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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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    What is a lumpectomy?

    Asked by anonymous

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    almost 9 years 1 answer
    • Jo Ann Timberlake Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      A lumpectomy is a surgery where only the malignant tissue and a "clean" space around the malignant tissue is removed. The breast is not removed and reconstructive surgery is not usually required after a lumpectomy.

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  • Kim Stewart Profile

    Has anyone had heart problems after treatment? I had chemo & radiation last treatment was 11/1/2010 had heart attack 5/16/2011 now having chest pain so go tomorrow for a heart catheter I'm only 30

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    • Lori S Profile
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      I have reduced pumping function which is rare with the chemo drugs I was on ( cytoxan and taxotere), but my cardiologist believes it us from the chemo. How was the cath procedure?

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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
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      Stage 4 Patient

      Hi Kim...I'm so sorry you've had problems with your heart. I know chemo can cause weakening of the heart. I'll keep you in my prayers. Hugs

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  • Nikol Vega Profile

    Any ideas on how to tell my 10 year old daughter I have breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

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    over 8 years 4 answers
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    • Surf  Momma Profile
      anonymous
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      I have a 10 year old and year old. I just told both kids one month ago. I told them when I knew I would not be hysterical about it. It is all in your delivery. My kids have been fine.

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    • Janelle Strunk Profile
      anonymous
      Family Member or Loved One

      Nikol,

      Be strong, but be honest. Most experts advise that you talk to your child about the cancer as soon as you are able to manage your own emotions. You do not have to hide your emotions, but be sure to wait until you can focus on the needs of your children and not your own.

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      Nikol,

      Be strong, but be honest. Most experts advise that you talk to your child about the cancer as soon as you are able to manage your own emotions. You do not have to hide your emotions, but be sure to wait until you can focus on the needs of your children and not your own.

      It might also be helpful to come up with an outline of topics that you want to cover, because your talk with your daughter will likely become emotional and you may forget what you wanted to say.

      Here is a link to a short article in Parents that may be helpful: http://www.parents.com/parenting/moms/healthy-mom/6-ways-to-tell-your-kids-about-breast-cancer/

      Also, remember that you are not alone. Not too long ago, on this site, someone else asked the question "How do I tell my kids". Click on this question and you can see some suggestions from women who have also had to do this: http://beyondtheshock.com/questions/561

      I am so sorry to hear about your diagnosis, but am wishing you the best. Stay strong and keep hope!

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    Can breast cancer be passed down from mother to daughter?

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

      Anonymous:
      Some types of breast cancer have a familial/genetic component. If there is breast cancer in your maternal side, you should probably get tested for the particular gene. If you have it, you have a chance to look into the future and have prophylactic measures taken now.
      I had no...

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      Anonymous:
      Some types of breast cancer have a familial/genetic component. If there is breast cancer in your maternal side, you should probably get tested for the particular gene. If you have it, you have a chance to look into the future and have prophylactic measures taken now.
      I had no history of breast cancer on either side of my family and still was diagnosed. Family history is just one piece of the puzzle of breast cancer. Take care, Sharon

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    • Alice Klobukowski Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      Women who have inherited the breast cancer genes BRCA1 or Brca2 can inherit from either parent, not just mother's side. A very small percentage of breast cancer is inherited tho'. There're is so much research being conducted for breast cancer, that scientists are discovering all sorts of new...

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      Women who have inherited the breast cancer genes BRCA1 or Brca2 can inherit from either parent, not just mother's side. A very small percentage of breast cancer is inherited tho'. There're is so much research being conducted for breast cancer, that scientists are discovering all sorts of new areas involved in the development of BC.

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