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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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  • daisy pickering Profile

    Hi. I'm going to Amsterdam for 3days. I had breast cancer 3 years ago do I tell holiday insurance or leave it out I'm fine now hope it stays that way

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 2 years 2 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I don't see why they would need to know.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I think that is your choice. If you don't think cancer will be an issue during your holiday then why should you tell them.

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  • anonymous Profile

    My 34 yr old wife diagnosed w/breast cancer on 12/19/12 had CT scan 1/21/13 learned it had metastasized to her kidney, bilat mastectomy 1/25/13 feel so lost, doesn't seem to be much info on it spreading to kidney. Has this happened to any one else?

    Asked by anonymous

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

      Joel,
      I know we are all so sorry to hear about your dear wife. You are still in a bit of a discovery phase even though she is heading into surgery in a couple of days. I would not despair as much can be done in regards to treatment of breast cancer in all stages. This is going to be a big...

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      Joel,
      I know we are all so sorry to hear about your dear wife. You are still in a bit of a discovery phase even though she is heading into surgery in a couple of days. I would not despair as much can be done in regards to treatment of breast cancer in all stages. This is going to be a big upcoming surgery and she will need you, probably more than she has ever needed you. I usually tell women heading into this battle, they need to put on their warrior panties.... you, I will tell you need to put on your warrior boxers! Be positive, and supportive, do not go to "the dark place." It is easy to slip into thinking the very worst...try not to do that, it won't help either of you. Be her protector...don't let people around her start telling her horrible stories about "Aunt Millie." New treatments are different and numerous compared to Aunt Millie's day. Your wife is terrified as are you. Actually, as time goes by and you hear her treatment plan both your mind and hers will actually feels some relief because you know how her care team will be proceeding. God's blessing, please keep in touch. We are a supportive group here and will share our experiences with our various journey's. Take care, Sharon

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Joel, I couldn't of said it better then Sharon. I know that my husband standing by my side while I go through this journey has been so beneficial to my recovery. Hang in there and when times get hard lean on God. I'll be praying for u both.

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  • anita anton Profile

    negative 3 her 2 positive, how serious

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 4 years 4 answers
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    • sharon s Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Her2 means you will be given Herceptin for twelve months. It is specifically connected to stopping that receptor. This receptor hangs both inside and outside of the cell. It suggests aggressive cancer.
      About 25 percent a her2.
      Fewer are triple positive.

      Her2 controls how your cancer...

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      Her2 means you will be given Herceptin for twelve months. It is specifically connected to stopping that receptor. This receptor hangs both inside and outside of the cell. It suggests aggressive cancer.
      About 25 percent a her2.
      Fewer are triple positive.

      Her2 controls how your cancer is duplicating ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      What kind of information has your doctor(s) given you? That's where I'd start, sit down and have a discussion about it.

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  • Maura Foley Profile

    I want to thank all of you for the strength and support I have gathered from all of you as I help my sister through the toughest battle of/for her life!

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 1 Patient
    over 5 years 5 answers
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    • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      Thoughts and prayers for you and your sister there is light at the end of that tunnel.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Maura,
      You are a wonderful REAL sister to help your's through a very tough time. We know what she is going through but she will get through it, especially with your help. Some days are just more difficult than others but she is going to make it. We are sending our love, prayers and positive...

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      Maura,
      You are a wonderful REAL sister to help your's through a very tough time. We know what she is going through but she will get through it, especially with your help. Some days are just more difficult than others but she is going to make it. We are sending our love, prayers and positive thoughts both you her and you too. God's blessings, Sharon

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