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Renee Sendelbach

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I have had breast cancer since 2008. It started as stage 1; I was clean and clear for 2 years then it came back as stage 4 in 2011. I have been on and off treatments and continue to do whatever needs to be done to keep on keepin on.
I have a wonderful family, friends and more.
I am a writer and artist.
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Daily life living with Stage IV breast cancer with mets to my brain; lungs; bones.

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  • Where do I go from here??
    on Feb 25, 2014
    A few years ago, it would have seemed to me that I would be ecstatic to be  where I am now – alive and well, it would seem to me that I should  be able to go from doom and gloom to delight and praise at the flip of a switch.  Some se...
  • More Billboards
    on Jan 25, 2014
    I know a lot of you know this story, but I realized the other day when my cousin said she saw me on a billboard in WI that the billboards are still out there. The short story – my friend Holly took some pictures of me when I was bald with my first...
  • Spinal tap and more
    on Jan 23, 2014
    I had my spinal tap on Monday.  Now I “thought” this was going to be easy breezy, a small poke and fluid draw…I thought WRONG.The PA did it, so she went lower because that is a less riskery area and come to find out a harder area to get.Th...
  • A little update
    on Jan 16, 2014
    I know, I know – y’all have been wondering what is going on.I haven’t felt like writing, I haven’t felt like much.  My head hurts all the time unless I take pain meds which loop me out…it is a hard place to be.We still aren’t sure if...
  • Another Update on Renee- Clear PET!
    on Jan 4, 2014
    Hi all- It's Eric writing for Renee again, wanting to update everyone on how she's doing.She started off the new year with a PET scan on Thursday the 2nd, and a follow up with Dr H yesterday.Even though we were really wo...
  • Update on Renee
    on Dec 31, 2013
    Hi everyone, this is Eric writing for Renee.There’s been a lot of people asking how Renee is, and we thought that updating this blog is probably the best way to get the information out there.Renee has been having a lot of up and downs lately, but t...
  • Dr report
    on Dec 17, 2013
    This isn't as much information as I had hoped and prayed for going into the meeting yesterday but, it is what it isHe bumped my steroids in hopes of getting the swelling down saying that it was concerning that I had been on steroids for a week and I...
  • Messy house + killer head aches = no good
    on Dec 6, 2013
    Have I mentioned how ready I am to have my house put back together??If not, this is my official announcement – this house is driving me crazy.I need to hire someone to just get this crap done, but I want someone who will just do it  without&nb...
  • Still Chaos
    on Nov 18, 2013
    I know I haven’t posted in a while, but we are still living in chaos from the flood and  to post in chaos doesn’t really go well with me. The floors are back down but nothing is back in its place.We have had tons of offers to help which I w...
  • I might break?!?!
    on Nov 4, 2013
    This might be itThis might be the thing that throws me over the edgeI won't claim to be the most organized person, but this chaos not the way I roll.Eric is in the process tearing out all the floors in the house because they're all wetWet = no g...
  • Seriously?!?!
    on Nov 2, 2013 in Blogging family
    We almost made it through October with nothing major happening…ALMOST! We have crazy rain Wednesday night…I mean crazy.  I think our area ended up with 8 inches in a few hours. A little before 10:00 I hear Eric saying, F*CK, F*CK, F*CK Now 2...
  • Is this my new life??
    on Oct 23, 2013
    the flash backthe heart stopthe deflated feelingthe swirls in yourheadin yourheartevery time…every single time someone you care aboutsomeone you might not knowbut are connected toconnected to by more than this diseasejust when one heart healsanothe...
  • Playing Poker with breast cancer
    on Oct 15, 2013 in Blogging Stage 4
     October is a hard month for me.Actually all months are hard months for me.As I see others celebrate their victory over cancer, it is all too easy for my mind to slip to that dark place and wonder what did they do that I didn’t do, should I ha...
  • Be Brave and Fight Like a Girl speech
    on Oct 4, 2013 in Stage 4, I know there is a way make the youtube box pop up, but I don't know how to do it!This is my speech from last night and I must say, I am extremely proud and feel like I have 100% found it - found my calling!!
  • The girl who cried wolf…Or maybe something else instead...I guess having  a small seizure is still a good reason to rush off to the ER and MUCH better than getting told my cancer is back in the brain.Small update from yesterday: my right side of my face and head starte...
  • Think before you Pink – part 2 & call for help
    on Sep 25, 2013 in Blogging Art God
    Think before you Pink – part 2“Be the change you want to see in this world.” ~Mahatma GandhiI want everyone to know they can make a difference.I want everyone to know that helping just one person does makes a difference.I used to believe that I...
  • Pink, pink, pink – everywhere is pink.
    on Sep 19, 2013 in Blogging
    It might make you think everything is Pretty in Pink. It isn’t.I am not one to really rock the boat – most of the time that is, but if you push me enough I will break. And this is me breaking.I am sick of pink….SICK OF IT!!I am warning you. Th...
  • 40 is the new 30...not in Cancerland
    on Sep 15, 2013
    In my world, 35 is the new 50 – with menopause and all.I had wondered about  this for a while –If  I was in menopause or close to it? A simple little blood test said yes, yes I am on the tail end side of pre-memo pause.Nice.And now...
  • Anniversary Gifts
    on Sep 11, 2013 in Art
    I absolutely love when people ask me to make them a special piece for special occasions.This one is for my stepsisters fifth wedding anniversary for her to give to her husband.Anniversary number five the traditional gift is paper so we use that and I...
  • Happy Anniversary?!?!
    on Aug 30, 2013 in Cancer to me Stage 4
    I can’t say I am one who remembers or even really talk about any of my “cancerversaries” (notice I say ies…as in too many to remember). But today is one I couldn’t let slip by without talking about.One year ago today, right about this time...