymph nodes.
Slater’s report becomes especially emotional, however, when she addresses how this has affected St. James’ family, especially her youngest son, Luke, who breaks down on camera.
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You can watch Slater’s report below, or read the text version of it here.