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Renee's Story

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"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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  • Angie Hansen Profile

    What is recommended follow up after treatment is completed? I had bilateral mastectomy, 3 positive lymph nodes, underwent 4 doses of AC/cytoxin, and 12 doses taxol along with 7 weeks of radiation.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years 4 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Angie, I think after all of that treatment, it's PART-TAY TIME! You have completed your treatment so celebrate. I don't know if you are going through reconstruction, if so, that process is probably on the horizon for you. I can only tell you how my care has been because it depends,...

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      Angie, I think after all of that treatment, it's PART-TAY TIME! You have completed your treatment so celebrate. I don't know if you are going through reconstruction, if so, that process is probably on the horizon for you. I can only tell you how my care has been because it depends, specifically, on the type of breast cancer and the pathology report. Breast cancer treatment isn't the same for every breast cancer patient. Your appointments and follow-up care depend specifically on your type of cancer. I had follow-up appointments at 3 month intervals for the first year, at least. You will probably have a short physical with the usual blood pressure, weight, checking lymph nodes under your arms, checking your belly, & blood tests at those appointments. Your doctor will probably take a detailed history of how you have been feeling, and any unusual pain or anything unusual you have sensed. If yours was an estrogen-receptor positive cancer you will probably be taking one of the drugs that block estrogen for the next 5 years. You probably already have an appointment set up with your oncologist. Write down any questions that you have. In the meantime, rejoice at the return of your hair! My hair came back in curly and for 6 months, it was VERY cool! Get yourself healthy, try to get some exercise and enjoy your life!

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    • tammy douglas Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Angie, my treatment plan is identical to yours except I'm receiving the chemo part first (same drugs). I have six more treatments then bilateral mastectomy is planned very soon. Then six- eight weeks of radiation. After that is the big question? Then what? I will look forward to the answers...

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      Angie, my treatment plan is identical to yours except I'm receiving the chemo part first (same drugs). I have six more treatments then bilateral mastectomy is planned very soon. Then six- eight weeks of radiation. After that is the big question? Then what? I will look forward to the answers you receive here. Congratulations on making it to the end of your treatments . Good luck !

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  • Ronald Barfield Profile

    What are the side effects of radiation?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 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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    I had a stereo biopsy but it still hurts after 6 months - is that normal?

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 1997
    over 7 years Answer
  • Naz Youngs Profile

    I have a sharp pain in my right breast and I think there might be a lump on my nipple but maybe it was there and I havent noticed. What should I do?

    Asked by anonymous

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

      I am with my "sister's". This could be a multitude of things, unfortunately one, is breast cancer. You should have this checked as soon as possible. Call your doctor today. Take care, Sharon

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Go get it checked ASAP

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