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October 25, 2013

'Life is good -- especially when we're winning'

METHUEN — Jane Davis took in last night’s World Series game from the grandstand with her daughter and grandson. If the series goes six games, she’ll be back at Fenway Park next week with her sister.

Davis, 53, wouldn’t have it any other way. The three-time cancer survivor sees the Fall Classic as an opportunity to make memories that will last a lifetime.

“Just having the ability to do this with my family — we’re all going together,” said Davis, who lives on Milk Street with her 20-year-old daughter Erin. “I thank God, just for life, and having this opportunity.”

Erin sees baseball as a good outlet for her mother — even if things do get a bit loud come game time.

“She’s psychotic about the Red Sox,” said Erin. “She just screams at the TV and gets excited.”

Davis came close to death in 2001 while battling advanced-stage lung cancer. She’s beaten the disease twice and also fended off breast cancer. Unfortunately, the 22-year Methuen resident’s health struggles continued this fall.

During Game 1 of the Division Series against the Tampa Bay Rays in early October, Davis experienced the first of several cardiac episodes that left her feeling lightheaded.

Davis found herself in an ambulance Saturday night and on her way to Lawrence General Hospital after the episodes continued. She wound up staying there for four days to undergo a slew of medical tests.

The entire time, Davis kept telling the doctors and nurses that she needed to be released before Game 2 last night.

“I drove them crazy, I’m telling you,” said Davis, who was released Wednesday morning.

Davis’ days as a Red Sox fan go back to childhood, when Carl “Yaz” Yastrzemski — her favorite player — ruled Fenway.

Davis remembers buying $5 bleacher tickets. The best present she ever received as a kid was a small radio, which she used to listen to Sox games while lying in bed.

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