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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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  • lisa epstein Profile

    I had stage 1 2.1mm and grade 3, I had a lumpectomy and am er positive nodes neg. and clear margins. What kind of treatment do you think I will need now?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 1 Patient
    over 7 years 1 answer
    • Lysa Allison Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I would talk with your doctor but I chose to have radiation after the lumpectomy and am now taking Tamoxifen. I know this is a scary time but I wanted to do everything I could to keep from having another cancer. God bless you and be with you through your journey.

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  • Unlucky Youth Profile

    Does a biopsy hurt?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years 6 answers
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    • Evelyn Heilbrunn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Hey, you!

      The first thing that comes to mind is, don't jump to conclusions and think of yourself as unlucky. You don't know anything yet. Many, many girls and women have breast lumps or abnormalities that aren't cancer. It's pretty rare to have breast cancer in your "youth."

      Does a biopsy...

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      Hey, you!

      The first thing that comes to mind is, don't jump to conclusions and think of yourself as unlucky. You don't know anything yet. Many, many girls and women have breast lumps or abnormalities that aren't cancer. It's pretty rare to have breast cancer in your "youth."

      Does a biopsy hurt? Not really. You don't say whether it's a needle biopsy or a surgical biopsy. Either way, they'll give you "Novocaine" -- same thing as the dentist -- to make it numb around the area of the biopsy. That's the only pain you'll feel. The needle is really small. After the first stick of the needle everything gets numb so you don't really feel any additional sticks.

      You might feel some pressure, pulling, or tugging, but the biopsy itself won't hurt. If you happen to feel ANY pain at all, tell them right away and they'll give you more numbing medicine.

      Please let us know how everything goes.

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    • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      I agree with Sharon's advise I hope you have talked to your parents and have an appointment with your doctor. We are all worried and concerned about you. I'm also worried about your use of your profile name "unlucky youth". You need to talk to someone that you trust that can...

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      I agree with Sharon's advise I hope you have talked to your parents and have an appointment with your doctor. We are all worried and concerned about you. I'm also worried about your use of your profile name "unlucky youth". You need to talk to someone that you trust that can get you the proper help you need . Not sure if school has started for you yet as it has here in hawaii. If it has please go and talk to your school nurse or counselor or a favorite teacher, or even a friends mom if you are having a hard time talking to your own mom You have a lot of concerns and worries. You have been through a lot of illnesses we all understand your fears and concerns and are praying that you get the care that you need. as a mother of a 13 year old daughter My heart aches when she is sick and worried i feel her pain as if it is my own. I pray all goes well with you. Take care.

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    My recently diagnosed 40yr old sister-in-law doesn't want my help. We live 30 miles away and only see her a few times a year. Her church and neighbors are supportive. Any suggestions on how to be there for her?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 4 answers
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    • Betsy Chapin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      How to help? One thing about breast cancer is that it can be a long process between surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. I know when I was going through treatment, I didn't want help either and I didn't want people hovering over me because I was determined not to be a patient. However people...

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      How to help? One thing about breast cancer is that it can be a long process between surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. I know when I was going through treatment, I didn't want help either and I didn't want people hovering over me because I was determined not to be a patient. However people comforted me in many ways. My sisters who lived out of town, checked in with me weekly by phone or email, they sent care packages during the weeks I had chemotherapy with books, warm fuzzy socks, and sometimes sent flowers. My friends were determined to cook for me, but I was dreading being bombarded with visitors when I felt miserable. So I placed a cooler outside my door and they all took turns delivering food for my family when I could not function. One place I looked forward to having visitors was the chemotherapy room because I needed to sit there for a few hours and I was usually feeling quite well on those days. Some friends and family also drove me to radiation as it was an hours drive away. And then there were cards and notes in the mail that to this day I still read as I look back on how people helped me when I never wanted help, but that is what got me through the most difficult time in my life. I am thankful that so many people found a way to care. My thoughts are with you and your sister- in-law and I know you will find your own way to help her. Take care!

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    • Jennifer Jackson Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I agree with all of the above. Never underestimate the power of prayer. I recently experienced a very bad cancer scare, and felt comforted through the prayers of others.

      Comment
  • Paula Tay Profile

    I have stage 1 BC... Had a lumpectomy November 25th. Last weekend I had severe hives and my breast is redish.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 2 answers
    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Yes, I agree with Lysa. Contact your dr ASAP.

      Comment
    • Lysa Allison Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had a lumpectomy and did not experience hives or redness. I would contact my doctor. It's better to safe than sorry.

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