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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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  • Jk Joyce Profile

    I have first and second degree burns under my arm from 16 radiations for breast cancer. Radiation is not as bad as chemo but it is not without bad side effects either. I am in pain!

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2012
    almost 8 years 8 answers
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    • vicki e Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      They gave me aquaphor as well as a rx burn cream . I feel for you. I remember those radiation burns Wear loose clothes and be kind to yourself. You are probably about halfway thru, right.? Hang in there and keep us posted.

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    • Lisa Taylor Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Hello Kaye, My doctor gave me Miaderm Radiation Relief lotion which is just for radiation and Mepilex Transfer pads to cover where the burns are on your skin! It worked well for me I hope it does the same for you!

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  • Traci Moore Profile

    Lymphedema? Can anyone please explain how to get the swelling down for better quality of life?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 8 years 2 answers
    • Pam Boysen Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I had the same thing and I was advised to go to physical therapy. I did and it was one of the best things I did. Swelling is gone and I have full range of motion in my arm again. I even had some cording which they took care of too. Your doc can write the order so your insurance picks up the...

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      I had the same thing and I was advised to go to physical therapy. I did and it was one of the best things I did. Swelling is gone and I have full range of motion in my arm again. I even had some cording which they took care of too. Your doc can write the order so your insurance picks up the bills. Please go see physical therapy it will help. Let me know how it goes...praying for you.

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    • Cathy Wadkins Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Traci, mine gathered on the front and back of my under arms, my bra contribute to some of the swelling.exercise is a must and gently learn go rub your area like you are moving it downward and across the chest. Exercise is a must

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  • skyeler bress Profile

    I am 17 weeks pregnant. I had surgery a week ago and start a long treatment plan of chemo next week. I feel like I'm battling for two lives. how can I protect my baby through all this?

    Asked by anonymous

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

      Hi Skyeler, I'm so sorry you're going through this. It's tough enough having breast cancer but you also have a little one to think of which puts a whole new spin on things. I visit another board that has several women who have gone through chemo during their pregnancy and came out on the other...

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      Hi Skyeler, I'm so sorry you're going through this. It's tough enough having breast cancer but you also have a little one to think of which puts a whole new spin on things. I visit another board that has several women who have gone through chemo during their pregnancy and came out on the other side. We are all very supportive here and I hope someone here will have a story to share with you as well. The other site is called breastcancer.org. Awesome discussion group with lots of young moms & women who had their treatments while pregnant. Much love & lots of hugs Skyeler.

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    • K G Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Oh my goodness. I was 4 weeks post partum when I found my lump, and my baby was 8 weeks old when I started treatment. I dont know where you live, but I would get multiple opinions to make sure you and your baby are getting the right treatment. I suggest getting involved in a support group,...

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      Oh my goodness. I was 4 weeks post partum when I found my lump, and my baby was 8 weeks old when I started treatment. I dont know where you live, but I would get multiple opinions to make sure you and your baby are getting the right treatment. I suggest getting involved in a support group, talking to a counselor maybe, continue talking to us on these websites. I have a friend who was 7 months pregnant when she found her lump and all are doing well now. She had chemo during pregnancy as well. Hang in there...,let that baby give you your strength to fight this awful disease. I found my baby helped me get through treatment so much because I know he needed his mom!! Thinking of you and stay strong to win!

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  • Jan Tunnera Profile

    Tuesday was my last radiation treatment. Whoo hoo!! It was so weird to not have to go. I have been having weird random pains by my incision site. Is that normal?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    about 7 years 7 answers
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    • Sara Tompkins Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Jan, Congratulations on finishing radiation. I agree, it was weird just finishing. I don't know what I expected, but nothing happened, we just stopped going to the hospital every day, which was nice.

      The pains you're having is most likely your skin healing from surgery. That will take...

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      Jan, Congratulations on finishing radiation. I agree, it was weird just finishing. I don't know what I expected, but nothing happened, we just stopped going to the hospital every day, which was nice.

      The pains you're having is most likely your skin healing from surgery. That will take months so be patient.

      Hope this helped,

      Sara

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    • Cheryl Wornham Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hi jan congrats on finishing radiation when I had stopped I to had weirded sensations in the breast that was treated I just assumed that it was normal but if you think you need to contact your radiologist do it Just for your price of mind
      You have a nice day

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