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Renee's Story

About her story

"I will still smile and I will still fight."

After discovering a lump during a self-breast exam, Renee scheduled a doctor's appointment and was later diagnosed with an aggressive form of Stage 4 breast cancer.

"The moment I heard that I had breast cancer, I had a game plan in my head that I was going to fight," said Renee.

Renee's prognosis for treatment was difficult, but she decided early on that she was going to fight. Even after losing the use of her legs, Renee faced breast cancer with a smile.

Watch Renee's story and discover why her inspiring testimony and life touched the hearts of the producers, directors, and staff behind the National Breast Cancer Foundation's Beyond the Shock program.

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  • G House Profile

    I am undergoing radiation after a lumpectomy and I am exhausted. Is anyone else feeling the same?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years 6 answers
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    • Ana Naluh Andrade Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      It's normal. With time you'll be back to full energy!!

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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I also had a lump removed and had radiation treatments and was very tired and had no energy. but my strength is coming back and my energy. I think it just takes a while.

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    Stage 3c - is this serious without getting treated?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 3 answers
    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      I have stage 3C as well. Yes, it is extremely important that you get treated! Stage 3C has extensive lymph node involvement. Our stage is one step from stage 4 and could easily turn into 4 if left untreated. Stage four is when breast cancer metastasizes (spreads) to other organs, such as bones,...

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      I have stage 3C as well. Yes, it is extremely important that you get treated! Stage 3C has extensive lymph node involvement. Our stage is one step from stage 4 and could easily turn into 4 if left untreated. Stage four is when breast cancer metastasizes (spreads) to other organs, such as bones, liver, brain, lungs, etc. I'm not trying to scare you but I want you to be one of the survivors! Please get treated. Some people say the treatments are worse than the disease. Not true in my opinion. Sure, the treatments don't make you feel good....BUT it doable! And you want to live!

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    • Kris Shortridge Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Yes it is very serious. I am a stage 3 also. Without treatment, the cancer will spread to other organs

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  • Robin Layman Profile

    I had a biopsy in 2007 with two benign masses. Now I have large bulge in my veins with pain in the upper part of the breast. (almost like a strain but doesn't go away...last mammogram in 2010 was okay) Any suggestions?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 8 years 2 answers
    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Do you have a mammo every six months or every year? Anything noticably different in your breast might be worth letting your doctor know about. :)

      3 comments
    • Ramona Young Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Go have it checked out with doc!

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  • Francine Williams Profile

    I finish Chemo in May then completed Radiation in July. How long will it take for my hair to start growing back??

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 8 answers
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    • Erin Timlin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I finished chemo in March and by early May I felt I had enough fuzz to comfortably go without hats. Seems like it's been a while for you to not see any hair growth. I took biotin for a while too, and Jason has a good biotin shampoo which I now use since I felt like my hair was coming in darker...

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      I finished chemo in March and by early May I felt I had enough fuzz to comfortably go without hats. Seems like it's been a while for you to not see any hair growth. I took biotin for a while too, and Jason has a good biotin shampoo which I now use since I felt like my hair was coming in darker and thicker everywhere when I took the biotin orally. Didn't want that! So now I use the shampoo.

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    • Isabel Souchet Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      My hair started growing back slowly after chemo, maybe month. It grew fast after about three months. CONGRATULATIONS

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