Jackie Collins revealed before her death from cancer that she hoped other people would find strength from how she dealt with her illness.
Jackie Collins refused to let her terminal cancer diagnosis affect her life.
The 77-year-old author passed away over the weekend after a secret six-year battle with breast cancer but never succumbed to self-pity and insisted she wanted to be an inspiration to people in similar circumstances.
Speaking just five days before she died, Jackie told PEOPLE magazine: ''I certainly don't wake up in the morning and think, 'Oh, I have terminal cancer,' because I don't. I have a chronic disease. We're all going to go at some time. I want people to see me as an example of strength - and doing things my way.''
And Jackie insisted that a positive attitude helped her to cope.
She said: ''Your mind controls your body, so you must. If you have a positive attitude, you can conquer anything.
''That's what you do. It's just been an incredible journey.''
Jackie was diagnosed after having a full body scan for an unexplained limp but by the time she found out, her cancer had spread.
She revealed her treatment included ''a lumpectomy, radiation and various drug combinations''.
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