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Renee's Story

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"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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  • Rachael Leslie Profile

    My girlfriend was diagnosed with breast cancer yesterday. The appointment with the surgeon is next week to get specific answers. I want to do anything and everything I can to help her through this. Any advice is very much needed and appreciated!

    Asked by anonymous

    Family Member or Loved One
    over 5 years 5 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Rachael,
      How wonderful your dear friend has you standing by her side. She is probably going through the depths of the most terrifying hell right now. I agree with what Anne Marie has said. When I was diagnosed, my friends left me.... which was a horrendous shock. What she will need is your...

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      Rachael,
      How wonderful your dear friend has you standing by her side. She is probably going through the depths of the most terrifying hell right now. I agree with what Anne Marie has said. When I was diagnosed, my friends left me.... which was a horrendous shock. What she will need is your support. Go with her to her appointments.... the diagnostic ones will be particularly important. She will need someone to --take notes-- as she will never be able to remember most of what is being said. This is a step by step process. Try to keep her from going to the really dark side. There are a ton of positive stories and outcomes to this lousy diagnosis. We, here, are living proof. Some of the journey's have been very tough but these strong women are here to share their struggles and outcomes. You are a dear friend to want to help her through this battle. Please stay in touch with us, we are here to help you and her along her path. Take care, Sharon

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    • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      My heart goes out to you and your girlfriend cancer affects not only the patient but the loved ones also. The best thing you can do for your girlfriend is to be at her side offer to go to all her doctor appts with her be her second set of ears ask those questions that she forgot to ask because...

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      My heart goes out to you and your girlfriend cancer affects not only the patient but the loved ones also. The best thing you can do for your girlfriend is to be at her side offer to go to all her doctor appts with her be her second set of ears ask those questions that she forgot to ask because when you are with the doctor we patients go blank I don't know how many times I was going to ask this that or the other thing and get into the office and I go blank my husband would just chime in for me Be patient with your girlfriend she will be on a whirlwind of emotions. Hold her tell her it's okay to talk about it all with you let her know your feelings also. My husband and I held each other up luckily one was always stronger then the other on those bad days. I have a link on my profile to my story of my personal experience with breast cancer in 2003. I take you from the initial diagnosis the biopsy surgery and recovery with a reflection a year later. Even though my type of breast cancer or choice of treatment may be different I hope by sharing my experience it will help other women and there family. http://home.roadrunner.com/~amj/

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  • Rafi Togoo Profile

    How helpful is surgery for patients with stage 4 breast cancer with bone mets? - With chemotherapy and herceptin, the patient has shown significant response.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 4 answers
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    • Lisa Yurus Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      My mom was just diagnosed with Stage 4 breast with mets to bone. She is going to have a mastectomy after 5 cycles of taxotere/carboplatin/herceptin. This is what her oncologist is recommending. He is one of the best in Florida.

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    • Rafi Togoo Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Waiting for a response

      Comment
  • nicole blagburn Profile

    I have a Florida trip booked for June. Is it ok to lay out after radiation or is it possible to put radiation off until July?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 4 answers
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    • Ali S Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Youre not supposed to have radiated part in sun for a year after treatment. I was in FL after radiation and just wore a tank top that covered the radiated spot. I also used a pashmina to cover the spot if I had a suit or a dress that was lower cut. Be careful with sun exposure, Check with your...

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      Youre not supposed to have radiated part in sun for a year after treatment. I was in FL after radiation and just wore a tank top that covered the radiated spot. I also used a pashmina to cover the spot if I had a suit or a dress that was lower cut. Be careful with sun exposure, Check with your doctor about specifics...I wouldn't have wanted to delay my treatment any longer. But that was just me

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I don't think it would be a good idea to be in the sun for any period of time. As far as delaying your rads until July I think that might be possible, I know quite a few woman that have done just that for various reasons like trips, weddings and family get togethers. It is only a couple of...

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      I don't think it would be a good idea to be in the sun for any period of time. As far as delaying your rads until July I think that might be possible, I know quite a few woman that have done just that for various reasons like trips, weddings and family get togethers. It is only a couple of months so speak to your doctor. Good luck and have a nice trip.

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  • Matt Roth Profile

    Last year we (drawMD) created a free breast health anatomy app for iPad. The app can be used to help providers visually explain complex medical procedures. We would love to hear any feedback you might have. Have a look http://visibl.es/1aQnY2f

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 3 years 3 answers
    • Leah Fortune Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      I'll look

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    • Leah Fortune Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Not what I was expecting might be good for docs unsure.

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