At the age of 39, unhappily married, unfulfilled and seven stone overweight, Janice Day was diagnosed with breast cancer and recommended for a full mastectomy. In Getting It Off My Chest she recounts, with frankness, charm and humour, how the gruelling experience of illness, of breast surgery and reconstruction, prompted her to examine what was wrong with her life and how to make it better. Along the way, she rejects the unanimous recommendations of her doctors to undergo chemotherapy, separates from her husband, comes to terms with her unhappy childhood, loses seven stone and launches a successful career as a cabaret singer, stand-up comedian and writer. The result is a hilarious and unusual memoir that will inspire and entertain anyone who has ever had to live through difficult times.
Janice Day graduated from Birmingham University in the late 1970s with a degree in English. Finding this no use whatsoever she became a danceband singer by night and temp secretary by day. Original singer with both the Piccadilly Dance Orchestra and Keith Nicholl's Cotton Club Orchestra, she has appeared at the Royal Festival Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Purcell Room, Proms in the Park, Pizza on the Park and the Wigmore Hall for Radio Three.
In the '90s she found herself married and assailed by two children, who started small and grew bigger. Forced to leave the stage by the family, she became a breast cancer survivor and locked herself in the garden shed to write books. Getting it off my Chest is her first.
She once won an award for stand-up comedy when the other acts were disqualified. Other performance outlets are the 1930s character act Mrs Pinkerton-Lovely and a one-woman theatrical adaptation of Getting it off my chest. Replacing her husband with an electric blanket, she lives in Epsom with two large children and a cat called Rolo.