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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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    What does T1 cN1 mi MO mean?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years 4 answers
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    • Laura Cornwell Profile
      anonymous
      Industry Provider

      I think I can interpret this. T1c N1mi M0
      T1c - referring to primary tumor size, it was more than 1 cm in greatest dimension but less than 2 cm.
      N1mi - means they found cancer cells in one to three lymph nodes outside the primary tumor. but mi means micrometastases which means that there were a...

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      I think I can interpret this. T1c N1mi M0
      T1c - referring to primary tumor size, it was more than 1 cm in greatest dimension but less than 2 cm.
      N1mi - means they found cancer cells in one to three lymph nodes outside the primary tumor. but mi means micrometastases which means that there were a relatively small number of cancer cells in the lymph node.
      M0 - means there are no metastases in any other part of the body

      Because it was classified as N1mi instead of regular N1, this would describe a stage IB rather than stage II breast cancer. So worse than stage IA, but better than Stage II.

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    • Elaine Mills Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      Look up "pathology results" on the internet. I got great information from doing that.

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    I had breast cancer a year and a half ago and 5 lymph nodes removed and i am having pain in my armpit feeling bruised and it is traveling down my arm. should i be concerned?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 3 answers
    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I would have it checked out it might be lymphadema.

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    • Roz Potenza Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      Oh my dear, once you have had cancer every twinge and pain is suspect. Don't play games. Go to the doctor and have it checked. You've done this so if it is something, a quick diagnosis is your friend. It may be nothing but only a doctor can truly make you rest easy. Saying a little prayer...

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      Oh my dear, once you have had cancer every twinge and pain is suspect. Don't play games. Go to the doctor and have it checked. You've done this so if it is something, a quick diagnosis is your friend. It may be nothing but only a doctor can truly make you rest easy. Saying a little prayer for you to be ok. Be well.

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  • Tammy B Profile

    Had an MRI yesterday. This morning I woke up with terrible burning sensation while urinating. Has anyone else experienced this?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 2 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Tammy,
      It could be from the contrast dye. I would drink a LOT of water today. I would also put in a call to the MRI office and tell them. (extra points for drinking cranberry juice).
      Take care, Sharon

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    • julie s Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      I have had 2 MRIs and have not experiences this but everyone is different- check with your doctor.

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  • Bayla Geger Profile

    What do breasts look like when you have breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 3 answers
    • Buster OBuster Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Mine looked completely normal except for this lump sticking out:). Which was cured with a lumpectomy. Now all I have is a 3" scar on my breast

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      anonymous
      Family Member or Loved One

      Sometimes they look completely normal, but you have pain or can feel a lump in your breast. Other times the nipple can be inverted or red. You should always contact your doctor if you see or feel anything unusual.

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