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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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  • vicky kayley Profile

    Last chemo today yipee can not believe how quickly it has gone, start rads on 4th September. The light is getting near x x

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 20 answers
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    • vicky kayley Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thank you all for the lovely comments, I really can not believe how quickly it has gone. Good luck to all still in chemo it will be done before you know it , lots of hugs to all x x

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      YIPPEE!!!! What a great place to be. You made it through the chemo and now on to another step.... closer and closer to the end of your treatment. We are all celebrating with you! Pony-Fur Hugs to you! Sharon

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  • Joellen Wolfson Profile

    Does a satisfactory breast reconstruction depend on what type of treatment you have after surgery? I have read that radiation tends to shrink and also harden the breast tissue.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 1 answer
    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Hi Joellen. Yes radiation tends to shrink the tissue. So it can effect what type if reconstruction you have done. When I had my mastectomy I wasn't a candidate for immediate reconstruction due to my stage, etc. Now I'm finished with radiation and doing research on my options for surgery. My skin...

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      Hi Joellen. Yes radiation tends to shrink the tissue. So it can effect what type if reconstruction you have done. When I had my mastectomy I wasn't a candidate for immediate reconstruction due to my stage, etc. Now I'm finished with radiation and doing research on my options for surgery. My skin on the radiated side is not hard but it is tighter than the other side. I have made appts to visit plastic surgeons. I may not have enough skin to do the expanders with implants option. But there are several other types that give great results!! I am looking at DIEP flap reconstruction now. The do a mini tummy tuck & take fat from your tummy to form breasts. I've seen pics & it looks great!!!! Plus a flat tummy to boot! There's a few other options as well. Go to breastreconstruction.org. You can see real photos there. Best wishes to you, Diana. :)

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  • Erin Timlin Profile

    Anyone experience bad headaches during radiation? I am done with 20 of 28 treatments and this week I've had a raging headache that won't quit with water, rest, ibuprofen, etc. I see the doctor Mon but I'm just curious.

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2011
    over 6 years 1 answer
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      anonymous
      Stage 3B Patient

      I' just finished 18 and noticed that I started having a bad headache 3 days ago ;( but I can't take any Meds because chemo damaged my liver still trying to recover. I wonder if it has to do with radiation? I see my oncologist on monday and radiologist on Tuesday I will ask and let you know;)...

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      I' just finished 18 and noticed that I started having a bad headache 3 days ago ;( but I can't take any Meds because chemo damaged my liver still trying to recover. I wonder if it has to do with radiation? I see my oncologist on monday and radiologist on Tuesday I will ask and let you know;) best of luck

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  • Mona Assadi Profile

    I'm 26 and I have been diagnosed with stage 2. Do I need a mastectomy??

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 3 answers
    • Tiffani Warila Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I am 29 and based on the Size of the lump during ultrasound am borderline stage 1-2. I am doing 8 rounds of chemo before surgery in hopes of shrinking the tumor. Then only a lumpectomy will be needed. There are many different factors to consider though. Genetic testing to see if you are brca1 or...

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      I am 29 and based on the Size of the lump during ultrasound am borderline stage 1-2. I am doing 8 rounds of chemo before surgery in hopes of shrinking the tumor. Then only a lumpectomy will be needed. There are many different factors to consider though. Genetic testing to see if you are brca1 or brca2 positive, if there is more than one tumor, etc. Your doctor would be able to tell you if chemo first would be a good option for you. If you have any other questions feel free to ask me. I am more than willing to to help!

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    • Joan Rosov Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 3A Patient

      I have had breast cancer twice. Both times I had genetic testing The results really helped in the decision process.

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