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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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  • Cyndi Zimmerman Profile

    What is stage 2B breast cancer including lymph node ducts?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years 3 answers
    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2006

      Cyndi this site has an excellent explanation of the various stages under the learn category. If you still have questions regarding your stage your oncologist

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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2006

      Sorry I accidently hit the done key before finishing. But I was going to say ask your oncologist to explain in more details so that you are very clear on your stage.

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  • blair greiner Profile

    Anyone who has expanders: Do yours hurt where they met the rib cage? Mine are so painful and I had them in 2 months ago.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 7 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      My friends who have gone through the expander experience all reported pain to different varying degree's. Something really nice will come out of the entire uncomfortable journey. Hang in there because there is an end to it eventually.... and a nice set of
      "ta-ta's" too!

      Take care, Sharon

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      anonymous
      Patient

      My expander has been in for 2 months. I have zero pain. Its as if nothing ever happened. They even had to cut a piece out of my chest wall (where the tumor was laying). I guess I'm real lucky. Im so sorry you are in pain. I hope you feel better soon.

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    If I do chemo, is it necessary for me to do radiation, too?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    about 6 years 6 answers
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Go girl and be well!!!!!!

      Comment
    • celien thorne Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      No , not always .. In my case I had a r side mastectomy and chemo n Herceptin i had clear margins clear lymph etc .. But at first before I had any treatment they told me I would have radiation too.. But my circumstances were diff so I had to have a mastectomy first then they said I didn't need...

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      No , not always .. In my case I had a r side mastectomy and chemo n Herceptin i had clear margins clear lymph etc .. But at first before I had any treatment they told me I would have radiation too.. But my circumstances were diff so I had to have a mastectomy first then they said I didn't need any Radiation which I was very happy about .. So I guess it's a case by case basis

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    What if I decline Chemotherapy and just do Rad because my Oncotype test in the middle?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    about 6 years 3 answers
    • Alison Smith Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Mine was in the middle too. I decided to do chemo. My dr told me it wasn't a wrong decision either way. I just wanted to lower my chances of reoccurrence . It's a tough decision!

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      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      Thanks

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