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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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  • Susan Green Profile

    Is anybody out there who has been diagnosed with stage 2, er pos, her2 neg, infiltrating cancer who has decided or not had to go through chemo and radiation with good results?

    Asked by anonymous

    Patient
    about 7 years 4 answers
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    • Jessica Fisher Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 3A Patient

      Stage 2 IDC er pr positive her2 neg bilateral mast followed by 8 months of chemo but no radiation due to the bilateral mast so far so good cancer free:)

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    • Kim Wallis Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had stage 2 ER & pr positive invasive. I did not have radiation because I chose to ha a bi lateral mastectomy and because I am her2 neg did not have chemo just 5 years of hormone treatment. I am happy with the result

      3 comments
  • Jodie Brummet Profile

    Can you have tissue expanders if the breast has had radiation?

    Asked by anonymous

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

      I had my bilateral mastectomy in Oct. due to several different things, I was not a candidate for immediate reconstruction at the time of surgery. I had to have more chemo after surgery. I will begin my radiation next week. I chose to change my surgical oncologist a couple of days ago due to...

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      I had my bilateral mastectomy in Oct. due to several different things, I was not a candidate for immediate reconstruction at the time of surgery. I had to have more chemo after surgery. I will begin my radiation next week. I chose to change my surgical oncologist a couple of days ago due to several different issues with my post care. My new surgeon told me that I might have enough skin to place expanders when I am ready for reconstruction. We'll have to wait to see how tight my skin is afterwards. I know there are several other options like DIEP flap, Latissimus Dorsi flap, etc. I was told I'd have to wait at least 3 months after radiation. Yes, Anne Marie's right...it depends a lot on the PS's skill as well. Don't hesitate to get a second opinion. :)

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    • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      I think it depends on the doctor my friend had radiation for hodgkins disease when she was 15 and again at 22 developed breast cancer at 43 again had radiation. Then a reoccurrence of breast cancer at 45 so had mastectomies she had two different types if reconstruction. The side she had radiation...

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      I think it depends on the doctor my friend had radiation for hodgkins disease when she was 15 and again at 22 developed breast cancer at 43 again had radiation. Then a reoccurrence of breast cancer at 45 so had mastectomies she had two different types if reconstruction. The side she had radiation for breast cancer they did a skin flap from her back on the other side they did a regular mastectomy both sides with tissue expanded it's been 3 years and she has not had a problem her recovery went well in fact was back at work the next week. You should get a second opinion sometimes it's all about the doctors skill level

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  • Sharaya Staley Profile

    Can you get pregnant while taking tamoxifen?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 62 answers
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    • Amanda Herbert Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      You need help to get pregnant? contact Dr Odia spell temple on this email (pregnancysolutionhome@gmail.com) or skype with him directly on his Skype ID: kelly.white725, I am Stacy Maria from USA, I have been trying for 10 years to get pregnant and needed help! i have Been going to the doctors but...

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      You need help to get pregnant? contact Dr Odia spell temple on this email (pregnancysolutionhome@gmail.com) or skype with him directly on his Skype ID: kelly.white725, I am Stacy Maria from USA, I have been trying for 10 years to get pregnant and needed help! i have Been going to the doctors but still nothing. the doctor said me and my husband are fine , I don’t know where else to turn. until one day my friend Amanda introduce me to this great spell caster who helped her to get back her lost husband back with love spell and also made her pregnant, So I decided to contact this spell caster Dr Odia on his email (pregnancysolutionhome@gmail.com) after interaction with him he instructed me on what to do, after then i had sex with the man I love most in this world, within the next one months i went for a check up and my doctor confirmed that i am 4weeks pregnant am so happy !!!!! if you also need help to get pregnant or need your ex back please contact his email address: (pregnancysolutionhome@gmail.com) he did it for me and he can also solve your problem too

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    • Roseline Alex Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      i just want to give thanks to my spiritual mother who help me and is been a year now when you help me conceive my son micheal and save my marriage, i was married for without conceiving until the issue resolved to problem in my marriage which about to be broken until iya basira help with her...

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      i just want to give thanks to my spiritual mother who help me and is been a year now when you help me conceive my son micheal and save my marriage, i was married for without conceiving until the issue resolved to problem in my marriage which about to be broken until iya basira help with her spiritual powers, i was really worried and bothered because i don't want to loose my husband to another woman. i have went to hospital, the doctor told me that i can't get pregnant again due to my last abortion. i thought have lost my husband already and i have lost hope and faith until one day that a very good friend of mine introduce me to native iya basira of the i contacted her. she did spiritual prayers and bless me with the fruit of the womb a try which make me to be happy today. now i have giving birth to healthy boy. and my husband now love me more than before. so that's while i am here to share the good work of native woman to help my family, i pray that my God will reward you for all that you have done for me for bringing smile to my face once again.here is her contact for anybody who need her help also nativeiyabasira@yahoo.com

      14 comments
  • nicky doyle Profile

    Hi all, I'm 27 yrs old from Ireland im scheduled for a mastectomy, then chemo and radiation would love to have contact with someone around my age whos gone or going through treatment

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 10 answers
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    • Brooke Lancaster Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      Hi Nicky, I am 33, was diagnosed at 32. I just finished my 6 rounds of chemo 3 weeks ago and starting radiation next week. I was diagnosed 2 A. Triple negative. I did pretty good thru chemo. No nausea, just very tired, and it went really fast. Can't believe I am done. Hang in there and u will get...

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      Hi Nicky, I am 33, was diagnosed at 32. I just finished my 6 rounds of chemo 3 weeks ago and starting radiation next week. I was diagnosed 2 A. Triple negative. I did pretty good thru chemo. No nausea, just very tired, and it went really fast. Can't believe I am done. Hang in there and u will get thru it. Stay strong and positive. Remember it's all mind over matter.

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    • Lucy Whiten Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hi. I'm 32 and was diagnosed sept 2011 while my husband was in Afghanistan. I've had my first lot of chemo followed by another 5 cycles I'm then having a masectomy and reconstruction then radiotherapy. I can't believe how many strong women there are out there going through the same thing. It...

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      Hi. I'm 32 and was diagnosed sept 2011 while my husband was in Afghanistan. I've had my first lot of chemo followed by another 5 cycles I'm then having a masectomy and reconstruction then radiotherapy. I can't believe how many strong women there are out there going through the same thing. It really touches my heart. Stay strong like me :-) x

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