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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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  • Miesha Brunson Profile

    What's the best way to prevent Breast Cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 1 answer
    • Ana Naluh Andrade Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      SELF EXAM! SELF EXAM! SELF EXAM! eat right, exercise, try not to be tôo much overweight, take enough vit D3... This could help, but not avoid. Unfortunately there's nothing to avoid cancer, but we have to keep our eyes opened, have regular check ups and self exam so, AT LEAST we find it early...

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      SELF EXAM! SELF EXAM! SELF EXAM! eat right, exercise, try not to be tôo much overweight, take enough vit D3... This could help, but not avoid. Unfortunately there's nothing to avoid cancer, but we have to keep our eyes opened, have regular check ups and self exam so, AT LEAST we find it early enough to treat it successfully!

      Comment
  • Diane Sakowski Profile

    5.6 cm. stage? Surgery in days. Scared

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years 7 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Diane,
      I felt exactly the same as all the other wonderful women here. I was terrified and I think we all are but for a variety of reasons. I think most prevelent is fear of the unknown. Once you have your treatment plan laid out, you know where you are going. There are tons of stories of women...

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      Diane,
      I felt exactly the same as all the other wonderful women here. I was terrified and I think we all are but for a variety of reasons. I think most prevelent is fear of the unknown. Once you have your treatment plan laid out, you know where you are going. There are tons of stories of women having surgery, going through their treatments and coming out as a victorious survivor! You WILL make it through this journey and be a survivor just like we are. I can assure you, there are good endings to breast cancer. I am a 5 year survivor and just had another GOOD check-up this past Wednesday. I wish we could all get together and give you a little sack of our collective courage. For me, just as Rita said, the surgery.... in my case a mastectomy.... was NOT that bad! The chemo. again, was not that bad. As my oncologist told me...."This is NOT your mother or grandmother's chemotherapy." You stop people from telling you negative stories.... don't listen to them.
      Please remember, we are all here to help support everyone going through this journey. Positive thoughts only.... put on your pink warrior outfit.... and march with determination. Do not be afraid to ask questions of your team, they are there to help you. You WILL triumph as so many women have before you. God's blessings, Sharon

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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      My tumor was 7.3 cm I am stage 3. Last year I had surgery, chemo, and radiation. Today the cancer is gone. I jave to be villigent about my check up but today No ca

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  • Arielle Pace Profile

    What's the youngest age someone has died of breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 2 answers
    • Amanda Metivier Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I know someone who was 25.

      Comment
    • Jennifer Marks Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      My cousin was 22.

      Comment
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    I found a hard pea size lump in my left breast in the areola. I had a normal mammogram in July 2013. I am 46 and over weight. An ultrasound scheduled for tomorrow morning but I am scared. Could this be cancer if I just had the normal mammogram?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 5 years 5 answers
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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      You have made the wise choice to call it to your doctor's attention and have an U/S. Prayers headed your way, Betti

      1 comment
    • Lou Cam Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      You are doing the right thing by getting this checked. There is no way to tell without testing, if this is benign or not. An ultrasound, or even a biopsy, can give you a clearer picture of what you are dealing with. It is normal to be scared . The not knowing and the waiting can be very hard....

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      You are doing the right thing by getting this checked. There is no way to tell without testing, if this is benign or not. An ultrasound, or even a biopsy, can give you a clearer picture of what you are dealing with. It is normal to be scared . The not knowing and the waiting can be very hard.

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