Renee Sendelbach: Writing Her Own Strong Story

October 17, 2015

Taking on cancer is always a battle, and for Renee Sendelbach, it has been a fight with many fronts.

In 2008, when her son Ian was 13-months-old, Sendelbach felt a lump in her breast and went to her doctor thinking it was just a clogged milk duct. But a mammogram and sonogram told a different story: She had breast cancer – triple negative breast cancer, which at the time was deemed the worst type to be diagnosed with because it grew at the fastest rate.

Intensive treatment began immediately, with four rounds of AC chemotherapy (Adriamycin and Cytoxan) followed by four rounds of a more intensive chemo (Taxol). The medications did their job in eliminating the tumor, but Sendelbach needed to have a lumpectomy just to be sure that it was all gone. A course of 36 radiation treatments came next.

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