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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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  • anonymous Profile

    I just read something that said if you have pain w/ your tumor that you have a higher chance of metastasizing or not surviving. I have IDC w/ an 8cm tumor, & yes, i am in pain. Thoughts?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    about 7 years 11 answers
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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Stop reading & freaking yourself out! Talk with your Dr. Stay positive. Prayers to you.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Maura,
      You.... are a girl after my own heart. Read ANYTHING that might sound really horrible, and have the tiniest of similarities to you....sigh. Don't read these little awful tidbits. You are not reading about you! There is probably some article about your mother eating tomatoes on an...

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      Maura,
      You.... are a girl after my own heart. Read ANYTHING that might sound really horrible, and have the tiniest of similarities to you....sigh. Don't read these little awful tidbits. You are not reading about you! There is probably some article about your mother eating tomatoes on an alternate Thursday and it gave YOU cancer! I had to quit reading this kind of stuff. You concentrate on getting through your treatment, trust your care team, and kick cancer in the butt by living a great life. You WILL overcome! Great big fuzzy pony hugs. Sharon

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  • Robin Bailey Profile

    I am undecided about getting radiation for DCIS. Surgery turned up nothing - biopsy got it all. I'm thinking risk is low...

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years 2 answers
    • Joanne Pawling Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had dcis. Biopsy got everything also. The radiation decreases the risk of it recurring. Good luck with your decision.

      Comment
    • Lav's Blue Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I was diagnosed with DCIS in Sept. My oncologist did not recommend radiation due to the (small) size of the area & wide (clear) margins. She told me to get a second opinion if I wasn't comfortable with that. Some oncologists believe that radiation should be given for all cases of DCIS. I...

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      I was diagnosed with DCIS in Sept. My oncologist did not recommend radiation due to the (small) size of the area & wide (clear) margins. She told me to get a second opinion if I wasn't comfortable with that. Some oncologists believe that radiation should be given for all cases of DCIS. I decided to hold off on radiation & take aromatase inhibitors for 5 years (my feeling is that if I develop invasive CA later on, I want to have the option of radiation at that time.) Also, 2/3 of DCIS do not become invasive, so I'm concerned about over treatment. It's confusing, so do your homework, ask for advice, but know in the end, it's your decision.

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  • Kat Pethispn Profile

    Is a painful lump diagnosed as carcinoma rare?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years Answer
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    Can early stages of IDC be removed by a lumpectomy and radiation?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years Answer

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