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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

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    Has anyone felt their breast become hard after 1 week of radiation treatment? I had a partial mast w/ reconstruction using my own breast tissue.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 6 years 1 answer
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Yes. It softening some.

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    Is this normal? I have triple negative, Stage 2 with no node BRCA negative. I'm just finishing 8 rounds if chemo, but no radiation.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 3 answers
    • Trish Watt Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I was triple neg stage 1 no mode involvement....I received 4 rounds dose dense Chemo followed by 6 weeks of radiation...did they do a test for the chance of reoccurrence....I had a very high chance of reoccurrence so they hit it with everything they had. AC/Taxol and radiation. No hormone therapy...

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      I was triple neg stage 1 no mode involvement....I received 4 rounds dose dense Chemo followed by 6 weeks of radiation...did they do a test for the chance of reoccurrence....I had a very high chance of reoccurrence so they hit it with everything they had. AC/Taxol and radiation. No hormone therapy afterward because of the triple neg. I had a bilateral mastectomy within 5 years because things started showing up on the other side. They still don't have a definite course of treatment for triple neg. They are still doing a lot of research. There is a website for triple negative cancer, that may give you more answers. If you still have questions don't be afraid to be proactive in your treatment....it's your body. I will say though,everyone's cancer is treated individually because everyone is different. If you still don't get the answers you need, get a second opinion. Stay positive. Blessings to you and your family.

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    • Linda Burke Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      I am triple negative,stage 1, no node involvement and braca negative. I had radiation and now on a regime of 6 chemo rounds. I would discuss with your Onc, as each plan of treatment should be hand picked and designed for each of us individually. I was not given an opt out for the radiation....

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      I am triple negative,stage 1, no node involvement and braca negative. I had radiation and now on a regime of 6 chemo rounds. I would discuss with your Onc, as each plan of treatment should be hand picked and designed for each of us individually. I was not given an opt out for the radiation. Please stay pro active. You are your own best advocate so ask questions . Sending hugs your way.

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  • Kristine Fonseca Profile

    What is the survival rate of Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, Stage 2, Triple Negative and what are the side effects of TAC Chemo treatments?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    over 6 years 4 answers
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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2006

      Hi Kristine I honestly don't have a definite answer for you regarding the survival rate . I have researched and read conflicting answers. I do know that it depends on the type of breast cancer that you are diagnosed with as well as other issues. However, I hope that you are encouraged by...

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      Hi Kristine I honestly don't have a definite answer for you regarding the survival rate . I have researched and read conflicting answers. I do know that it depends on the type of breast cancer that you are diagnosed with as well as other issues. However, I hope that you are encouraged by knowing that I celebrated my 5th year of being cancer free on 8/23/11. I was diagnosed with Triple Negative, Invasive and Stage 2A. I was 52 Yrs old when diagnosed and I am now 58.
      I know that God is in control of all our lives therefore I live my life a day at a time staying focused on what is most important to me and what makes me happy no matter what and that is my family and God. Follow your Dr's Advice:) always have hope, faith and love.
      Stay encouraged and enjoy each and everyday!
      Your Sister of Hope!!

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    • Cindy Rathbun Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Don't get caught up in numbers for "survival rate." If those statistics were important, we might never drive a car! I was diagnosed w Stage 2 Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, Triple Neg in Jan 2008. I had chemo, lumpectomy, and radiation. This past March 2011, I felt a lump in the same...

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      Don't get caught up in numbers for "survival rate." If those statistics were important, we might never drive a car! I was diagnosed w Stage 2 Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, Triple Neg in Jan 2008. I had chemo, lumpectomy, and radiation. This past March 2011, I felt a lump in the same breast...diagnosed DCIS, again TNBC. I elected to have bilateral mastectomy and immediate reconstruction. Post op pathology showed 2 additional types of micro malignant cells waiting to happen. I feel totally at peace with my decision. Life is good. I am back to playing golf and exercising. Yoga and meditation are high priority for staying focused and strong. The path to wellness starts in our own minds...know it, believe it, and you will be better than ever!

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  • vicky kayley Profile

    Got my results today no lymph involvement grade 3 er positive. Go back tomorrow to discuss chemo then when that's finished I start rads then 5 year of tamoxafen long road ahead but I'm ready to face it now.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 3 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Dear Vicky,

      I think there is something about knowing your path regarding your BC. It --sounds-- like you have IDC. There are good things about this diagnosis... no lymph node involvement and it is er+.... yahooo! I know I felt a sense of relief when my plan became apparent. When you are...

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      Dear Vicky,

      I think there is something about knowing your path regarding your BC. It --sounds-- like you have IDC. There are good things about this diagnosis... no lymph node involvement and it is er+.... yahooo! I know I felt a sense of relief when my plan became apparent. When you are faced with the unknown, it is human nature to "fill in the blanks" and we do a terrible job at it. I am actually happy for you and this plan to fight this BC. MANY women have done battle and won. Hang in there Vicky. We are all here to help you walk this path. Hang in there and healing hugs..... Sharon

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    • Evelyn Heilbrunn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Hi Vicky,

      I agree with Sharon 100%. There's something comforting in knowing what the plan is. It gives you some sense of control over an otherwise uncontrollable situation. Please know that I've fought this battle twice -- the 2nd one ended almost a month ago. There are SO many of us out...

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      Hi Vicky,

      I agree with Sharon 100%. There's something comforting in knowing what the plan is. It gives you some sense of control over an otherwise uncontrollable situation. Please know that I've fought this battle twice -- the 2nd one ended almost a month ago. There are SO many of us out there, and SO many of us have won. Just keep your eye on the prize and as miserable as you may get during treatment, just remember it won't last forever. Keep envisioning those little cancer cells croaking all over the place. Best of luck.

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