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Introduction

 
Introduction

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.

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    Where is the best place to be treated for breast cancer? I live in Florida and my children want me to go to Washington DC to stay with them to get better treatment.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 5 years 9 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Both places are good - I would go to the place with the best support for you. Your children mean well- but are can they handle your chemo and doctors visits etc... It's hard for both parties but the best is when you have good support.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      It probably has something to do with the type of breast cancer you have. Going through treatment it's nice not to be by yourself. What do you want to do? If you don't feel like you will get adequate carie in FL. Then you probably need to go so wen

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  • Olina  Lucas  Profile

    what does cancer look like on an ultrasound?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 5 years 3 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      My cancer was stage 0. It was detected in microcalcifications which means I never had a lump. I had tiny cluster of microscopic dots. What u see after tapping a pencil point on paper. We all have these in our breast but when they cluster it causes suspicion. Dr said wait 3 months we will...

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      My cancer was stage 0. It was detected in microcalcifications which means I never had a lump. I had tiny cluster of microscopic dots. What u see after tapping a pencil point on paper. We all have these in our breast but when they cluster it causes suspicion. Dr said wait 3 months we will check again for changes or biopsy now just to b on safe side. I said no biopsy & I'm glad I did they were cancerous.

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Microcalcifications aren't usually seen on U/S as they are too small, larger ones may though. There are several things they look for on U/S to say if a biopsy is needed or not. I had an area of "assymetric" breast tissue seen on my mammo. that also showed on my U/S and that's what they biopsied...

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      Microcalcifications aren't usually seen on U/S as they are too small, larger ones may though. There are several things they look for on U/S to say if a biopsy is needed or not. I had an area of "assymetric" breast tissue seen on my mammo. that also showed on my U/S and that's what they biopsied with U/S guidance as according to the Radiologist that would be the easiest and cheapest for me. Actually the way I had to be positioned for my U/S guided biopsy I could watch the screen and knew somewhat what I was looking at since I used to do U/S studies. I saw that he actually captured one calcification as I had 2 areas right next to each other; the one "assymetric" looking tissue and an area of microcalcifications. He had to do more than the usual number of specimen captures as my dense breast tissue pushed the needle away from the area he was trying to get. The report showed IDC with a component of DCIS which would have been that 2nd area with calcifications but we biopsied that area too by stereotactic means and it proved to be all DCIS. A 3rd area was found on surgical pathology but was never mentioned on all my tests so not sure where it was located in relationship to the other 2 next to each other.

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  • Madisyn Poulsen Profile

    I am fourteen and I have what looks like a second nipple on one of my breasts, it's a hard lump. Should I go get it checked out? Is it possible I might have breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 8 years 6 answers
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    • Nikol Vega Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I would absolutely get it checked out, better safe than sorry.

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    • Myles Digby Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      It is extremely rare for someone your age to develop breast cancer, but it wouldn't hurt to have your doctor check it out, to give you peace of mind.

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    what is her two breast cancer?yes i have h.e.r 2 type of breat cancer and have to do months of chemo?

    Asked by anonymous

    about 4 years 3 answers
    • sharon s Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      The her2 types the cancer as agressive. It can have other ways it grows and feeds and that's why some people talk about negative or positive for other things too.

      I was diagnosed triple positive. In march if 2013. Taking the Herceptin is often a long haul. I did 4 rounds of one chemo. 4 of...

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      The her2 types the cancer as agressive. It can have other ways it grows and feeds and that's why some people talk about negative or positive for other things too.

      I was diagnosed triple positive. In march if 2013. Taking the Herceptin is often a long haul. I did 4 rounds of one chemo. 4 of another and 16 of the Herceptin

      Keep leaning toward the goal as you progress. Chart it to conquer it.

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      This site has some good videos covering various things doing with breast cancer, they are easy to understand. Her2 is not a type of breast cancer just a characteristic of the tumor.

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