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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.

Related Questions

  • gima green Profile

    Has anyone begun have headaches during from radiation of breast cancer? I'm10 days into radiation treatment and have headaches the last few days.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 4 years 2 answers
    • Trisha Muller Quinn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2014

      Maybe it's they position they are putting you into while you get zapped !!!..... Or maybe just a little stress !!! .. Get your eyes checked or rechecked for glasses ... Drink heaps of water because radiation heats up your body temperature .... But .. A chat with techs before your next radiation...

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      Maybe it's they position they are putting you into while you get zapped !!!..... Or maybe just a little stress !!! .. Get your eyes checked or rechecked for glasses ... Drink heaps of water because radiation heats up your body temperature .... But .. A chat with techs before your next radiation session may help or a doctor appointment!! ::))))

      Comment
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      It could be a number of things. I saw my doctor every Monday while doing rads. and even though I saw him the Monday of the last week I also saw him on my last day, that Friday. I did mention something to one of the techs. one time and she went and got the doctor to answer my question before...

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      It could be a number of things. I saw my doctor every Monday while doing rads. and even though I saw him the Monday of the last week I also saw him on my last day, that Friday. I did mention something to one of the techs. one time and she went and got the doctor to answer my question before starting that day.

      Comment
  • Connie Logan Profile

    Is there anything I can do to stop the bone pain from the neulasta shot? This is my second treatment and it wasn't this bad last time.

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2B Patient
    almost 8 years 5 answers
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    • L D  Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2004

      My oncologist halved my dose which really helped and my numbers were good enough with that.

      Comment
    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Yes Erin's right. Those two things helped me a great deal with the bone pain. And I would also soak in a tub of really warm water.

      Comment
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    Is a hardness in the breast tissue normal during radiation?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years 3 answers
    • Gizelle D'Orsey Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      My radiologist said it was. I too have a hardening in the area of radiation.

      Comment
    • Sherry Downing Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Yes. I am six years past radiation and I am still hardened and numb in areas. The radiation does a lot of damage (at least in my case) but the alternative made it worth it. Hmmmm...a tumor or hardness. You can guess what I decided to do!

      Comment
  • Nikol Vega Profile

    Any ideas on how to tell my 10 year old daughter I have breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years 4 answers
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    • Surf  Momma Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I have a 10 year old and year old. I just told both kids one month ago. I told them when I knew I would not be hysterical about it. It is all in your delivery. My kids have been fine.

      Comment
    • Janelle Strunk Profile
      anonymous
      Family Member or Loved One

      Nikol,

      Be strong, but be honest. Most experts advise that you talk to your child about the cancer as soon as you are able to manage your own emotions. You do not have to hide your emotions, but be sure to wait until you can focus on the needs of your children and not your own.

      It might also...

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      Nikol,

      Be strong, but be honest. Most experts advise that you talk to your child about the cancer as soon as you are able to manage your own emotions. You do not have to hide your emotions, but be sure to wait until you can focus on the needs of your children and not your own.

      It might also be helpful to come up with an outline of topics that you want to cover, because your talk with your daughter will likely become emotional and you may forget what you wanted to say.

      Here is a link to a short article in Parents that may be helpful: http://www.parents.com/parenting/moms/healthy-mom/6-ways-to-tell-your-kids-about-breast-cancer/

      Also, remember that you are not alone. Not too long ago, on this site, someone else asked the question "How do I tell my kids". Click on this question and you can see some suggestions from women who have also had to do this: http://beyondtheshock.com/questions/561

      I am so sorry to hear about your diagnosis, but am wishing you the best. Stay strong and keep hope!

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