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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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    I have Stage 1 triple negative breast cancer. I have had my lifetime dose of adriamycin and was put on a regimen of Cytoxin and Taxotere. I had a moderately severe reaction to these drugs in my second treatment. What do I do next?

    Asked by anonymous

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

      Sorry to hear about your reaction. When I was on the "cocktail" of Taxotere. My Onc prescribed steroid pills to take the night before and the morning of my chemo. Then of course....steroids and Benadryl via IV. She told me this was due to so many women having a reaction to the Taxotere. Was this...

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      Sorry to hear about your reaction. When I was on the "cocktail" of Taxotere. My Onc prescribed steroid pills to take the night before and the morning of my chemo. Then of course....steroids and Benadryl via IV. She told me this was due to so many women having a reaction to the Taxotere. Was this done by your Onc? If you are not able to tolerate those two drugs...not to worry. There are more chemo drugs used. I completed my rounds of Adriamycin, Cytoxin, and Taxotere and then had my surgery. Afterwards due to extensive lymph node involvement I am on chemo again using the drugs Carboplatin and Gemcitabine. These two chemo drugs are used for later stages of breast cancer as well as lung and ovaian cancer. Talk to your Onc about your different options. Best wishes and prayers to you in your fight!

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    • Lori S Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I am stage 1 and will soon be on cytoxin and taxotere as well. What kind of reaction did you have? Did you lose any hair or has it thinned?

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  • Ali S Profile

    How do I go about telling someone, that I'm newly dating, that I was getting breast cancer treatment?

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2011
    about 8 years 1 answer
    • Brooke Lancaster Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      I'm curious on this question too. I am 33 and single. I would love to be able to date again, but I am afraid to talk about my Breast Cancer with a future suitor. I think with me it's a physical insecurity I'm going thru right now. I'm almost done with chemo, so I keep telling myself once I'm done...

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      I'm curious on this question too. I am 33 and single. I would love to be able to date again, but I am afraid to talk about my Breast Cancer with a future suitor. I think with me it's a physical insecurity I'm going thru right now. I'm almost done with chemo, so I keep telling myself once I'm done with treatment and dell like myself again.

      For you, wait to talk about it for when you feel the most comfortable. I'm sure he will be there for you thru this time. What treatment are you going thru at this time? Best wishes.

      Brooke

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    Is this normal? I have triple negative, Stage 2 with no node BRCA negative. I'm just finishing 8 rounds if chemo, but no radiation.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 3 answers
    • Trish Watt Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I was triple neg stage 1 no mode involvement....I received 4 rounds dose dense Chemo followed by 6 weeks of radiation...did they do a test for the chance of reoccurrence....I had a very high chance of reoccurrence so they hit it with everything they had. AC/Taxol and radiation. No hormone therapy...

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      I was triple neg stage 1 no mode involvement....I received 4 rounds dose dense Chemo followed by 6 weeks of radiation...did they do a test for the chance of reoccurrence....I had a very high chance of reoccurrence so they hit it with everything they had. AC/Taxol and radiation. No hormone therapy afterward because of the triple neg. I had a bilateral mastectomy within 5 years because things started showing up on the other side. They still don't have a definite course of treatment for triple neg. They are still doing a lot of research. There is a website for triple negative cancer, that may give you more answers. If you still have questions don't be afraid to be proactive in your treatment....it's your body. I will say though,everyone's cancer is treated individually because everyone is different. If you still don't get the answers you need, get a second opinion. Stay positive. Blessings to you and your family.

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    • Linda Burke Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      I am triple negative,stage 1, no node involvement and braca negative. I had radiation and now on a regime of 6 chemo rounds. I would discuss with your Onc, as each plan of treatment should be hand picked and designed for each of us individually. I was not given an opt out for the radiation....

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      I am triple negative,stage 1, no node involvement and braca negative. I had radiation and now on a regime of 6 chemo rounds. I would discuss with your Onc, as each plan of treatment should be hand picked and designed for each of us individually. I was not given an opt out for the radiation. Please stay pro active. You are your own best advocate so ask questions . Sending hugs your way.

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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
    almost 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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