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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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    I have pain in my left breast on the side opposite of my armpit and there is a lump. Is this a sign of breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 1 answer
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      The best information I can give you is to go have this checked out. None of us can really say what this is. You need to see a doctor who may want to do specific testing. I would call and make an appointment as soon as you can for your own peace of mind.
      Good luck to you. Sharon

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  • Kavita Vora Profile

    I am currently undergoing radiation and my skin is badly burnt. Anything to soothe the skin?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 7 answers
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    • Cheryl Wornham Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hi I also went through radiation I was using 100% Aloe Vera no color added (clear)
      But your Dr. May suggest something else
      Good luck to ya

      Comment
    • Nancy Snowden Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I also burned when going through my radiation. My doctor had me use a wash that I bought over the counter that dried up the oozing from the burn. Sorry I do not remember the name.

      Comment
  • Mona Assadi Profile

    I'm 26 and I have been diagnosed with stage 2. Do I need a mastectomy??

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years 3 answers
    • Tiffani Warila Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I am 29 and based on the Size of the lump during ultrasound am borderline stage 1-2. I am doing 8 rounds of chemo before surgery in hopes of shrinking the tumor. Then only a lumpectomy will be needed. There are many different factors to consider though. Genetic testing to see if you are brca1 or...

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      I am 29 and based on the Size of the lump during ultrasound am borderline stage 1-2. I am doing 8 rounds of chemo before surgery in hopes of shrinking the tumor. Then only a lumpectomy will be needed. There are many different factors to consider though. Genetic testing to see if you are brca1 or brca2 positive, if there is more than one tumor, etc. Your doctor would be able to tell you if chemo first would be a good option for you. If you have any other questions feel free to ask me. I am more than willing to to help!

      Comment
    • Joan Rosov Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 3A Patient

      I have had breast cancer twice. Both times I had genetic testing The results really helped in the decision process.

      Comment
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    Stage 3c - is this serious without getting treated?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 3 answers
    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      I have stage 3C as well. Yes, it is extremely important that you get treated! Stage 3C has extensive lymph node involvement. Our stage is one step from stage 4 and could easily turn into 4 if left untreated. Stage four is when breast cancer metastasizes (spreads) to other organs, such as bones,...

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      I have stage 3C as well. Yes, it is extremely important that you get treated! Stage 3C has extensive lymph node involvement. Our stage is one step from stage 4 and could easily turn into 4 if left untreated. Stage four is when breast cancer metastasizes (spreads) to other organs, such as bones, liver, brain, lungs, etc. I'm not trying to scare you but I want you to be one of the survivors! Please get treated. Some people say the treatments are worse than the disease. Not true in my opinion. Sure, the treatments don't make you feel good....BUT it doable! And you want to live!

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    • Kris Shortridge Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Yes it is very serious. I am a stage 3 also. Without treatment, the cancer will spread to other organs

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