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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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  • beverly moody Profile

    Is anyone on hormone therapy and if so, how are you doing? Will know in two weeks if I am a candidate for it.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 3 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Hi Beverly, I have entered my 5th year of the hormone blocking drug Femara or Letrozole. I will be glad when I get to quit. For me, the side effects have been hot flashes, and joint and leg pain. It has been tolerable but for me, the hot flashes have been the most troubling. At first they...

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      Hi Beverly, I have entered my 5th year of the hormone blocking drug Femara or Letrozole. I will be glad when I get to quit. For me, the side effects have been hot flashes, and joint and leg pain. It has been tolerable but for me, the hot flashes have been the most troubling. At first they were just plain ugly. They have gotten better but still a pain. Everybody has different reactions and I always hesitate to say something negative because I don't want to scare anybody from taking this possibly life-saving treatment. The side effects were small price to pay and I am very thankful this is available and I was er/pr positive and her2 negative.

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    • beverly moody Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Yea those are small but peaty side effects will keep in touch good luck take care

      Comment
  • Hollie Fitzpatrick Profile

    Is rib pain normal with stage three breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 1 answer
    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2006

      Hi Hollie .

      You can experience rib pain (discomfort) regardless of the stage you are diagnosed. I was diagnosed with Triple Negative stage 2 and had rib pain (discomfort) while going through chemotherapy and after treatment for a short period. Although I never referred to it as pain it was...

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      Hi Hollie .

      You can experience rib pain (discomfort) regardless of the stage you are diagnosed. I was diagnosed with Triple Negative stage 2 and had rib pain (discomfort) while going through chemotherapy and after treatment for a short period. Although I never referred to it as pain it was more of a discomfort feeling for me.
      Stay encouraged and remember you are not in this alone.
      Love and Blessings!!

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  • Rafi Togoo Profile

    My mother (65 years old) has stage 4 breast cancer with bone metastasis. She is advised herceptin and chemotherapy every three weeks. Chemotherapy is for 6 cycles. How long do we have to continue with herceptin?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 4 answers
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    • Catherine Nodurft Profile
      anonymous
      Family Member or Loved One

      Sometimes doctors prescribe Herceptin for 1+ years, but it depends. Ask her oncologist what they recommend for your mother's case.

      Comment
    • Isabel Souchet Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      I had chemotherapy with herceptin for 5 treatments n then another 9 months, every three weeks, of herceptin.

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  • kim sosa Profile

    I was diagnosed IDCS stage 2 or 3A and everyone from Dr. to my bc sisters always tell me I should be around to watch my children grow up. But then the Dr. that works with my chemo Dr. tells me my survival rate doesn't look good. Those words crushed me

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 11 answers
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    • Erin Timlin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I agree w everyone. You need another doctor who is going to be encouraging and positive and will fight with you!! I was dx w invasive ductal in Oct. It was stage 2 with nodal involvement and I am doing great. The chemo completely dissolved the tumor and I had surgery Wed to excise the tissue and...

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      I agree w everyone. You need another doctor who is going to be encouraging and positive and will fight with you!! I was dx w invasive ductal in Oct. It was stage 2 with nodal involvement and I am doing great. The chemo completely dissolved the tumor and I had surgery Wed to excise the tissue and nodes. I have 2 little girls and I've been fighting since the start to see them grow up. You have great survival hope but you need positive people treating you!

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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      That's horrible Kim! What an awful thing to say!!! Don't you listen to that. Is this your oncologist? Your doctor should be encouraging & hopeful! It's so important in your healing. No one knows but God how long you have left on this earth. I began my journey with stage 3C last May. And now I'm...

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      That's horrible Kim! What an awful thing to say!!! Don't you listen to that. Is this your oncologist? Your doctor should be encouraging & hopeful! It's so important in your healing. No one knows but God how long you have left on this earth. I began my journey with stage 3C last May. And now I'm cancer free!!!! There is always always always hope!!!! think this doctor should be booted to the curb!

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