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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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  • tamara carr Profile

    I have been diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ, stage 1. What is the best course or treatment?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 6 years 9 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Hi Tamara,
      Your doctor will probably give you some options. One of my friends is going through treatment for this right now. She is pre-menopausal and has several spots showing up on her mammogram that turned out to be malignant. She was hoping she could have a lumpectomy but it was too...

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      Hi Tamara,
      Your doctor will probably give you some options. One of my friends is going through treatment for this right now. She is pre-menopausal and has several spots showing up on her mammogram that turned out to be malignant. She was hoping she could have a lumpectomy but it was too widespread. She had a mastectomy and will be having reconstruction, no chemo.
      Your treatment plan depends on a lot of things on a cellular level. No two women's treatment plans seem to be the same. The pathology may be similar, with the same overall diagnosis but the treatment plans depend on that microscopic detection. Good luck to you! Sharon

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    • Jodie Brummet Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I was diagnosed with DCIS stage 0 last year. I was able to have lumpectomy followed by radiation. I am premenopausal and take Tamoxifen. I also had negative genetic test. Ask many questions and you will find what is the best treatment path for you.

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  • %20Christina Mark Profile

    I have a stage 1 Idc tumor, which chemo drug is common to use for that type if cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 3 answers
    • Tiffani Warila Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I agree with Diana, I am diagnosed stage 2 and that is what I had for chemo. 4 rounds of adriamycin/cytoxin followed by 4 rounds of taxol. My treatments were every 14 days. I completed my chemo on nov 5 and just had my lumpectomy this past Thursday. I will need about 30 radiation treatments...

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      I agree with Diana, I am diagnosed stage 2 and that is what I had for chemo. 4 rounds of adriamycin/cytoxin followed by 4 rounds of taxol. My treatments were every 14 days. I completed my chemo on nov 5 and just had my lumpectomy this past Thursday. I will need about 30 radiation treatments starting in January. it's a long road, but you will get through it! Keep your head up!

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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Most of the women I've spoken to started out with 4 rounds of Adriamiacin/Cytoxin followed by either 4 rounds of dose dense Taxol or 12 rounds of a lower dose of Taxol. But this varies depending on what your Oncologist recommends.

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  • Niharika Sharma Profile

    My mom today got diagnosed with Infiltrating duct Carcinoma Nuclear Grade 2/3.I have no idea about cancer. We are consulting doctors but want to know how long does the treatment take and how painful it is.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    10 months 1 answer
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      There are some great videos on this site that explains some things in easy to understand terms. Everyone's cancer is unique to them so treatments are made for them and them only. I'm not sure where you live but does you facility have a breast patient navigator? They are trained to help...

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      There are some great videos on this site that explains some things in easy to understand terms. Everyone's cancer is unique to them so treatments are made for them and them only. I'm not sure where you live but does you facility have a breast patient navigator? They are trained to help patients get through things such as appointments, treatments, etc. Everyone too handles treatment(s) and the pain differently.

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  • Sarah Hailes Profile

    I am considering writing a book, and want to know what are some things you really wish you knew ahead of time, I have a few, but would like a larger group's input: Thank you!

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    over 4 years 10 answers
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    • Life is Good! Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      Thanks for taking the time to get input! Good luck with writing your book!

      ~ Women whose Mom's took DES while pregnant with them have a higher risk of breast cancer.
      ~ Take someone with you to appointments - 2 sets of ears are better than one
      ~ Write a list of questions down before every...

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      Thanks for taking the time to get input! Good luck with writing your book!

      ~ Women whose Mom's took DES while pregnant with them have a higher risk of breast cancer.
      ~ Take someone with you to appointments - 2 sets of ears are better than one
      ~ Write a list of questions down before every appointment. Take notes during appointments.
      ~ Get copies of all path reports, test results, etc. and keep them in a binder.
      ~ Don't overdo researching on the internet. Only use reputable sites like breastcancer.org and the American Cancer Society site.
      ~ Allow others to do things for you. They feel helpless and it makes them feel good.
      ~ Keep thank you notes on hand to tell people how much their support means to you.
      ~ Designate a family member of close friend to communicate to others after major surgeries
      ~ Do something that brings you joy each day. You need a diversion from cancer!
      ~

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      40 is not the magic number, to start getting mammograms. Woman should get this done much earlier.

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