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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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  • Steph Flynn Profile

    Thanks for all the help everyone. My mom just finished chemo. Now onto radiation.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 5 answers
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2006

      Congratulations!!!

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      WOO-HOO! Chemo is a big one to check off her list. Give Mom a great big hug and hoot for all of us! Take care, Sharon

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  • Cathy Wadkins Profile

    I am sleeping in a reclyiner and can't sleep in a bed laying flat, I have a expander and it hurts. Any advice?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 8 years 7 answers
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    • deb s Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I slept in a recliner for about 3 weeks after my bilateral mastectomy with expanders. It has been just over 4 weeks, and I am beginning to be able to lay on each side. Although I did not do this, some people say that it is more comfortable if you use a pillow on each side for your arms. Good...

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      I slept in a recliner for about 3 weeks after my bilateral mastectomy with expanders. It has been just over 4 weeks, and I am beginning to be able to lay on each side. Although I did not do this, some people say that it is more comfortable if you use a pillow on each side for your arms. Good luck, it does get easier.

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    • Cathy Wadkins Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thanks Everybody! It feels good to know it will get better, God Bless

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  • Ronald Barfield Profile

    What are the side effects of radiation?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years 3 answers
    • Joanne Pawling Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I just finished 35 treatments. I get very tired each day, and just take a rest when I can. The first 3 weeks were pretty easy, but became more difficult as the skin became burned and tender. Each person is different. Speak often to the doctors and they can stay up on any side effect that...

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      I just finished 35 treatments. I get very tired each day, and just take a rest when I can. The first 3 weeks were pretty easy, but became more difficult as the skin became burned and tender. Each person is different. Speak often to the doctors and they can stay up on any side effect that presents. Good Luck!! Keep the faith!

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    • Cheryl Wornham Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hi Ronald,
      I am going thru radiation now had my 6th one today I'm now starting to feel that my skin is hotter than before but keep on putting the Aloe on not sure what will happen later when I get more treatments 24 more
      They say you can get tired but I don't feel that yet
      Hope...

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      Hi Ronald,
      I am going thru radiation now had my 6th one today I'm now starting to feel that my skin is hotter than before but keep on putting the Aloe on not sure what will happen later when I get more treatments 24 more
      They say you can get tired but I don't feel that yet
      Hope this helped good luck

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    Can I swim during radiation treatment?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 6 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I just went to my radiation planning appointment. I was told the same thing as Connie - no swimming during radiation.

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    • Alison Smith Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I did with no problems. I wore a shirt over my bathing suit just to make sure I didn't get any sun exposure on the treatment area.

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