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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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    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 7 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..

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    • 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

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    Do you all realize that if someone Google searches your name in quotes all your posts to this site will come up? I am concerned! I am job hunting!

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 13 answers
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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2006

      Greetings Anoymous,

      I am so thankful that God has given me another chance at life. After being diagnosed with Triple Negative stage 2 A grade 3 Breast Cancer {51/2} years ago. I promised myself and God that since I was chosen to make a difference I would share any and all information about the...

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      Greetings Anoymous,

      I am so thankful that God has given me another chance at life. After being diagnosed with Triple Negative stage 2 A grade 3 Breast Cancer {51/2} years ago. I promised myself and God that since I was chosen to make a difference I would share any and all information about the journey I had to go through to get where I am today. Most importantly for me is that I want the world to know that being diagnosed with breast cancer is not a death sentence and that early detection is the key. I will always be willing to share my story with anyone on or off this site. And if any employer would not accept you for employment because of your diagnoses I beleive will reap what they sow! None of us asked to be diagnosed with breast cancer and know one knowes what is manifesting in their bodies. It's so sad that public records information is shared on the internet so why not share informtion that could save a life. Stay encouraged. I promise you that I will keep you in my prayers as you continue to seek employment. I feel in my heart that you will be blessed to find a job for who you are, including your skills and not because you were diagnosed with breast cancer. By the way after I was diagnosed I also started having luncheons, bake sales silent auctions and educational events at work in October which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month in order to raise monies for Cancer Organizations and to bring awareness to my females and male co-workers. To my surprise the participation by my co-workers continues to be100% and the monies raised grows higher each year. Keep me posted, Love and Blessings Your Proud Sister Of Hope!!

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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Yes Yes ladies!!!!! I am so proud to be a survivor!!! Very well said!!! I feel thankful everyday to come through all this and I don't mind telling the world. If an employer has a problem with that...I wouldn't want to work for them anyway!!!

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  • Traciann brundage Profile

    Just finished my second treatment . I feel old and weak. (night sweats and can't sleep) Any tips?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 8 answers
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    • Evelyn Heilbrunn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Boy, it sucks, doesn't it? I'm so sorry you're having to go through this but keep your eye on the prize, even when you feel like you can't lift your head up. This stuff is KILLING those little suckers, each and every one of them! You are stronger than they are. With your will and the chemo...

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      Boy, it sucks, doesn't it? I'm so sorry you're having to go through this but keep your eye on the prize, even when you feel like you can't lift your head up. This stuff is KILLING those little suckers, each and every one of them! You are stronger than they are. With your will and the chemo working against them, THEY WILL NOT WIN.

      Now, for the sleep thing. I also take Trazadone. The dose has varied from 100 to 400 mg a night, depending on how difficult it is for me to sleep. (I'm on Aromasin (Eximestane) now, and it gives me terrible insomnia!) The good thing about Trazadone is that it's not addictive and doesn't give you the weird side effects you can get from other sleep meds like Ambien.

      Exercise will also help you. I imagine that's the last thing you can think about, but i figured that just getting up and walking around the house was exercise so I did it and I think it helped!

      Best of luck to you!

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Oh Traciann.... you WILL start to feel better. Keep in mind, the chemo is kicking-butt to any cancer cells RIGHT NOW! It is doing what it is supposed to do. You bide your time, listen to your body, drink plenty of fluids and indulge yourself in some --caring-time-- for you. This is tough and...

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      Oh Traciann.... you WILL start to feel better. Keep in mind, the chemo is kicking-butt to any cancer cells RIGHT NOW! It is doing what it is supposed to do. You bide your time, listen to your body, drink plenty of fluids and indulge yourself in some --caring-time-- for you. This is tough and expected. You are right in the middle of it.... you take care of yourself, dear sister. Hang in there, we know how you are feeling and it does get better.
      Warm, fuzzy pony hugs. Sharon

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  • Jennifer Jones Profile

    I am having a left breast mastectomy on Thursday. Is there anything I need to know about what to bring to the hospital and what clothes to wear home after it? Anything else that will help me would be great.

    Asked by anonymous

    Patient
    over 6 years 7 answers
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    • Roxann C Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      I just got out of the hospital 5 weeks ago with my double mastectomy. These things helped me. You won't be able to shower for a few days until your drains come out whether you or at the hospital or at home. You may want to buy:
      1) dry shampoo for your hair
      2) baby wipes to wipe your body
      3) tops...

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      I just got out of the hospital 5 weeks ago with my double mastectomy. These things helped me. You won't be able to shower for a few days until your drains come out whether you or at the hospital or at home. You may want to buy:
      1) dry shampoo for your hair
      2) baby wipes to wipe your body
      3) tops with front buttons, you will not be able to lift your arm
      4) you may want to go to a mastectomy product store and purchase an Amoena Hannah camisole. Its a special post op bra that holds the drains. Google it so you can see the picture. The bra they give you in the hospital is horrible and has velocro on it. Insurance and Medicaid will pay for the bra. You may want to buy 2. One to wash and the other to wear. You will wear this bra for 3-5 weeks post op.
      5) an item that give you comfort sort of a "security blanket" but can be anything.
      6) You may also want to go to the mastectomy product store and have a custom nipple prosthesis made. It will be a nipple that looks as close as possible to your other breast.

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    • celien thorne Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      I had a Right side mastectomy w 4 lymph nodes removed , , the bra they give is tight n packed w gauze so it reduces swelling n u have to sleep in it , the drains are the gross part but that's temp , use lots of pillows to prop u up n get comfy . I wore yoga pants n loose top. It will b awkward...

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      I had a Right side mastectomy w 4 lymph nodes removed , , the bra they give is tight n packed w gauze so it reduces swelling n u have to sleep in it , the drains are the gross part but that's temp , use lots of pillows to prop u up n get comfy . I wore yoga pants n loose top. It will b awkward the first few days but it does pass ! You can do it ! Take care !

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