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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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    I had a lumpectomy and 5 nodes removed. (all negative) I have pain in my shoulder joint when I swing my arm in any direction. Is that normal?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 3 answers
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      You should go see your doctor about that. If the pain is in the shoulder joint itself it could be something unrelated to the surgery. A couple years ago my shoulder began to get uncomfortable and I figured it was muscle pain and did stretches . It got more painful when moving the arm like your...

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      You should go see your doctor about that. If the pain is in the shoulder joint itself it could be something unrelated to the surgery. A couple years ago my shoulder began to get uncomfortable and I figured it was muscle pain and did stretches . It got more painful when moving the arm like your saying . Ended up being what's called a frozen shoulder. It has to do with the tendons inside the shoulder joint and one cause can be due to hormonal Issues like menopause. I had to go to physical therapy to resolve it but it took a while. I'm not saying that's what it is but I know after my surgery it hurt to move the arm but I wouldn't say it was shoulder pain. More muscle pain. Good luck . Hope you get some answers.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thanks

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  • Marylou Montalvo Profile

    My mom was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer yesterday and im wondering if i should tell my 5 and 6 year old kids?

    Asked by anonymous

    Family Member or Loved One
    almost 7 years 3 answers
    • Jk Joyce Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I would not go into details but just tell them she is very sick and that God will take care of her. Let them know she still loves them but may not feel like being with them at times. If she has chemo just tell them that her hair may all come out but the medicine that is going to help her does...

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      I would not go into details but just tell them she is very sick and that God will take care of her. Let them know she still loves them but may not feel like being with them at times. If she has chemo just tell them that her hair may all come out but the medicine that is going to help her does that and it will grow back later. Tell them they can go buy her a pretty new scarf to wear. They will understand. I believe God helps children understand these things.

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    • Mary Foti Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      Unfortunately my mom and I both have had breast cancer and my mom is now stage 4. My sons were 11 and 9 at the time I was diagnosed in 2010. I answered all their questions but did not elaborate. I told them I had the same problem grandma had and I needed surgery and medicine to help. I am honest...

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      Unfortunately my mom and I both have had breast cancer and my mom is now stage 4. My sons were 11 and 9 at the time I was diagnosed in 2010. I answered all their questions but did not elaborate. I told them I had the same problem grandma had and I needed surgery and medicine to help. I am honest with them but careful with my words - for example, when my older son asked if I might die, I said "some people do die from cancer, but many people don't. My doctors and I are going to do everything we can to keep me well."

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  • anonymous Profile

    A week after diagnosis now. My left shoulder/arm has been hurting for several weeks. Today I can barely lift it. Maybe its stress, or I slept funny, but I'm scared that it is related. My surgeon said that pain is not cancer, but could it be related ?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 3A Patient
    over 5 years 7 answers
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    • Jo Norwood Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Stress and fear sure can tighten neck and shoulders until the pain is unbearable. You've taken the first step to health, now take a breath and do some relaxation/stretching exercise to help loosen those tortured muscles. Good luck. Keep posting. :)

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    • Leslie Stoddard Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Ask if it could be frozen shoulder.

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  • patricia bacon Profile

    Has anyone had pain in your breast and chest wall a week after compressions?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 2 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Patricia, I would contact the office that performed the mammogram. Do you have any kind of bruising or discoloration on your breast? I seem to remember you wrote about this recently, is that right? I'd call tomorrow and ask about this. Take care, Sharon

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    • patricia bacon Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Sharon, no bruising on outside of breast just sore feeling inside. I will call doctor also going see a breast specialist for second opinion next week. Just concerned about the pain and discomfort in breast. Thanks for giving me comfort and caring.

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