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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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  • Lori S Profile

    Anyone know the timeframe for starting tamoxifen as an adjuvant therapy following chemo and radiation?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 6 years 4 answers
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      anonymous
      Stage 3B Patient

      I finished chemo and 1/2 way done with radiation I'm supposed to start tamoxifen as soon as I'm done with radiation.

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    • Jk Joyce Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I started tamoxifen a week ago and I finished my radiation in May. I had second degree burns from the rad. And he wouldn't let me start it until I healed more. The outside has healed but the inside is still so sore and painful. They say it may take a year for that to get better. I think the...

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      I started tamoxifen a week ago and I finished my radiation in May. I had second degree burns from the rad. And he wouldn't let me start it until I healed more. The outside has healed but the inside is still so sore and painful. They say it may take a year for that to get better. I think the Tamox. Has irritated it because I have been sorer since I started it.

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    Both of my grandmothers had breast cancer, one died and one had a mastectomy and is still alive! I am 47, am having pain, swelling and itching but feel no lumps! I have scheduled a mammogram but I am freaking out! Does this sound like it could be cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 6 years 5 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Anonymous,
      I absolutely know the fear you are having but you need to go and get a mammogram now mostly for your own peace of mind. Have you had a mammogram in the past? Anytime you have itching, swelling, pain, anywhere in your body it needs to be checked! Try not to think your grandmothers...

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      Anonymous,
      I absolutely know the fear you are having but you need to go and get a mammogram now mostly for your own peace of mind. Have you had a mammogram in the past? Anytime you have itching, swelling, pain, anywhere in your body it needs to be checked! Try not to think your grandmothers fate will be yours. It is something to be aware of and to make your doctor aware also but it isn't something written in stone. Breast cancer is sneaky. It can hurt, swell, itch, have lumps, not have lumps, be a rash, invert nipples, have all sorts of weird things.... or it won't bother you at all. Put on those big girl panties and get a doctor's appointment. It is time to get those "girls" checked. Hang in there and take care, Sharon

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    • Jk Joyce Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I have always heard that breast cancer is not painful. Mine was very small and had no symptoms but was found on a mammogram. Maybe you have an infection. Make an appt and get it checked. Keep us updated. Praying for great news.

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  • Christina Archambault Profile

    26 year old her 1 positive stage 2b 3 nosds pos. I get my last chemo April 19th ! I have been really strong for the most part threw this chemo! I find I am getting scared for my future as the chemo is coming to an end .. Did u worrie bout your future ?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2B Patient
    about 6 years 12 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I'll be finished May 8th with chemo and I too feel apprehensive. Chemo has really tired me out and the affects of it are becoming more but still there's the comforting thought that chemo is fighting the cancer. I keep thinking that I must take one day at a time. There are still more procedures to...

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      I'll be finished May 8th with chemo and I too feel apprehensive. Chemo has really tired me out and the affects of it are becoming more but still there's the comforting thought that chemo is fighting the cancer. I keep thinking that I must take one day at a time. There are still more procedures to go through to be cancer free.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I have heard this many, many, times! People have a sense of loss when they are coming to the end of their chemotherapy. You feel protected and cared for during your treatment and all of a sudden, it is over. So for everyone who has this feeling, it is oh so common. You are like a fledgling...

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      I have heard this many, many, times! People have a sense of loss when they are coming to the end of their chemotherapy. You feel protected and cared for during your treatment and all of a sudden, it is over. So for everyone who has this feeling, it is oh so common. You are like a fledgling getting pushed out into the world to fly on your own. I on the other hand, counted the days until I was done and although I liked everybody, I was thrilled to get back to my life, my horses, and my HAIR! I think this feeling of a little bit of loss, and this safe caccoon, is something that will fade as you transition to another part of your treatment or back to your regular life. My congratulations for being done with your chemo..... YAHOOO!!! You will continue to be strong but you are saying good bye to this part of your treatment. Take care, Sharon

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  • sally go Profile

    How long will one live with Stage 4 invasive ductal cancer without going through treatment?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 1 answer
    • elyssa m Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      A person has cancer. Cancer dosnt have a person. Remember that stay positive and may god bless you:)

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