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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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  • karyn johnson Profile

    Just had a CT scan today, will start Radiation in 10 days. Just nervous that they aren't being up front about the severity of side effects. I know many of you have been through it, what am I up against now?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 7 answers
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    • Mimi Carroll Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      The only part I think they are not so up front about is the long term side effects.... They tell you about red boobs and blusters and minor side effects. And I was even told that radiation helps stop cancer reoccurrence in breast, but not long term survival rate- (really what does that fully...

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      The only part I think they are not so up front about is the long term side effects.... They tell you about red boobs and blusters and minor side effects. And I was even told that radiation helps stop cancer reoccurrence in breast, but not long term survival rate- (really what does that fully mean? ) What does radiation do to body in six months, two years, five years, twenty years?

      Everyone says radiation is easy.... Psychologically it is not!

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      The only issue my doctor told me I'd probably experience was red skin due to the radiation and I'm fair-skinned so knew it would look like a sunburn which it did. I never blistered or had any skin breakdown. He normally would have prescribed an antibiotic cream for the last 2 weeks but I'm...

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      The only issue my doctor told me I'd probably experience was red skin due to the radiation and I'm fair-skinned so knew it would look like a sunburn which it did. I never blistered or had any skin breakdown. He normally would have prescribed an antibiotic cream for the last 2 weeks but I'm allergic to the main ingrediant and in looking at my skin and decided I'd be OK without it. I saw him 3 months after my last treatment and he told me the toxicity was all gone from my system. I see him again in 3 months and will see how that goes. I forgot, too, he mentioned sometimes rads. will weaken ribs and that can possibly lead to fractures.

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  • Janet Layden Profile

    More details: NYC Sloane Kettering surgeon said that if I DID have radiation, and any cancer returned, I would not qualify for another lumpectomy--that I would only qualify for a mastectomy. Is that TRUE? Please help.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 8 answers
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    • Cindy Smalley Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      That is what I was told also. Just hope it never comes back.

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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I just learned something new

      Comment
  • Kavita Vora Profile

    I have developed a really bad burn with peeled skin and oozing from radiation. Any suggestion what I can apply for speedy healing?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 4 answers
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    • Kim Flackey Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      God bless you! You are in my prayers. You are now a member of a club that you didn't want to be, but the people in it are amazing and extraordinary! You will find strength you would never know you had. Hope all goes well for you. I had radiation and got a pretty good burn. I used a lotion that...

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      God bless you! You are in my prayers. You are now a member of a club that you didn't want to be, but the people in it are amazing and extraordinary! You will find strength you would never know you had. Hope all goes well for you. I had radiation and got a pretty good burn. I used a lotion that has no perfumes, dyes, or additives. You can get it at CVS Pharmacy. It's in a circular white tub with a pump on top. Sorry I can't remember the name of it (radiation brain :), but you will see it when you go there or ask the pharmacist. Put it on often. The good news is that it clears up right away after you are done with radiation.
      All my love to you-
      Kim Flackey

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    • Connie Herrick Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      My doctor told me to use Aquaphor on the overall breast, and Neosporin on the really bad spots. I like the Aquaphor that comes in a tub--easier to spread than the tubes. Aquaphor is a little greasy, but that is why the doc likes it, it holds in the moisture. I didn't have any blistering or...

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      My doctor told me to use Aquaphor on the overall breast, and Neosporin on the really bad spots. I like the Aquaphor that comes in a tub--easier to spread than the tubes. Aquaphor is a little greasy, but that is why the doc likes it, it holds in the moisture. I didn't have any blistering or oozing (yet). I finished my radiation a week ago.

      I think the amount of blistering and peeling depends on how close the tumor was to the skin surface. Mine was pretty deep, so that may be why I didn't blister.

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    How long does your chest hurt after a bilateral mastectomy

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    about 5 years 4 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      It took me about 2 months I had reconstruction @ same time which stretched skin as I healed. 3 months later no pain @ all & reconstruction almost done. YEAH

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    • Gillian Ashworth Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      After one month it became much more comfortable, at 2 months it felt "normal", no pain. I had my double w reconstruction started, tissue expanders were horrible in the beginning now I hardly notice them. (8 months out).

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