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.
Asked by anonymousStage 2B Patient
Asked by anonymousstage_4 Patient
No, I have not. I had a bilateral mastectomy. But you know your body best. If there are changes - or you feel something, get it checked. Better to be safe than sorry. Prayers to you.Comment 2
Check with your medical onc or radiation onc. From what I understand it's unlikely that you'll get cancer in the opposite breast. But check for peace of mind!Comment 1
Asked by anonymousLearning About Breast Cancer
Chemotherapy can affect your period. Depending upon ones age, chemotherapy can thrust a patient into early menopause with all the "wonderful" side effects of menopause. The closer one is to menopausal age when starting chemotherapy, the less chance periods will return when treatment is finished.Comment 2
Tamoxifen also affects your period. I am 41 and have been on tamoxifen for two years. I have not had a period since October of last year. Each person is unique so be sure to check with your doctor.Comment 1
Asked by anonymousStage 2B Patient
Black Cohosh, St. Jame Wort should be added to the list of don't dos with Tamoxifen.Comment 2
It is something to discuss with your onc. We all react differently to the drugs we have to take. It is probably normal FOR YOU to react this way to Tamoxifen. It messes with your hormones and it happens. You may have to go on another type of anti depressant to get through it. Don't be shy...
It is something to discuss with your onc. We all react differently to the drugs we have to take. It is probably normal FOR YOU to react this way to Tamoxifen. It messes with your hormones and it happens. You may have to go on another type of anti depressant to get through it. Don't be shy or embarrassed to talk to your doctor. Your care team is there to make things as good as possible . Don't put yourself down, these are all powerful drugs meant to be doing battle with a tough enemy. Hang in there and take care, Sharon
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