Janie Thomas, 62, and a victim of cancer is not new to the disease, having suffered it four times since the 1980s.
She is one unique woman who has taken the bull by its horns, having undergone two mastectomies and survived even after being told in 1995 that she had just two months to live.
Now, all she wants is to make a difference to the lives of others suffering the disease and has decided to participate in the trial of a new cancer drug, by Cancer Research UK in Birmingham.
The trial is targeted at people like Janie suffering hereditary forms of breast and ovarian cancer. The new drug basically works by weakening an important DNA repair mechanism in cancer cells.
Janie had undergone several unsuccessful rounds of chemotherapy. "I didn't feel in any way nervous about the trial. I hoped it was going to help me and that the doctors would get some information out of it," she says.
"As someone with a scientific background I feel it's important for people like me to volunteer for trials like this, so future generations can benefit. Today's trials are tomorrow's breakthroughs," Janie added.