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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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  • Margaret S Profile

    Completed 25 rads last Tuesday, now have infection in TE (fever, pain). Started antibiotics yesterday. Anyone have this happen, and what was your outcome? Thanks in advance.

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 3C Patient
    over 7 years 2 answers
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I did not do Rads, but I had a fever after the reconstruction surgery. I got the antibiotics but it got worse and they had to remove the TE. Good luck to you!!

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    • T H Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Hi Margaret, I just read this post. How do you do with TE infection? I start radiation this week . I have a infection in the drain removal area. Dr has me on antibiotics for 10 days. Thank you if you can reply. And how are you now?

      1 comment
  • Brenda  Hawkins  Profile

    Stage 2, invasive ductal and lobule cancer, centinal node positive, 16 out of 16 axillary nodes negative, triple positive. Treatment??

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    about 8 years 1 answer
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Brenda, there are lots of online sites you can access to see what the treatment is. I had Stage 2B IDC with one positive sentinal node. Did you have a Oncotype DX test? Even if another woman has exactly the same case, there could be microscopic differences that changes your course of...

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      Brenda, there are lots of online sites you can access to see what the treatment is. I had Stage 2B IDC with one positive sentinal node. Did you have a Oncotype DX test? Even if another woman has exactly the same case, there could be microscopic differences that changes your course of treatment. Diagnostics have become down to the cell level and beyond. Your treatment will be tailor-made just for you and your type of cancer. If you don't get an answer here, it is just because someone with that type of cancer isn't reading this at the moment. There is another site called Adjuvant Online... you sign-up as a doctor, and have access. It can give you probably more information than you want. I hope somebody checks in here who can give you some personal experience with this type of breast cancer. All of us here have had our own stories of breast cancer and treatment. No matter what, we ALL support each other and we all know the paths we have walked. Don't be afraid to ask questions. If things don't pass the "gut feelings" do not hesitate to get a second opinion... or even a third. Hang in there, gal.

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  • gima green Profile

    Would you have radiation if there were only 5% chance of the breast cancer coming back?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 4 years 8 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I did everything that was offered to me. If the cancer comes back it is much harder to fight.

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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Yes! I never took percentages into consideration. I did everything my team suggested. I wanted to live. Prayers to you.

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    I had a lumpectomy and 5 nodes removed. (all negative) I have pain in my shoulder joint when I swing my arm in any direction. Is that normal?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 3 answers
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      You should go see your doctor about that. If the pain is in the shoulder joint itself it could be something unrelated to the surgery. A couple years ago my shoulder began to get uncomfortable and I figured it was muscle pain and did stretches . It got more painful when moving the arm like your...

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      You should go see your doctor about that. If the pain is in the shoulder joint itself it could be something unrelated to the surgery. A couple years ago my shoulder began to get uncomfortable and I figured it was muscle pain and did stretches . It got more painful when moving the arm like your saying . Ended up being what's called a frozen shoulder. It has to do with the tendons inside the shoulder joint and one cause can be due to hormonal Issues like menopause. I had to go to physical therapy to resolve it but it took a while. I'm not saying that's what it is but I know after my surgery it hurt to move the arm but I wouldn't say it was shoulder pain. More muscle pain. Good luck . Hope you get some answers.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thanks

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