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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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    My recently diagnosed 40yr old sister-in-law doesn't want my help. We live 30 miles away and only see her a few times a year. Her church and neighbors are supportive. Any suggestions on how to be there for her?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 4 answers
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    • Betsy Chapin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      How to help? One thing about breast cancer is that it can be a long process between surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. I know when I was going through treatment, I didn't want help either and I didn't want people hovering over me because I was determined not to be a patient. However people...

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      How to help? One thing about breast cancer is that it can be a long process between surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. I know when I was going through treatment, I didn't want help either and I didn't want people hovering over me because I was determined not to be a patient. However people comforted me in many ways. My sisters who lived out of town, checked in with me weekly by phone or email, they sent care packages during the weeks I had chemotherapy with books, warm fuzzy socks, and sometimes sent flowers. My friends were determined to cook for me, but I was dreading being bombarded with visitors when I felt miserable. So I placed a cooler outside my door and they all took turns delivering food for my family when I could not function. One place I looked forward to having visitors was the chemotherapy room because I needed to sit there for a few hours and I was usually feeling quite well on those days. Some friends and family also drove me to radiation as it was an hours drive away. And then there were cards and notes in the mail that to this day I still read as I look back on how people helped me when I never wanted help, but that is what got me through the most difficult time in my life. I am thankful that so many people found a way to care. My thoughts are with you and your sister- in-law and I know you will find your own way to help her. Take care!

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    • Jennifer Jackson Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I agree with all of the above. Never underestimate the power of prayer. I recently experienced a very bad cancer scare, and felt comforted through the prayers of others.

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  • Lori S Profile

    Anyone know the timeframe for starting tamoxifen as an adjuvant therapy following chemo and radiation?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years 4 answers
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      anonymous
      Stage 3B Patient

      I finished chemo and 1/2 way done with radiation I'm supposed to start tamoxifen as soon as I'm done with radiation.

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    • Jk Joyce Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I started tamoxifen a week ago and I finished my radiation in May. I had second degree burns from the rad. And he wouldn't let me start it until I healed more. The outside has healed but the inside is still so sore and painful. They say it may take a year for that to get better. I think the...

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      I started tamoxifen a week ago and I finished my radiation in May. I had second degree burns from the rad. And he wouldn't let me start it until I healed more. The outside has healed but the inside is still so sore and painful. They say it may take a year for that to get better. I think the Tamox. Has irritated it because I have been sorer since I started it.

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    I'm 39 and have DCIS. I had a lumpectomy with clear margins. I'm supposed to start radiation soon but am considering not doing it. I'm taking tamoxifen. Anyone do radiation that wishes they hadn't or vice versa?

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    about 4 years 11 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      The stat's I have heard.... the best longterm survival is, lumpectomy and radiation. I just don't understand why a woman would even contemplate not taking the treatment recommended to give them the best odds of longterm survival. The ladies here are all so kind and nice, I want to reach through...

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      The stat's I have heard.... the best longterm survival is, lumpectomy and radiation. I just don't understand why a woman would even contemplate not taking the treatment recommended to give them the best odds of longterm survival. The ladies here are all so kind and nice, I want to reach through the computer and shake you by the shoulders and say WHAT THE CATHAIR ARE YOU THINKING? You are young, this is your opportunity to give yourself the chance of never having to deal with this again. Take care, Sharon

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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      stage_4 Patient

      It's a personal choice that you should get your docs opinion on. I am 39 and just finished radiation in December with no issues. I also had IDC and went through chemo and lumpectomy prior to radiation. For me it was just another line of defense and they wouldn't do it if they didn't find...

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      It's a personal choice that you should get your docs opinion on. I am 39 and just finished radiation in December with no issues. I also had IDC and went through chemo and lumpectomy prior to radiation. For me it was just another line of defense and they wouldn't do it if they didn't find value in it. And at 39, I wanted to do everything I knew I could to fight it.

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  • Patty Meyer  Profile

    Diagnosis on 9-17-12 of trip-neg inflammatory bc, I have used Medical Marijuana daily for the following topics. I told all my doctors and everyone else that I it was elping me greatly. Legal in my state. Anyone else find help through MM?

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2012
    almost 5 years 2 answers
    • Lou Cam Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I think if it helps with pain or nausea, that is a good thing, just as any prescription that can help ease symptoms. What I would think might not be good for healing and general health, is if it is in a form to be smoked.

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    • angela allan Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Since having my mastectomy and all my lump odes removed under my arm I have smoked marauna all the time to help me keep sane!!! I'm due for chemo and medication starting next week and I'm totally past myself but for the smoke try a vaporiser good luck

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