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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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  • Mary Foti Profile

    My mother's breast cancer recurred and is now stage 4. We are both positive for the BRCA2 mutation. I also had breast cancer in 2010. Does my mother's cancer recurrence mean my cancer will come back, too? We were both stage 1 when we were diagnosed.

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2010
    over 7 years 4 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      That is very unfortunate news and I am sorry to hear it. I don't think it means that your cancer will return but I think it might be an idea to talk to your doctor about the options to help reduce the chance of it reoccurring. It might be an idea to consider a bi lateral mastectomy if you...

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      That is very unfortunate news and I am sorry to hear it. I don't think it means that your cancer will return but I think it might be an idea to talk to your doctor about the options to help reduce the chance of it reoccurring. It might be an idea to consider a bi lateral mastectomy if you haven't already. I have stage 2 IDC and don't have the gene but still chose to have a bilateral for my own peace of mind.

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    • Trish Watt Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Mary, Sorry to hear of the reoccurrence. I never had the test for BRCA2 but I went through 5 years of watching and waiting. The mental roller coaster I was on was more stressful than deciding and having a bi lateral mastectomy. Making that decision literally and physically lifted a big weight off...

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      Mary, Sorry to hear of the reoccurrence. I never had the test for BRCA2 but I went through 5 years of watching and waiting. The mental roller coaster I was on was more stressful than deciding and having a bi lateral mastectomy. Making that decision literally and physically lifted a big weight off of my shoulders. I had Stage I triple negative breast cancer which is a very aggressive type. Having the mastectomy was the best decision I ever made and I don't regret it at all. I'm sure you are younger than I was when diagnosed but who wants that hanging over your head. When you make the decision, and it has to be yours, you'll know it was the light one. Blessing and prayers for your family.

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    my grandmother past away from breast cancer am i at high risk my grand mother was my moms mom

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 2 answers
    • jennifer lewis Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      You are probably at higher risk than someone who has zero family history. That wasn't my case though. No history for me, I still got it. Just be vigilant about changes or unusual things going on with your body. Go to the dr for regular exams. But don't live in fear that you may get it. God bless.

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    • B R Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I agree with Jennifer. Cancer is sneaky though. My maternal grandmother had breast cancer in her late 70's. I was diagnosed at 52 with it. Be diligent with self exams and mammos and report any changes you notice to your MD.

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  • Nicole Adams Profile

    Will I be more likely to get breast cancer if my mom had it?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years 1 answer
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      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      It depends if u have the gene

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  • sonali Singh Profile

    Do you have lose ur hair during chimo

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 6 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I lost all my hair, and all my body hair. My eyelashes and eyebrows were thelast to go.

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I didn't lose all of mine but most of my head hair and all my pubic hair. My hairdresser felt I wouldn't lose any more head hair but I had her buzz what was left off as it became a nuisance. I didn't have to shave my arms and legs as often either and I think my eyebrows and lashes thinned out...

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      I didn't lose all of mine but most of my head hair and all my pubic hair. My hairdresser felt I wouldn't lose any more head hair but I had her buzz what was left off as it became a nuisance. I didn't have to shave my arms and legs as often either and I think my eyebrows and lashes thinned out some. I have a friend who lost hair everywhere on her body and some is still growing back in. My headhair has returned as has my pubic hair (darn with that part).

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