Chapter: 1 - Introduction
Subchapter: 1 - Introduction
Each of our lives is a story. We journey along a road of experiences and emotions, passing significant milestones along the way. When suddenly, the road beneath our feet takes a sharp turn, breaking from what was once certain.
Breast cancer causes this break. Perspective ruthlessly shifts; you and your loved ones see the road differently than before.
However, we see the road has not ended–it continues on through new hills and new valleys. We know that life has done this before, curiously forcing us into foreign places and down roads that seemed impassable. Yet somehow these challenges become fertile soil where seeds of strength, love, and resilience mature and grow strong.
Remember, this is a road that has been traversed by thousands of women, women with full lives and loved ones. Women whose dreams–whose lives–were threatened by breast cancer. Women who now share stories of endurance and hope.
Beyond the Shock® is first and foremost a resource for women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Secondly, it is for their loved ones to gain a better understanding of the disease and to feel a stronger sense of connection. Finally, it is for doctors to reinforce their instruction and advice.
This is the first of a series of videos, divided up into chapters and sub-chapters. These videos will provide information for you to process, share and use to your own benefit. You will learn about breast cancer: it’s types and stages, how it grows, how it is diagnosed, and how it is treated. More than anything else, Beyond the Shock® is a place to gain knowledge for today and receive hope for tomorrow.
Asked by anonymousLearning About Breast Cancer
You both should be tested for the Brca gene. Your chances are much higher if it's genetic. If not it's the same as anyone else.Comment 2
I also suggest looking into genetic testing. There are other factors to consider, as well. Such as your Mother's age when she was first diagnosed & what type of cancer she had. If she was younger than 40 and/or had triple negative breast cancer, I HIGHLY recommend getting the BRCA test. And...
I also suggest looking into genetic testing. There are other factors to consider, as well. Such as your Mother's age when she was first diagnosed & what type of cancer she had. If she was younger than 40 and/or had triple negative breast cancer, I HIGHLY recommend getting the BRCA test. And because of your mother's diagnoses, your insurance should approve the testing. Especially if anyone else on your mother's side of the family have had breast or ovarian cancer. Good luck!
Asked by anonymousStage 2A Patient
Asked by anonymous
Any changes to one's body should be checked by their doctor. We aren't doctors here and you need an exam to see what it may or may not be as some testing may be in order.Comment 1
This is a change that should be brought to the attention of your doctor. It could be a lot of things other than breast cancer... that is just the one that always comes to mind. We can't tell you what this is but we CAN tell you this should be checked. Take care, SharonComment 0
Asked by anonymousstage_4 Patient
No, I have not. I had a bilateral mastectomy. But you know your body best. If there are changes - or you feel something, get it checked. Better to be safe than sorry. Prayers to you.Comment 2
Check with your medical onc or radiation onc. From what I understand it's unlikely that you'll get cancer in the opposite breast. But check for peace of mind!Comment 1
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