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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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  • Connie Demarest Profile

    Is chemotherapy (except aromotase inhibitors) used for stage 1 lymph node negative breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years 3 answers
    • Betsy Chapin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      Hi Connie,
      You have a lot happening this week. You will get through this. Sometimes the toughest part of treatment Is waiting. I believe you will have answers when you see your oncologist this week. Stay strong.

      Comment
    • Betsy Chapin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      Yes one could have chemotherapy with a stage one diagnosis. I was stage one and had chemotherapy with no lymph node involvement due to the fact that my cancer was HER2 positive.

      Comment
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    I have tingling and numbness in my fingers at night and it prevents a restful nights sleep. Does anyone have the same problem? I finished with all BC treatment two months ago.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 6 years 6 answers
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    • Erin Timlin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Sounds like neuropathy which can affect you long after treatment is over. I believe your oncologist can prescribe something to help. Check it out.

      Comment
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thanks so much , I will ask him on my next visit this week.

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  • dimple jain Profile

    what is the duration of initial stage of breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 4 years 4 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Like Betti, I don't quite understand the question. Cancer can probable start setting up cells a long time before it can be detected. There are so many variables there is no clear cut answer. It also depends on what type of cancer, and what grade it is. If it was very aggressive, it could...

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      Like Betti, I don't quite understand the question. Cancer can probable start setting up cells a long time before it can be detected. There are so many variables there is no clear cut answer. It also depends on what type of cancer, and what grade it is. If it was very aggressive, it could probably progress rapidly. Your question is nearly impossible to answer. Too much goes into a specific cancer and there are zillions of variations of breast cancer.

      Comment
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I'm not sure what you are asking.

      Comment
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    if breast cancer doesn,t cause pain then why did mine and why does it continue to cause pain?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    almost 6 years 5 answers
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    • celien thorne Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      Mine hurt felt like a sharp stabbing pain and it itched ... I ignored it :-(....so we all have diff symptoms Medical Comunity dosnt know everything so we have to b our own advocate and trust our gut feeling . Now after i had a right side mastectomy, I have No pain..

      Comment
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I think the myth that "breast cancer doesn't hurt" can lull someone into a false sense of security. I was misdiagnosed for 7 months. I had pain, itching, and tingling, with my breast cancer. We are all such individuals, our symptoms can run the gamut. When in doubt.... check it out!
      Take...

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      I think the myth that "breast cancer doesn't hurt" can lull someone into a false sense of security. I was misdiagnosed for 7 months. I had pain, itching, and tingling, with my breast cancer. We are all such individuals, our symptoms can run the gamut. When in doubt.... check it out!
      Take care, Sharon

      Comment

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