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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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  • leslie adkins Profile

    What are your thoughts of people who do the gene test, it comes back positive, and they go in for surgery, reconstruction, etc? Me? I'd rather get regular testing, and avoid the pain, etc.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years 5 answers
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    • melissa perlman Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      As you can see, different feelings from everyone. Myself, came out brca 2 pos. opted for the double mastectomy with prophylactic hysterectomy. I obviously had breast cancer once, chances are way too high I'd see it again in my lifetime. Pain us relative and more easily treatable than cancer. I...

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      As you can see, different feelings from everyone. Myself, came out brca 2 pos. opted for the double mastectomy with prophylactic hysterectomy. I obviously had breast cancer once, chances are way too high I'd see it again in my lifetime. Pain us relative and more easily treatable than cancer. I just finished everything in December. Would do it again in a heartbeat.

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    • Stephanie S Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 3A Patient

      I think that's the wonderful thing about having a choice, not everyone would choose the same route. I'm 25 and have a lot of years to live which also means a lot of years for reoccurrence to happen and would rather go through the surgery now to hopefully stop it from ever coming back. For me it...

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      I think that's the wonderful thing about having a choice, not everyone would choose the same route. I'm 25 and have a lot of years to live which also means a lot of years for reoccurrence to happen and would rather go through the surgery now to hopefully stop it from ever coming back. For me it was an easy choice I made before my testing even came back positive, I knew what route I would take even before seeing the reoccurrence chance %'s. Luckily everyone is different and at least here in Canada, has the choice with how they want to handle a positive test. I have some family members who want to be tested, and some that don't, and that's 100% their choice, but at least they are aware and can get regular screening.

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  • Oakley Williams Profile

    I've had my second fill on my TE and have been crying in encrustiating pain ever since. 4 days ago. I don't feel like this is normal, I can't sleep, cant go to the bathroom by myself, can't get up or sit down. this really normal?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 6 years 4 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Oh dear that just doesn't sound right at all. Get in to see your doctor ASAP. Take care, Sharon

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Call Dr. I had my 2nd fill yesterday with no pain @ all. They're inserting 60cc to each breast. Maybe they should decrease amount of fluid so your skin can gradually expand. My dr suggested I come once a week. I said no every 2 weeks gives me enough time to exercise my muscle. God Bless U

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  • kristina ware Profile

    today is the day i.get my lumpectmy im excited and im.scared is.it.normal

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 10 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I felt the same way. Best wishes

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Kristina,
      I am thrilled to hear you are having these kinds of thoughts because they are SO NORMAL! They are also so truly POSITIVE!!! You will fine and we will all be praying and sending healing thoughts your say. Blessings to you --normal-- sister! Much love and take care, Sharon

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    i have stage 1 invasive ductual carcinoma gyn oncoligist recommed my ovaries be removed due to estraogen is making the cancer grow i am 46

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 7 answers
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    • jc lin Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      I will have my ovaries re,over next year after I complete my treatment. I am stage 3. I have three beautiful kids, remove my ovaries is not an issue, I was told it will cut down the recurrence rate for me. Good luck.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      If you do not feel comfortable with this recommendation, please seek a second opinion. Whenever you receive a diagnosis that is a darn big deal, I think it is always best to have another doctor evaluate a treatment plan. It is difficult to say what should take place without knowing all about...

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      If you do not feel comfortable with this recommendation, please seek a second opinion. Whenever you receive a diagnosis that is a darn big deal, I think it is always best to have another doctor evaluate a treatment plan. It is difficult to say what should take place without knowing all about your case. There are so many things that go into making a treatment decision. The type, stage, grade and ER, PR, Her2 status is critical. You may have the type of numbers that just yell "Yatze!" (get those ovaries out of there)
      I would definately get a second opinion. Take care, Sharon

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