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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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  • Ronald Barfield Profile

    What are the side effects of radiation?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 3 answers
    • Joanne Pawling Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I just finished 35 treatments. I get very tired each day, and just take a rest when I can. The first 3 weeks were pretty easy, but became more difficult as the skin became burned and tender. Each person is different. Speak often to the doctors and they can stay up on any side effect that...

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      I just finished 35 treatments. I get very tired each day, and just take a rest when I can. The first 3 weeks were pretty easy, but became more difficult as the skin became burned and tender. Each person is different. Speak often to the doctors and they can stay up on any side effect that presents. Good Luck!! Keep the faith!

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    • Cheryl Wornham Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hi Ronald,
      I am going thru radiation now had my 6th one today I'm now starting to feel that my skin is hotter than before but keep on putting the Aloe on not sure what will happen later when I get more treatments 24 more
      They say you can get tired but I don't feel that yet
      Hope...

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      Hi Ronald,
      I am going thru radiation now had my 6th one today I'm now starting to feel that my skin is hotter than before but keep on putting the Aloe on not sure what will happen later when I get more treatments 24 more
      They say you can get tired but I don't feel that yet
      Hope this helped good luck

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  • Terri Miller Profile

    As you go thru the chemo treatments, do the side effects progressively get worse?

    Asked by anonymous

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

      Terri,
      Just as Michele said, we are all different. I didn't have cumulative effects I had a week where I felt like I had the flu and then got better. It depends on how your body handles the chemo and how it recovers from each treatment. Take care Sharon

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    • Isabel Souchet Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      Yes everyone is different. Mine got worse each treatment. Ive met people that really did well. My onco said i was an exception, i had every side effect.

      Comment
  • Phyllis Marrow Profile

    What happens at the 6 weeks follow up from radiation? What happens now going forward?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 3 years 4 answers
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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      At first I saw both my Onc. and RT every 3 months that included a blood draw, office visit, and a breast exam. This went out to 4 months and now my Onc. is every 6 months and my RT once a year; I'm 3 1/2 years out. It still includes lab work, office visit, and a physical exam.

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    • Trisha Muller Quinn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2014

      The ratation doctor will check your skin , how it's healing and ask how are things going in a general way ... And this goes for up to 5 yrs ... All the hard work is done , so it's a enjoyable exam !!::)))

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  • Katherine Ehrlich Profile

    I've had a weird metallic taste for about the last 3 days or so. Odd thing is I'M NOT on chemo. I'm on #25 of 33 radiations. What's up?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years 1 answer
    • cindy stephenson Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I've had that as well off of chemo. I thought the taste was just ingrained in my head since I had it during chemo

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