Meet Jan James
Jan James became an “accidental” breast cancer advocate. Newly diagnosed in 2012, she started a private Facebook group, Booby Buddies, to have a few friends answer her personal questions. Unexpectedly, women with breast cancer started to flood into the group. And she fell in love with them.
Over the years, Jan created three other private Facebook groups:
- The Living Room is a safe place for stage IV women to share and get encouragement and prayer.
- In the Sex After Breast Cancer group, women can safely discuss and find answers about the issues that affect their intimate lives after breast cancer.
- The Hope After Breast Cancer group provides a place for women who have endured breast cancer to encourage and empower one another to reclaim their lives.
Thousands of women have been served by those four growing groups.
Because of the financial devastation she saw through serving her pink sisters, Jan founded Provision Project in 2015, a non-profit organization that provides financial relief to women in active treatment for breast cancer. Hundreds of families nationwide are encouraged each year through Provision Project’s work.
In 2020, Jan launched her dream project, the Hope After Breast Cancer website. Jan understands that the unseen wounds women experience after a breast cancer diagnosis are hard to heal and are rarely discussed. Bringing together expertise from doctors, counselors, coaches, authors and more to find answers, Jan encourages and empowers her sisters to do more than “survive” … they can THRIVE!
Jan's faith in Jesus is foundational in her life. She lives in the desert Southwest with her loving and supportive husband, Greg, who partners with her to serve the women of Hope After Breast Cancer through his work with video production and website management. Their adult son, Michael, is a wonderful young man who lives in Arkansas. They also have two fur babies, Kitty and Puppy (both cats).
One of the biggest joys of Jan's life is to hang out with her pink sisters all over the country. Scroll down to see pictures from a sampling of their meetups!