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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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  • Kristine Fonseca Profile

    What is the survival rate of Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, Stage 2, Triple Negative and what are the side effects of TAC Chemo treatments?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    about 7 years 4 answers
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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2006

      Hi Kristine I honestly don't have a definite answer for you regarding the survival rate . I have researched and read conflicting answers. I do know that it depends on the type of breast cancer that you are diagnosed with as well as other issues. However, I hope that you are encouraged by...

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      Hi Kristine I honestly don't have a definite answer for you regarding the survival rate . I have researched and read conflicting answers. I do know that it depends on the type of breast cancer that you are diagnosed with as well as other issues. However, I hope that you are encouraged by knowing that I celebrated my 5th year of being cancer free on 8/23/11. I was diagnosed with Triple Negative, Invasive and Stage 2A. I was 52 Yrs old when diagnosed and I am now 58.
      I know that God is in control of all our lives therefore I live my life a day at a time staying focused on what is most important to me and what makes me happy no matter what and that is my family and God. Follow your Dr's Advice:) always have hope, faith and love.
      Stay encouraged and enjoy each and everyday!
      Your Sister of Hope!!

      5 comments
    • Cindy Rathbun Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Don't get caught up in numbers for "survival rate." If those statistics were important, we might never drive a car! I was diagnosed w Stage 2 Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, Triple Neg in Jan 2008. I had chemo, lumpectomy, and radiation. This past March 2011, I felt a lump in the same...

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      Don't get caught up in numbers for "survival rate." If those statistics were important, we might never drive a car! I was diagnosed w Stage 2 Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, Triple Neg in Jan 2008. I had chemo, lumpectomy, and radiation. This past March 2011, I felt a lump in the same breast...diagnosed DCIS, again TNBC. I elected to have bilateral mastectomy and immediate reconstruction. Post op pathology showed 2 additional types of micro malignant cells waiting to happen. I feel totally at peace with my decision. Life is good. I am back to playing golf and exercising. Yoga and meditation are high priority for staying focused and strong. The path to wellness starts in our own minds...know it, believe it, and you will be better than ever!

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    Five years ago, I had chemo, a mastectomy (left) and radiation. Recently I am having pain on my left breast-side again. Should I be worried?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 2 answers
    • Erin Timlin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Pains are normal following radiation, but five years seems like a long time. I'd visit a doctor as well just to be sure.

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    • julie s Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      Just get it checked and save yourself the fear of the unknown.

      Comment
  • anonymous Profile

    cough after radiation

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2B Patient
    about 5 years 6 answers
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    • Leah Fortune Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      I just read your bio. Sorry you have to go thru this. I think if you give up on some of the anger you will be happier. Good luck acceptance

      1 comment
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      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      I have had radiation at the end of 2012 - 2013 a cough started, right after 6 months. I went to Dr. had x-rays, d-dimer test etc... I think it's radiation cough, anyone else experience this?
      thanks,
      Radiation Girl

      Comment
  • Shelley Gilchrist Lerdahl Profile

    I am plagued by phantom breast pain and itching, any suggestions to help ease it?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 5 years 5 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I use to scratch my back directly opposite of where it itched and it has worked for me ...lol

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    • Jo Rogers Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Try Sarna lotion, it's anti-itchy. I find if I am really itchy it helps. You can find at drugstore, hope this helps. Itchy bothers me more than occasional pain.

      Comment

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