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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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  • sabrina ramos Profile

    i have tiny marble like bump inside both breast my left breast has become painful what could be the cause of this pain im having

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 3 answers
    • Cheryl Wornham Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Got to the Dr. have he or she check it out

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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Have it checked out. It's better safe than sorry. Any lumps or changes should be looked at.

      1 comment
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    Once removed does a lymph node grow back?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 5 years 3 answers
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      anonymous
      Stage 3C Patient

      I don't believe they grow back, but often the lymph finds other paths to move through the body. It's pretty impossible for surgeons to remove every lymph node in an area so you usually have some left to do the work. I got this info from my lymphedema PT.

      2 comments
    • Mimi Carroll Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Nope, they don't grow back. We do have others . I had 13 out in February and I am doing fine. I get massages and do exercises to help the fluid go to other nodes. Two best lymph exercises- jump on trampoline or rebounder and when sitting flex your foot up and down.
      I wear a compression...

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      Nope, they don't grow back. We do have others . I had 13 out in February and I am doing fine. I get massages and do exercises to help the fluid go to other nodes. Two best lymph exercises- jump on trampoline or rebounder and when sitting flex your foot up and down.
      I wear a compression sleeve my dic gave when doing lifting and will for flying.

      3 comments
  • Carla Victor-rawson Profile

    Had Lumpectomy and removal of 2 nodes 16 days ago.... I feel that my breast feels heavy.... and still sore... Is this normal? I have no fever and no redness the scars are healing very nice... Guess the heaviness of the Breast is worrying me... Any advice?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 2 answers
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      HI Carla, That was how mine felt. Had to wear soft sports bra all of the time. Still have to at night sometimes. I'm constantly putting on and taking off the bra. The scar seems to tug. Annoying. I found stretching helps with that, but if you have large breast you'll probably feel it more. Had my...

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      HI Carla, That was how mine felt. Had to wear soft sports bra all of the time. Still have to at night sometimes. I'm constantly putting on and taking off the bra. The scar seems to tug. Annoying. I found stretching helps with that, but if you have large breast you'll probably feel it more. Had my surgery Apr 4 and have tenderness and uncomfortable twinges but glad i still have the little girl. It will improve. :-D Jo

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    • Jk Joyce Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I had my second surgery in March and I still have not healed inside. That breast is sometimes hot feeling and still aches. The onc. Said it could take a year to heal. Just be sure to discuss everything with your drs. That is the best source.

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    Is there a link between oral contraceptives and breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 2 answers
    • Janelle Strunk Profile
      anonymous
      Family Member or Loved One

      That is a great question - and it is a question that researchers continue to ask...
      According to the National Cancer Institute, a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer depends on several factors, some of which are related to her natural hormones. Hormonal factors that increase the risk of...

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      That is a great question - and it is a question that researchers continue to ask...
      According to the National Cancer Institute, a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer depends on several factors, some of which are related to her natural hormones. Hormonal factors that increase the risk of breast cancer include conditions that may allow high levels of hormones to persist for long periods of time, such as beginning menstruation at an early age (before age 12), experiencing menopause at a late age (after age 55), having a first child after age 30, and not having children at all.

      One study found that that women who were current or recent users of birth control pills had a slightly elevated risk of developing breast cancer. Interestingly, this same study suggested that 10 or more years after women stopped using oral contraceptives, their risk of developing breast cancer returned to the same level as if they had never used birth control pills, regardless of family history of breast cancer, reproductive history, geographic area of residence, ethnic background, differences in study design, dose and type of hormone, or duration of use. However, another study indicated that current or former use of oral contraceptives did not significantly increase the risk of breast cancer.

      Overall, there is not currently any conclusive evidence about the link between oral contraceptives an breast cancer.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hello every one.
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      Hello every one.
      I'm Christina Brayn. I'm from US-Dallas. I'm am so excited am a Complete woman Again, I Was Infected With Herpes virus since 3 Years now I am devastated and am finding it hard to cope i was emotionally down I Have Been Seriously Praying To God And Searching For Cure.So as I was browsing through the Internet one day, I came across a website that suggested that Dr. IyaryI can help cure any type of virus like Herpes, Hiv/Aids cancer and Asthma…e.t.c And I Contacted Him, He Sent Me A Medicine And Directed Me On How I Will Take The Medicine For 21 Days, I Did So And Went For A Test And My Result Came Out As Negative. I Am So Happy, I Shared Tears Of Happiness And I Have Taken It Upon My Self To Always Testify About How God Used Dr. IyaryI To Solve My Problem. I Am A Clean woman Now, Without Any Virus If You Are Infected With Any Disease Like HIV AIDS, CANCER ,HERPES Or Any Other Disease You Can Also Be Happy Like Me By Contacting Dr. Iyaryi Through His Email driayaryi2012@hotmail.com And also Reach him on WhatsApp Number: +2349057915709 Thanks Dr. Iyaryi driayaryi2012@hotmail.com

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