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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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    Has anyone had symptoms of chest pain in duct glands. Feels like milk ducts filling up

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 3 years 3 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I'm not a doctor but chest pain and milk gland pain wouldn't feel the same (I don't think anyway). Any changes to one's body should be checked by their doctor as some testing may be needed to determine what it is.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Please call you doctor

      Comment
  • Courtney C. Profile

    How close are we to finding a cure?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years 4 answers
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    • Ana Naluh Andrade Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Unfortunately, I don't think there's dedication at all on finding a cure for cancer in general. There is researches on new treatments, new medications, less invasive procedures. But meanwhile the pharmaceutical industry makes millions with diseases, nobody will give up the profits for the cure....

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      Unfortunately, I don't think there's dedication at all on finding a cure for cancer in general. There is researches on new treatments, new medications, less invasive procedures. But meanwhile the pharmaceutical industry makes millions with diseases, nobody will give up the profits for the cure. When you know that 1 (one) session of chemotherapy runs around $30,000/$40,000, you understand what I mean!

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    • Shannon Key Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I'm so glad to hear that someone else thinks like my survivor friends and myself!

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  • melba mcrae Profile

    What does invasive biospy mean?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 5 answers
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I had a local anesthestic for a core biopsy- a small incision was made to thread a the hollow needle through and extract tissue from 4 different quadrants of the tumor. It was ultra sound guided. It was still painful but i didn't need further biopsy as a fine needle may which can be inconclusive.

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    • Evelyn Heilbrunn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Hi Melba,

      Invasive generally means that something is going to go inside you to (in the case of a breast lump) take a biopsy. "Invasive" can include a needle or surgical biopsy. Do you have to go to a hospital or surgical center, or will it be done in a breast center or doctor's office?

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  • Kay Roberts Profile

    Im 46 dx breast cancer HER2. Therapy starts this week. Im so nervous Worried about side effects. Do you remember your very FIRST treatment, What should I expect??? Has anyone found a solution to nausea???

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 3A Patient
    over 7 years 7 answers
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    • Jennifer Jones Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      If you get a bad headache taking Zofran let your Dr. Know. I was allergic to it and had to go on another nausea medicine. Good luck!

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I finished 6 treatments of tc a week ago. I was given zofran before each treatment was started, then I took one zofran that night and then 3 x a day for the next three days. Fortunately, I never had nausea. I was told if the zofran did not work I could take compazine. I was really worried about...

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      I finished 6 treatments of tc a week ago. I was given zofran before each treatment was started, then I took one zofran that night and then 3 x a day for the next three days. Fortunately, I never had nausea. I was told if the zofran did not work I could take compazine. I was really worried about side effects but just took and am taking one day (or hour) at a time. I wish you the best.

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