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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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  • Bettyann Rosenthal Profile

    I have Stage III HER2-pos Breast Cancer. I have Medicare, it pays 80%. Is there not good doctors and treatment for people who don't have secondary ins. or cash growing in the backyard?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 5 answers
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      The American Cancer Society has a lot of great information concerning financial matters, support, and so much more. There are offices in most major cities, or you can reach them on their website which includes a toll-free number. Best wishes to you Bettyann on your journey.

      3 comments
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      If a diagnosis of breast cancer isn't already lousy.... then you have to worry about how you are going to pay for the treatment. We had catastrophic coverage because the insurance premiums were so expensive. My husband and I had to buy our own coverage. The premiums were high and so were the...

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      If a diagnosis of breast cancer isn't already lousy.... then you have to worry about how you are going to pay for the treatment. We had catastrophic coverage because the insurance premiums were so expensive. My husband and I had to buy our own coverage. The premiums were high and so were the deductable. Diana is giving you a great suggestion. Contact the American Cancer Society. They gave us a gas card so we could get to my appointments. They also had other programs and suggestions to help you out. If you run into expensive prescriptions you can't afford, I found if you contact the drug manufacturers, they sometimes have programs for low cost drugs or free. That was a huge help when I needed a special drug to combat nausea. Our community also had a benefit dinner and auction for us when I was diagnosed.... what a huge blessing that was!!!

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  • Parth Parikh Profile

    I have triple negative breast cancer.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 1 answer
    • Ali S Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Me too, at age 31. I'm now cancer free after the summer of chemo, lumpectomy, now radiation just in case. Triple neg usually responds to chemo, mine was nearly gone before my final chemo infusion
      Best wishes

      1 comment
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    How do you know if a lump is cancerous?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years 2 answers
    • Kelly Smith Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 3B Patient

      A biopsy will be able to determine of a lump is malignant.

      Comment
    • Nikol Vega Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      They will usually do a biopsy to determine if it's cancerous

      Comment
  • anita anton Profile

    negative 3 her 2 positive, how serious

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 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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