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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.

Related Questions

  • lois bunin Profile

    Suddenly I had an off/on medium pain in my breast. Is that a sign of breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 6 years 5 answers
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I never had pain but a strange tingling sensation in my nipple. I knew I had a lump but got an ok mammogram. I thought the feeling was caused by my clothing or a stray erotic thought I didn't know I was having since it acted as if my nipple had been stimulated. Since it wasn't unpleasant and I...

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      I never had pain but a strange tingling sensation in my nipple. I knew I had a lump but got an ok mammogram. I thought the feeling was caused by my clothing or a stray erotic thought I didn't know I was having since it acted as if my nipple had been stimulated. Since it wasn't unpleasant and I was embarrassed to say something, I didn't mention it to the surgeon when I saw him. Evidently, a 2.7 cm tumor of invasive ductal cancer can cause strange feelings. Haven't had that sensation since it was removed. Get it checked and don't take no for an answer. Jo

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    • Rita Jo Hayes Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      You may be told cancer Doug's not cause pain, but mine was. If you have any doubt have it checked out. Good luck.

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  • Jean Cassella Profile

    Had pain for 10 wks. All tests neg, so what can be going on with breast?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 10 answers
  • Valerie Torrence Nichols Profile

    Good Friday afternoon all. Just wanted to share that I had my last radiation treatment about 2 hours ago :). All finished with my bc treatment just follow up appointments now.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 6 years 23 answers
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    • Nancy Ries Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I will try again. As my three grandsons would say, you get a big high five followed by a fist bump!!!!

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      That's such great news. Now you can take a deep breath and move on to another part of your life and that is knowing how healthy you are after tolerating this long journey. We are brave, aren't we? I'm going to be starting RT in Aug. and God willing that will be my last part of my journey. Take...

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      That's such great news. Now you can take a deep breath and move on to another part of your life and that is knowing how healthy you are after tolerating this long journey. We are brave, aren't we? I'm going to be starting RT in Aug. and God willing that will be my last part of my journey. Take care and enjoy remembering what a strong woman you are! Jayme

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    fat necrosis following radiation?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    4 months 4 answers
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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I'm not sure what you are asking, I assume can radiation cause fat necrosis? I know someone who had an area of fat necrosis but it wasn't from radiation. You need to be asking your team about it.

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