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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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    Effexor or Lexapro - while taking Tamoxifen. Finished rads *no chemo* anyone have side effects on either one? thank you!

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2B Patient
    almost 6 years 5 answers
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    I will have my 1 1/2 year check up mammogram on Tuesday, I am so nervous, fear that cancer is back

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    Stage 2B Patient
    about 5 years 12 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I am at 6 years and have my annual mammogram the end of this month. I still worry, it is something that is always with you. The fear has become less intense over the years. Instead of worrying for weeks,now I only worry the night before.
      I am SO with Marianne.... afterward, I always sit in my...

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      I am at 6 years and have my annual mammogram the end of this month. I still worry, it is something that is always with you. The fear has become less intense over the years. Instead of worrying for weeks,now I only worry the night before.
      I am SO with Marianne.... afterward, I always sit in my car, cry, and thank God. I bet you will be just fine. So... do what Marianne and I do.... sit in your car, cry, and thank God. Hang in there, take care, Sharon

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      anonymous
      Patient

      I think we all worry because yes some are ok are we fear we are going to the the one that is not ... No one wants to be that girl again . It's plain scary no matter what !

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    I was just diagnosed with early cancer in both breasts. What treatments might be offered?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 1 answer
    • Joan Rosov Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 3A Patient

      They will probably start with a biopsy

      2 comments
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    Just diagnoised with DCIS, stage 0, grade 1. Had a lumpectomy with clean margins. Not sure about radiation treatment. Do I need it?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 7 answers
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    • Joanne Pawling Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I was diagnosed dcis, stage 0, grade 2 and 3. Lumpectomy done and also had clear margins. My doctors have recommended radiation, and I began treatments last week. I also began taking Tamoxifen. I wish you well in your decision. my thought was fight it now, and hopefully I will never have to deal...

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      I was diagnosed dcis, stage 0, grade 2 and 3. Lumpectomy done and also had clear margins. My doctors have recommended radiation, and I began treatments last week. I also began taking Tamoxifen. I wish you well in your decision. my thought was fight it now, and hopefully I will never have to deal with this again.

      3 comments
    • Douglas Feil Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      That's a question for your doctor. You should get your doctor's opinion. My mom had the same thing, though, about 5 years ago. I think she opted out of radiation, but again, you have to get some second opinions. I think they (doctors) do radiation after a lumpectomy because they want to make...

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      That's a question for your doctor. You should get your doctor's opinion. My mom had the same thing, though, about 5 years ago. I think she opted out of radiation, but again, you have to get some second opinions. I think they (doctors) do radiation after a lumpectomy because they want to make sure they got all the abnormal cells, so nothing has a chance to spread later.

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