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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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  • Ally Chapis  Profile

    How do I try to cheer my mom up during treatment? What can I do to make her feel better?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 8 years 5 answers
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    • Sarah Adams Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      I agree with the above...just being there is most important. I have been with both a parent & a sibling during a treatment & right now I am helping my best friend through it. When I am with her (usually the week following treatment, when things are at their worst), I clean the litter box, do the...

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      I agree with the above...just being there is most important. I have been with both a parent & a sibling during a treatment & right now I am helping my best friend through it. When I am with her (usually the week following treatment, when things are at their worst), I clean the litter box, do the dishes, keep her paperwork organized, keep myself educated on her medications so I know what to expect, keep a log of when she has taken medication and when she has eaten (this helps to know when she can take another dose & whatnot), I act as sort of an eager slave to get her water or food or whatever she might want, & I try to make her laugh. I also let her cry & complain without always trying to cheer her up. She needs to get that sadness/pain/frustration out & I don't want her to feel she can't. I validate her feelings & then offer whatever love & support I can. All of this is also a huge help to her fiancé (if your father is also in the house). When he comes home from work, I encourage him to take some time to himself before taking over caring for my friend. And I know helping out around the house really helps relieve stress for him. He also reads to her every night. Which is something anyone can do.

      All of the answers given cover it...just being there makes a huge difference. But I thought I'd offer some ideas of what I've done. :-) My best to you & your family.

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    • Lori A Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      My mom is still going through her treatments and I did her wash, made food and she stayed with me after her surgery.

      Comment
  • beth horowitz Profile

    Has anyone had to use special breathing during radiation due to the heart being too close to the treatment area? What was it like?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 1 answer
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I'm a left- breast cancer patient and had radiation to that breast. Knew about risks to heart but the only special breathing techniques I'm aware of are in studies. I was to breath normally so as not to move my chest outside the markers.

      2 comments
  • Karen Milburn Profile

    having lumpectomy and will do radiation. What is the normal "healing" time before you do the radiation. Wasnt sure if it was 2 weeks after surgery ?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2B Patient
    over 5 years 9 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had radiation 1 month after lumpectomy. Your wound has to heal first before they begin radiation. 35 treatments after & last 5 we're boost treatments directly @ the incision area.

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    • Nancy Ries Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I had only a surgical biopsy on September 30, 2011. I met my radiation oncologist on October 28, 2011. I started radiation on October 31. My goal was to finish radiation by Christmas and I did.

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  • Cheryl Richard Profile

    What can I do to help with the arm pain and swelling? I am 4 weeks post-op from a bilateral mastectomy.

    Asked by anonymous

    Patient
    about 7 years 6 answers
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    • maria agnes Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Elevation and nothing restrictive. Try to walk your fingers up the wall just agr

      1 comment
    • L Brown Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I am two weekend post op and have been taking 800mg ibuprofen every 8 hours if I need it or not....has really helped. Stopped pain meds cause they were making me sooo sick.

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