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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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    Disscomfort right breast fuller heavier than left one; acute sharp pain/very tender. Full hystorectomy over 15 years ago hormone replacement. Mamograms last 3 years normal. My mom died from breast cancer before age 60.

    Asked by anonymous

    Family Member or Loved One
    almost 8 years 4 answers
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Any changes at all in the breasts should be checked out ASAP! My right breast was fuller than my left, tender, & swollen. It seemed to happen overnight. I was diagnosed with breast cancer. And this came 5 months after a so called "clean" mammogram. Please get it checked out. It may be nothing to...

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      Any changes at all in the breasts should be checked out ASAP! My right breast was fuller than my left, tender, & swollen. It seemed to happen overnight. I was diagnosed with breast cancer. And this came 5 months after a so called "clean" mammogram. Please get it checked out. It may be nothing to worry about...but you never ever want to take that chance!! Always better to be safe than sorry. Keep us posted on how you are.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      My breast was uncomfortable, heavy and burning so I went and had a mammogram. They found IDC and I am mid way through my treatment. You need to have any changes to your breast checked out. Even more so because you have a family history. All the best.

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  • Kavita Vora Profile

    is is okay to apply Miaderm Cancer Radiation Treatment lotion on skin breakout and open wound which were caused by radiation?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 8 years 2 answers
    • Cheryl Wornham Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hi Kativa,
      I went through radiation and my dr told me to use Neosporin on the area it was serverly burnt and opening it did work for me but ask your Dr. If that would be ok or can he or she suggest something else

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    • L Parker Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I used Miaderm and it was great in dealing with the damage from radiation. You should check with your doctor about using it.

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    How long does it take an axillary node dissection to heal? I'm having pain and numbness, plus, it's difficult to sleep at night. Should I go to a PT?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 7 answers
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    • Patricia Stoop Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Yup it hurts more than the mastectomy. I had nasty lymph webbing like a "cord" from my armpit to wrist. I went to Physio and it got me full range, reduced the pain, etc. But find a good one with experience in it.

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    • Erin Timlin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I agree with all the previous answers! My lymph node dissection (in April) hurt more than the mastectomy I ultimately had (in May). I did use a pillow - one that was longer and narrow - and slept on my back with my arm elevated on it. It helped until I could move around in my sleep more. I...

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      I agree with all the previous answers! My lymph node dissection (in April) hurt more than the mastectomy I ultimately had (in May). I did use a pillow - one that was longer and narrow - and slept on my back with my arm elevated on it. It helped until I could move around in my sleep more. I also had the numbness and it's still not 100% back to normal, but I am used to it, I think. It's a slow and sometimes painful recovery. Definitely get a referral for physical therapy. There are PT's who specialize in post-mastectomy.

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    What is the goal of radiation therapy?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 3 answers
    • Patricia Stoop Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Depends on when it's done I believe. In my case it was after chemo and surgery. If done after surgery it helps to reduce risk of recurrence in that breast/chest wall/lymph and fry any stray cancer cells if they are left. I was told it would increase my survival rate... It can also be used to...

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      Depends on when it's done I believe. In my case it was after chemo and surgery. If done after surgery it helps to reduce risk of recurrence in that breast/chest wall/lymph and fry any stray cancer cells if they are left. I was told it would increase my survival rate... It can also be used to shrink tumour prior to surgery so the surgery can be less destructive.

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    • Ali S Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      To zap any tiny cancer cells that iChat be lingering and undetected. They over treat to lessen chance of Reoccurance

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