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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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    I was told not have grapefruit as it interferes with Tamoxifen. Is lemon water ok?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2B Patient
    almost 6 years 5 answers
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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I didn't hear about either ??

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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Yes, lemons are fine. I know some are told not to have soy, grapefruit or pomegranates as they can interfere with meds. My onc never said not to have these. All things in moderation. You need large amounts for these to be a danger. Prayers to you.

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  • lisa epstein Profile

    I had stage 1 2.1mm and grade 3, I had a lumpectomy and am er positive nodes neg. and clear margins. What kind of treatment do you think I will need now?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 1 Patient
    over 8 years 1 answer
    • Lysa Allison Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I would talk with your doctor but I chose to have radiation after the lumpectomy and am now taking Tamoxifen. I know this is a scary time but I wanted to do everything I could to keep from having another cancer. God bless you and be with you through your journey.

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  • Nabega Nankema Profile

    I am 17 and have breast cancer, I am afraid I will die. Help.

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 1 Patient
    over 8 years 8 answers
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    • Ky'a Jackson Profile
      anonymous
      Family Member or Loved One

      Hi Nabega. You post touched my heart! I do not have breast cancer but I am supporting a woman that does and I can tell you this...it is very important to work with your doctors, eat right, stay positive and know that you are a FIGHTER. It is important to keep your body, mind and soul strong for...

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      Hi Nabega. You post touched my heart! I do not have breast cancer but I am supporting a woman that does and I can tell you this...it is very important to work with your doctors, eat right, stay positive and know that you are a FIGHTER. It is important to keep your body, mind and soul strong for this battle but you can win it! Be strong my sister! :)

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    • Liz Carolan Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I was 19 the first time I was diagnosed. It's hard especially when you're young. Treat it aggressively. Hopefully you caught it early.

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    What does it mean she they say the mass seems solid and does not have much blood flow?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 2 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      It means pretty much just that. Usually cancers have blood flows because that is how they are nourished to grow. You NEED to contact your doctor for a definite meaning in your specific case. Take care, Sharon

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    • Mary Chase Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Ask your doctors all of the questions you can think of. Write them down and take the list to your appt. if they don't answer them in a way you can understand or don't want to spend the time them get another doctor!

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