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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.

Related Questions

  • Maria Crespo Profile

    Does it hurt when they put in the port

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 6 answers
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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      My port was placed at the same time as my mastectomy. The area was sore for a while. I know some women get it placed and have chemo the same day. I've had it for 2 years now, and don't even know it's there. Prayers to you.

      Comment
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Mine was some under general anesthetic so I was sleeping. Didn't feel a thing.

      1 comment
  • Sharaya Staley Profile

    I'm on tycarb and xelode and my body is very weak. Has anyone gone though this? How long were you on this?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 4 answers
    • View all 4 answers
    • Sharaya Staley Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Sorry xeloda and tykerb

      Comment
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Sharaya,
      I was not given this combination of chemotherapy but I can share that the drugs given for various types of breast cancer are tough on our bodies. It really doesn't matter in the big picture because the exhaustion you feel is a major side effect of all of these types of drugs. These...

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      Sharaya,
      I was not given this combination of chemotherapy but I can share that the drugs given for various types of breast cancer are tough on our bodies. It really doesn't matter in the big picture because the exhaustion you feel is a major side effect of all of these types of drugs. These drugs are fighting a great big bad enemy and they effect both cancer cells and normal cells. That is why we feel so tired. I want you to tell your oncologist the next time you go in about your exhaustion. They will take some blood to see how your immune system is handling the treatments. I was given an injection called Neulasta which helped bolster my immune system. Overall, this is a big tough battle and you are in the middle of it. It is quite universal to feel weak and tired is pretty common BUT TELL YOUR ONCOLOGIST! Hang in there..... Take care, Sharon

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  • Lisa Majka  Profile

    How many types of Breast Cancers are there? I'm also wondering if Inflammatory Breast Cancer is the worst one you can get?

    Asked by anonymous

    Patient
    almost 8 years 3 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Any type of breast cancer has the chances of containing aggressive cells. When diagnosed with breast cancer, there is the ability to look at individual cells and grade them for their aggressiveness. So many factors go into staging and grading breast cancer and then the treatment is...

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      Any type of breast cancer has the chances of containing aggressive cells. When diagnosed with breast cancer, there is the ability to look at individual cells and grade them for their aggressiveness. So many factors go into staging and grading breast cancer and then the treatment is individualized for the patient. Inflammatory breast cancer has the chances of being one of the more aggressive types but it is also one of the more rare diagnosed.

      Comment
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I just looked this up on several sites... around a 1-5% of breast cancers can be inflammatory or IBC.

      Comment
  • Sayra Bernon Profile

    if one of your breast reduces its size, and hurts constantly does it have to do with canser?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 6 answers
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    • Life is Good! Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      For peace of mind and to find out the cause, please go see your doctor. Keep us posted! We care about you!

      Comment
    • Jo Norwood Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Get it checked. The bottom third of my breast disappeared

      1 comment

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