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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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  • skyeler bress Profile

    I am 17 weeks pregnant. I had surgery a week ago and start a long treatment plan of chemo next week. I feel like I'm battling for two lives. how can I protect my baby through all this?

    Asked by anonymous

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

      Hi Skyeler, I'm so sorry you're going through this. It's tough enough having breast cancer but you also have a little one to think of which puts a whole new spin on things. I visit another board that has several women who have gone through chemo during their pregnancy and came out on the other...

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      Hi Skyeler, I'm so sorry you're going through this. It's tough enough having breast cancer but you also have a little one to think of which puts a whole new spin on things. I visit another board that has several women who have gone through chemo during their pregnancy and came out on the other side. We are all very supportive here and I hope someone here will have a story to share with you as well. The other site is called breastcancer.org. Awesome discussion group with lots of young moms & women who had their treatments while pregnant. Much love & lots of hugs Skyeler.

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    • K G Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Oh my goodness. I was 4 weeks post partum when I found my lump, and my baby was 8 weeks old when I started treatment. I dont know where you live, but I would get multiple opinions to make sure you and your baby are getting the right treatment. I suggest getting involved in a support group,...

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      Oh my goodness. I was 4 weeks post partum when I found my lump, and my baby was 8 weeks old when I started treatment. I dont know where you live, but I would get multiple opinions to make sure you and your baby are getting the right treatment. I suggest getting involved in a support group, talking to a counselor maybe, continue talking to us on these websites. I have a friend who was 7 months pregnant when she found her lump and all are doing well now. She had chemo during pregnancy as well. Hang in there...,let that baby give you your strength to fight this awful disease. I found my baby helped me get through treatment so much because I know he needed his mom!! Thinking of you and stay strong to win!

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  • Pam Boysen Profile

    Hi everyone. I am 6 months past chemo and 3 months past radiation, on Femara for 5 years. I am having lots of bone pain and hot flashes. Is this a side effect of the Femara?

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2011
    over 7 years 2 answers
    • Cathy Wadkins Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Yes chemo, femara, all these things works against your body. Just endure what ever

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    • Sue Rice Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Yes, that is the main side effects of Femara you can get treatment to help ease the flushes, talk to your gp or oncologist they will help. I am on femara as well and the hot flushes were unbearable I used to take Effexor which helped ease heaps but gave me headaches so now take Clonodine. Good luck

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  • gima green Profile

    How many weeks / days are radiation from breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 3 years 4 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Depends on your situation. I had 35 treatments

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I did 28 treatments, so daily Monday-Friday for 5 1/2 weeks. I had to remove clothing from the waist up (only a top since bras were bothersome) and put on a robe they used for patients. I do know someone who had brachytherapy and went twice a day for 5 days but not everyone can have this type...

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      I did 28 treatments, so daily Monday-Friday for 5 1/2 weeks. I had to remove clothing from the waist up (only a top since bras were bothersome) and put on a robe they used for patients. I do know someone who had brachytherapy and went twice a day for 5 days but not everyone can have this type of therapy.

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    Just diagnoised with DCIS, stage 0, grade 1. Had a lumpectomy with clean margins. Not sure about radiation treatment. Do I need it?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 8 years 7 answers
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    • Joanne Pawling Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I was diagnosed dcis, stage 0, grade 2 and 3. Lumpectomy done and also had clear margins. My doctors have recommended radiation, and I began treatments last week. I also began taking Tamoxifen. I wish you well in your decision. my thought was fight it now, and hopefully I will never have to deal...

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      I was diagnosed dcis, stage 0, grade 2 and 3. Lumpectomy done and also had clear margins. My doctors have recommended radiation, and I began treatments last week. I also began taking Tamoxifen. I wish you well in your decision. my thought was fight it now, and hopefully I will never have to deal with this again.

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    • Douglas Feil Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      That's a question for your doctor. You should get your doctor's opinion. My mom had the same thing, though, about 5 years ago. I think she opted out of radiation, but again, you have to get some second opinions. I think they (doctors) do radiation after a lumpectomy because they want to make...

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      That's a question for your doctor. You should get your doctor's opinion. My mom had the same thing, though, about 5 years ago. I think she opted out of radiation, but again, you have to get some second opinions. I think they (doctors) do radiation after a lumpectomy because they want to make sure they got all the abnormal cells, so nothing has a chance to spread later.

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