Renee began this journey in 2014 when she was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer. She went to her general doctor for approval of cataract surgery when she told her doctor about the lump near her clavicle. The lump was biopsied and it with another lump in her breast were identified as breast cancer. She has since undergone two rounds of chemotherapy, a mastectomy and radiation. The cancer is very fast growing and aggressive as it returned within 6 months from her first round of chemo and came back within 8 weeks after a pre-radiation scan showed no cancer in her body.
The Saturday after Thanksgiving in 2016, it was observed she was unable to open her eye lids, developed slowness to her logic processing skills, and was falling. She was rushed to the ER and it was determined the cancer had spread to a tumor on her brain stem. The doctors immediately placed a shunt in her brain to help alleviate the pressure from the swelling in her head caused by the tumor. Her awareness and eye lid function returned. She made the decision with her family to have the tumor removed on the following Tuesday November 29th. Every day since then Renee is on the path for her return to health which will include systemic chemotherapy treatments. She is a survivor and fighter and has many friends and family supporting her. This page is to assist in streamlining communication to loved ones and organize requests/offers for help.