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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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  • terri mongomery Profile

    My name is Terri and I was diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ. At post op I was told stage 1b which started at a. The doctor said chemo or radiation. Please some one out there give me a little input.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 5 answers
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    • julie s Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      Radiation treats the breast tissue; chemo treats the whole body. Breast cancer.org has lots of good info

      1 comment
    • Isabel Souchet Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      Hi Terri, I think you should get a list of questions together for surgeon and oncologist. I had dcis, stage 1 n went they did the surgery, they found a very small tumor that was invasive ductal carcinoma. Because I was her 2 positive, I needed chemo n herceptin. There are a lot of variables here...

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      Hi Terri, I think you should get a list of questions together for surgeon and oncologist. I had dcis, stage 1 n went they did the surgery, they found a very small tumor that was invasive ductal carcinoma. Because I was her 2 positive, I needed chemo n herceptin. There are a lot of variables here and you need a lot more information. Get the biopsy notes, are you her 2 or estrogen/ pr positive? I really felt I needed a second opinion, which I got before proceeding with treatment. Keep us posted

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  • Joellen Wolfson Profile

    Does a satisfactory breast reconstruction depend on what type of treatment you have after surgery? I have read that radiation tends to shrink and also harden the breast tissue.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 8 years 1 answer
    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Hi Joellen. Yes radiation tends to shrink the tissue. So it can effect what type if reconstruction you have done. When I had my mastectomy I wasn't a candidate for immediate reconstruction due to my stage, etc. Now I'm finished with radiation and doing research on my options for surgery. My skin...

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      Hi Joellen. Yes radiation tends to shrink the tissue. So it can effect what type if reconstruction you have done. When I had my mastectomy I wasn't a candidate for immediate reconstruction due to my stage, etc. Now I'm finished with radiation and doing research on my options for surgery. My skin on the radiated side is not hard but it is tighter than the other side. I have made appts to visit plastic surgeons. I may not have enough skin to do the expanders with implants option. But there are several other types that give great results!! I am looking at DIEP flap reconstruction now. The do a mini tummy tuck & take fat from your tummy to form breasts. I've seen pics & it looks great!!!! Plus a flat tummy to boot! There's a few other options as well. Go to breastreconstruction.org. You can see real photos there. Best wishes to you, Diana. :)

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  • Lokomaikai Liz-t Profile

    Has anyone had radiation in the hips? Because of the location that will be radiated, I'm concerned about skin irritation. Any suggestions?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 9 years 1 answer
    • Martha  Phillips Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I have stage iv breast cancer that went to my bones in hips and spine it was a piece of cake radiation was easy no problems my cancer is responding well to radiation and faslodex and zometa

      2 comments
  • Karen Milburn Profile

    Getting chemo first . Some people do surgery/radiation & then chemo &some do chemo b4 surgery. Is it better to get chemo first or surgery first? how is it decided?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2B Patient
    over 6 years 6 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      None of it is is better. It is just was is decided is best in your individual case. Leah is right. When chemo is done first it is the attempt to get the tumor to shrink before surgery is done. It all depends on the stage, size and grade of your tumor. Whatever the oncologist and surgeon...

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      None of it is is better. It is just was is decided is best in your individual case. Leah is right. When chemo is done first it is the attempt to get the tumor to shrink before surgery is done. It all depends on the stage, size and grade of your tumor. Whatever the oncologist and surgeon decide is always what is best for you. Take care, Sharon

      1 comment
    • Leah Fortune Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      When you get chemo first they can see if the tumor shrinks. I don't know if one is better than the other. I removed mine then removed breast. I would of like to see chemo working, but I wanted the cancer out.

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