Renee Rumph

This is my 2nd go round with breast cancer. My first encounter was 2010 at the age of 40. I was told I needed surgery within 30 days in one breast. Within those 30 days I had a double mastectomy, thinking Iíd do both breasts to avoid this happening again. However, it returned anyway 5 years later. It was more aggressive ďstage 4.Ē Underwent chemotherapy for several months and due to its success, I was able to get another mastectomy. So, as crazy as it sounds, Iíve had a mastectomy of my mastectomy. Have since removed ancillary lymph nodes bilaterally and currently undergoing radiation and chemotherapy antibodies.

How did you first learn you had breast cancer?

Renee 2010 AND 2015

How did that make you feel?

The first time, I just wanted to handle the situation and do the necessaries to be sure it never returns. However, it returned.
The second time, I feel like every day is a blessing because Iím constantly told Iím not of the norm for Stage 4. I definitely donít look ill at all.

What did you do?

The first time a double mastectomy and reconstruction. The second time a mastectomy of my mastectomy, chemotherapy, surgeries to include brain surgery and radiation.

How did your family react?

My mother had breast cancer twice so sheís with me every step of the way. Every appointment. My husband and children push it aside and donít want to talk about it. Iím also raising my niece whom lost her mother and she has often expressed her not wanting another mother to die.

What advice would you give others?

Know your body. Several times I was advised that cancer isnít painful so the pain I had couldnít be cancer. EVERY time and every spot Iíve experienced pain, had cancer. Donít ignore the signs.

How do you feel now?

I feel blessed because Iím still here and the doctors are constantly saying Iím getting the most unconventional treatment ever. But itís working!

Is there anything else you would like to share?

Donít be afraid to ask questions and if youíve read something that could possibly benefit you, ask if they could possibly try it. It could be that one thing that saves your life! Prayer is the key and faith unlocks the door