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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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    Is this a place to find online support

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 3 answers
    • Leah Fortune Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      One place yes

      3 comments
    • Life is Good! Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      Yes! Please feel free to ask questions about breast cancer. We are not doctors, mostly survivors , and are willing to share our experiences. We are here for you!

      1 comment
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    I was just diagnosed with estrogen testosterone+ breast cancr. What can you tell me about?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 5 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Mary,
      Simply... it means your cancer feeds off of hormones. Did you get your Her2 status.... is it + or -
      After treatment, you will probably be prescribed a hormone blocking drug. I was ER+ PR+
      Her2- After my treatment, I was prescribed a hormone blocking drug to take for 5 years.
      If you are...

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      Mary,
      Simply... it means your cancer feeds off of hormones. Did you get your Her2 status.... is it + or -
      After treatment, you will probably be prescribed a hormone blocking drug. I was ER+ PR+
      Her2- After my treatment, I was prescribed a hormone blocking drug to take for 5 years.
      If you are premenopausal it will be Tamoxifin. If you are post menopausal, it will be a drug like Letrozole.
      Your treatment depends on what type of breast cancer you have, what stage, and what grade. Treatment will consist of a combination of surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and hormone treatment. I had surgery, chemotherapy and hormone treatment. There is not a one standard treatment for all breast cancers. The treatments are "targeted" depending on many factors. That's why we can't tell you what you are going to have. You will have a bunch of tests CAT scan, bone scan, MRI, PET Scan, etc. Not all of them, but some of those.
      You can learn a lot right on this site. Keep in touch with us. We have all "been there, done that" and are living good lives. Take care, Sharon

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Do you mean estrogen-progesterone+ breast cancer? Testosterone is found in males not females. What has your doctor told you? Since I was estrogen/progesterone+ after my surgery and treatments I'm taking an Estrogen blocker. They vary depending on if you're pre or post menopausal. Other parts...

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      Do you mean estrogen-progesterone+ breast cancer? Testosterone is found in males not females. What has your doctor told you? Since I was estrogen/progesterone+ after my surgery and treatments I'm taking an Estrogen blocker. They vary depending on if you're pre or post menopausal. Other parts of the body can produce estrogen besides ovaries.

      3 comments
  • Madison Ware Profile

    Do you get scared if you're diagnosed with breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years 3 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Absolutely. Receiving a breast cancer diagnosis is frightening, shocking and confusing ... it turns your world upside down. Suddenly you are facing your own mortality. But life is for living, so you need to shift your focus from the negative to doing whatever you can to be strong in body and...

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      Absolutely. Receiving a breast cancer diagnosis is frightening, shocking and confusing ... it turns your world upside down. Suddenly you are facing your own mortality. But life is for living, so you need to shift your focus from the negative to doing whatever you can to be strong in body and mind. In addition to what the medical profession advises, eat well, exercise, medicate, try complementary therapies - whatever it takes. Remember: God helps those who help themselves. A BC diagnosis is NOT a death sentence, women can and do recover and lead long, healthy lives.

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    • Buster OBuster Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      YES. After my doctor said the C word, I can't remember anything else that was said. That's why you should ALWAYS take an advocate with you at ALL appointments. My advocate was my St Mom.

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  • Taiyanna Rockett Profile

    hey i am having a lot of pain in my breast and wanted to are thpse signs of breast cancer

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 2 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      We can't tell. The only advise I can give you is if this is not normal for you, get an appointment with your doctor. I had pain with breast cancer but lots of women don't. Please check with your doctor. Take care, Sharon

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      We are not doctors but any changes of any kind require a doctor's appointment. Like Sharon said she had pain with hers whereas I didn't, in fact I had no lump that I felt either.

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