Commonly asked questions since my double mastectomy

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Two years ago today on August 24 2015 I underwent a double mastectomy. When I was diagnosed with cancer, there was no doubt in my mind that a double mastectomy was the right decision for me. Since the day of my surgery, my breasts, or lack thereof, often come up in conversations. I’ve had many [...]

Two years ago today, a breast ultrasound changed my life

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Feb 27,2005 will forever be the day that my life changed. You see a few days earlier in Feb 2015 I went to see the doctor.  Not my doctor because she was already gone. But I went to see her associate. At the beginning of January I had discovered a lump on the top of [...]

Why I show my kids my mastectomy scars

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Dear Princess Peach and Little Dude, Today marks 1.5 years since my breast cancer diagnosis. It’s crazy to think how young you were when I was diagnosed- only 1.5 years old and 3.5 years old. Babies. You both were just babies. A lot has changed in 1.5 years. I have changed a lot in 1.5 [...]

14 things you should never say to a woman with breast cancer

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When I received my breast cancer diagnosis and made it public lots of people responded differently. For the most part I was very lucky and got tons of support, love and encouragement for those around me. As awkward as it is for a friend/family member/acquaintance to tell you that they breast cancer, it’s sometimes more [...]

Getting into shape

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If you follow me on Instagram you will have noticed that for the past 2 weeks I have been posting pictures of me at different gyms. Let’s look at this equation a little bit closer: Renee + gym = fun There I said it! I have actually been enjoying working out.     Before I [...]

One year after my breast cancer diagnosis

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If you know me well, you know that I love a countdown. Birthdays, half-birthdays, vacations etc,  it’s always so fun to look forward to something. Except, March 13. This past Sunday marked one year since receiving the worst news of my entire life- my breast cancer diagnosis. I dreaded this day more than anything. But, [...]

Life,interrupted

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Two doctors have said these four words to me recently. Four quite simple words, but words that are extremely loaded. “Go live your life” Go live my life? What exactly does that mean? When every part of your being is thrust full-time into doctors appointments, and treatments being told when everything is done to “go [...]

My breast cancer story

I made a video about my experience with cancer. Please watch the video below. It says it all.  

My kids are the best medicine

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Dealing with cancer is difficult. But when you have cancer and young children, it is very difficult. Since my diagnosis, I have made an effort not to talk about my cancer, appointments or treatments in front of my children. I want their lives to stay as normal as possible and I think it has. Sure [...]

Radiation

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Last Friday I started radiation. It’s now become my “job” for the next 25 business days. So far I have completed 3 treatments and have 22 left to go!   It was a longer wait between surgery and the start of radiation than anticipated. My tumor was on the left side and that is the [...]