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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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    Is there any chance that my cancer could come back? I was diagnosed with invasive ductul carcinoma about a year ago. I am done with chemo and radiation but I am still scared and concerned.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 4 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Maria, I think that dark thought is always lurking because there are no guarantee's. My doctor and his associate said something to me that was comforting.... They said, "Go live your life and let us worry about your health." I just follow what they suggest, try to eat well, take care of myself,...

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      Maria, I think that dark thought is always lurking because there are no guarantee's. My doctor and his associate said something to me that was comforting.... They said, "Go live your life and let us worry about your health." I just follow what they suggest, try to eat well, take care of myself, get my check-ups, and enjoy the heck out of each day of my life. Do I still worry.....(?) of course, but there really isn't anything I can do other than live life. Do you think you are having some depression? Have you talked to your doctor about your concerns? Maybe you should make an appointment or at your next appointment, tell you doctor about your fears. There are women here who have had reoccurances but are getting treatments.
      I completely understand as do lots of women here on this board. Hopefully, the further you get away from the trauma of your treatment, your fears will ease. You have been through a very tough treatment.... as I always say... "Chemo, ain't for wimps!" U hope you gradually start to feel better... but if these fears start taking over, please get in to see your doctor. Big healing hugs and take care, Sharon

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    • Sandy MacDonald Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Don't let fear over something that may not happen interfere with living your life. Enjoy each day to the fullest!

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    Can I have developed cystitis from radiation to my breast?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 6 years 1 answer
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I don't think so,but you must drink that 64 ounces of water a day. Hydration is key to cell renewal . Tell your rad techs your problem. Good luck.

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    Has anyone been diagonosed with diabetes after chemo and radiation or during the aromasin treatment?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 2 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I was too. Probably some of the changes to your body because of the chemo and aromasin therapy. I gained weight, I became older (thankfully!) I couldn't exercise like I once did.... it all adds up and can tip your body over into the diabetic area.
      Take care, Sharon

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    • Lisa Taylor Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I agree with Sharon, but I'm hoping to get this weight off soon. My doctor told me I would notice a change after 6 months! Had surgery on 1/12/12! God Bless You!

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    Does having a pregnancy after the age of 43 increase the risks of breast cancer?

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years 3 answers
    • courtney byrd Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I want to use this means to let the world know that all hope is not lost Getting pregnant after having tubes clamped and burned, I know IVF and Reversal could help but it way too cost, i couldn't afford it either and i so desire to add another baby to my family been trying for 5 years, not until...

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      I want to use this means to let the world know that all hope is not lost Getting pregnant after having tubes clamped and burned, I know IVF and Reversal could help but it way too cost, i couldn't afford it either and i so desire to add another baby to my family been trying for 5 years, not until i came across Priest Babaka, who cast a pregnancy/Fertility spell for me and i got pregnant.l hope that women out there who are going through the same fears and worries l went through in GETTING PREGNANT , will find your contact as i drop it here on this site, and solution will come to them as they contact you. Thank you and God bless you to reach him email via: babaka.wolf@gmail.com or facebook at priestly.babaka

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    • Miriam michael Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I have been trying to get pregnant for 2 years of been married. My husband and I have been seeing fertility specialist We have done our best but no luck,My husband has a sperm count which goes up and down,My friend recommended a pregnancy product to me of Iya Hindi root and herbs; I applied all...

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      I have been trying to get pregnant for 2 years of been married. My husband and I have been seeing fertility specialist We have done our best but no luck,My husband has a sperm count which goes up and down,My friend recommended a pregnancy product to me of Iya Hindi root and herbs; I applied all the methods and technique step by step as mention in the Herbs. Within 2 weeks i am pregnant naturally without any medicine, If you looking for natural pregnancy without medicine you can use this: hindinative@yahoo.com .or WhatsApp.+19145295224 .

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