As Kids, No One Could Tell Twins Apart. As Adults, They Look Radically Different

by Emerald Pellot
Emerald is a writer, illustrator, and a Libra.

Twins have a special bond, but identical twins share something even more: their mirror-image appearance. When Jessie and Janna Coleman were growing up, their dad couldn’t tell the two identical twins apart.

Then one day, when the girls were in second grade, the family noticed a lump on Janna’s neck. Janna was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma. The result was a malignant tumor behind her jaw.

After a year at St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Janna’s cancer went into remission, but she’s never looked the same.

Jessie said that the toughest thing has been “going from being super identical (our dad couldn’t even tell us apart when we were babies) to such a life-changing event.”

However, 10 surgeries later, University of Louisville doctors realized that because Janna is a twin, they have a rare opportunity to reconstruct her jaw.

“She came in with her identical twin sister. When we saw this, all the lights went on, and we said this could be an option,” said Dr. Jarrod Little.

Doctors will take fat cells from Jessie and use them to re-shape Janna’s face. Jessie had to gain some extra weight for the surgery, but it was a no-brainer.

“Yeah of course, who wouldn’t do it — it’s your sister, your twin,” Jessie said.

While of course, beauty is on the inside, Janna’s appearance is a testament of how strong and courageous she was in her fight against cancer. She says she only wants one thing. “I just want to look like my sister.”

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