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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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  • sheri santorsola Profile

    Does anyone know anything about the safety of radiation a second time on the same spot? Going through a second recurrence and the doctor and radiologist suggest radiation therapy. Any ideas?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 6 answers
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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I would get another opinon or two. I would do a lot of research and ask a lot of questions before you consent.

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    • Jan Jones Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      My oncologist said you don't rad a place a 2nd time. I. Had a bil. Mastectomies in Jan. 12yrs after the lumpectomy ,rad 7weeks & Tamox. X 5yrs. You need a 2nd opinion . Good luck.

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  • Linda Simms Profile

    What are the treatment options and side effects for pregnant women?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 2 answers
    • Susan Cummings Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I have been trying to get pregnant for 6 years of been married. My husband and I have been seeing fertility specialist. We have done our best but no luck. My husband has a sperm count which goes up and down, the doctor has recommended him taking the Proceed supplement which he is doing over 4...

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      I have been trying to get pregnant for 6 years of been married. My husband and I have been seeing fertility specialist. We have done our best but no luck. My husband has a sperm count which goes up and down, the doctor has recommended him taking the Proceed supplement which he is doing over 4 years with no change in the situation .. I am was so confused until i contacted this powerful Iya Hindi Root and Herbs advised by my friend, so I contacted him and I told him all about my problem, so he agreed to help me, Iya Hindi prayed for me and he sent me some native herbal medicine, which i use, he told me to meet with my husband.. within a 2 weeks i used the medicine he sent me i was uneasy with my self, i started having morning sickness and hormonal changes. immediately went to the my doctor and it was confirm that I was pregnant.. all thanks to Iya Hindi for helping me and my family, i am now a proud mum of a baby boy… Do you need help of such kind then contact Iya Hindi, he can definitely help you. this her email address hindinative@yahoo.com .http://nativehindi.com/Or whats App number +19145295224.

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      Learning About Breast Cancer

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    What is the life span of someone with Stage 4?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 4 answers
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    • Janelle Strunk Profile
      anonymous
      Family Member or Loved One

      It is difficult to tell with any stage of breast cancer. Some women with stage IV breast cancer live many, many years and others lose the fight too soon. The power of prayer and good physicians and treatment can help extend the life span. I do know that most times when cancer is detected...

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      It is difficult to tell with any stage of breast cancer. Some women with stage IV breast cancer live many, many years and others lose the fight too soon. The power of prayer and good physicians and treatment can help extend the life span. I do know that most times when cancer is detected early, the survival rate is dramatically increased.

      But I know of women with Stage IV breast cancer that have lived years after a diagnosis. I even read about a woman who had lived 17+ years. So, sorry about the ambiguous answer, but there is no set life span. It varies depending on the type of breast cancer and if/where it has spread.

      It's best to keep hope alive!

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    • Lokomaikai Liz-t Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      It really depends on where it has metastasized and the type of breast cancer you have - hormone receptors, etc. I was diagnosed with Stage IV, which had spread to my lungs, liver and bones - six years ago. Maintaining a positive attitude and staying spiritually strong in addition to having a...

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      It really depends on where it has metastasized and the type of breast cancer you have - hormone receptors, etc. I was diagnosed with Stage IV, which had spread to my lungs, liver and bones - six years ago. Maintaining a positive attitude and staying spiritually strong in addition to having a great support system and a good oncologist has helped me persevere.

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    How long after radiation do I go on the 5 year pill?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years 3 answers
    • Lori Green Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      My oncologist had me wait two months until my body stabilized.

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    • Lysa Allison Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      My oncologist had me wait a month. You may want to talk with your doctor to see what they recommend. Good luck to you!

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