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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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  • anonymous Profile

    Has anyone had experience with or heard of occult breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 1 answer
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I just read this... the cases I read about were axillary (arm pit) lymph nodes found to have breast cancer but no primary lesion was found in the breast. It was treated by mastectomy, chemo, and since it was ER+ PR+ Her2- hormone therapy for 5 years. Patient remained cancer free at the 5 year...

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      I just read this... the cases I read about were axillary (arm pit) lymph nodes found to have breast cancer but no primary lesion was found in the breast. It was treated by mastectomy, chemo, and since it was ER+ PR+ Her2- hormone therapy for 5 years. Patient remained cancer free at the 5 year point. Take care, Sharon

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  • Mary Asman Profile

    Does natural hormone therapy work?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 7 answers
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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Does natural hormone therapy work for what? If your cancer was E/P+ you don't need to be taking hormones of any kind; natural or otherwise. That's my opinion and no I'm not a doctor.

      Comment
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Mary,

      You sound confused about hormone therapy and how it works. If you are ER+ PR+ Her2-
      you will be advised to take a HORMONE BLOCKER. Your cancer FEEDS off of hormones. The LAST THING YOU WANT TO DO IT TAKE MORE HORMONES.....NATURAL OR NOT! Please quit trying to treat yourself and take...

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      Mary,

      You sound confused about hormone therapy and how it works. If you are ER+ PR+ Her2-
      you will be advised to take a HORMONE BLOCKER. Your cancer FEEDS off of hormones. The LAST THING YOU WANT TO DO IT TAKE MORE HORMONES.....NATURAL OR NOT! Please quit trying to treat yourself and take the advise of your oncologist. The hormone blocking drugs will starve any wandering cancer cells circulating around your body. If you start taking hormones.....natural or not, you are giving the cancer cells what they need to grow. Mary, please consult your doctor and get more information. Take care, Sharon

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    I was just diagnosed with estrogen testosterone+ breast cancr. What can you tell me about?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 4 years 5 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Mary,
      Simply... it means your cancer feeds off of hormones. Did you get your Her2 status.... is it + or -
      After treatment, you will probably be prescribed a hormone blocking drug. I was ER+ PR+
      Her2- After my treatment, I was prescribed a hormone blocking drug to take for 5 years.
      If you are...

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      Mary,
      Simply... it means your cancer feeds off of hormones. Did you get your Her2 status.... is it + or -
      After treatment, you will probably be prescribed a hormone blocking drug. I was ER+ PR+
      Her2- After my treatment, I was prescribed a hormone blocking drug to take for 5 years.
      If you are premenopausal it will be Tamoxifin. If you are post menopausal, it will be a drug like Letrozole.
      Your treatment depends on what type of breast cancer you have, what stage, and what grade. Treatment will consist of a combination of surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and hormone treatment. I had surgery, chemotherapy and hormone treatment. There is not a one standard treatment for all breast cancers. The treatments are "targeted" depending on many factors. That's why we can't tell you what you are going to have. You will have a bunch of tests CAT scan, bone scan, MRI, PET Scan, etc. Not all of them, but some of those.
      You can learn a lot right on this site. Keep in touch with us. We have all "been there, done that" and are living good lives. Take care, Sharon

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Do you mean estrogen-progesterone+ breast cancer? Testosterone is found in males not females. What has your doctor told you? Since I was estrogen/progesterone+ after my surgery and treatments I'm taking an Estrogen blocker. They vary depending on if you're pre or post menopausal. Other parts...

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      Do you mean estrogen-progesterone+ breast cancer? Testosterone is found in males not females. What has your doctor told you? Since I was estrogen/progesterone+ after my surgery and treatments I'm taking an Estrogen blocker. They vary depending on if you're pre or post menopausal. Other parts of the body can produce estrogen besides ovaries.

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