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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.

Related Questions

  • ruby lee64 Profile

    Does caffeine of any kind cause breast pain?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 1 Patient
    almost 6 years 4 answers
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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Yes!!! This is normal if you have fibrous tissue in your breasts. Most women under 45 experience this. Vitamin E 400iu can help with tenderness but you have to lay off the caffeine and chocolate...

      Comment
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Ruby,

      HECK YES!!!! Some people are more sensitive to it than others.
      Take care, Sharon

      Comment
  • Sandi Harris Profile

    what can I do to reduce swelling and tightness 11-5 bi lateral mastectomy with expanders, 12-3 had expanders removed drains came out last Friday but still have stitches

    Asked by anonymous

    Patient
    over 5 years 3 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Sandi, that's normal. I actually had my expanders during chemo so I completely understand. I'm About to do radiation on Wednesday and I still have my expanders. I'm also having my portal removed tomorrow. God bless u and Praying for you.

      3 comments
    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      I'm kinda confused, you had a bilateral mastectomy in Nov, then in Dec you had the expanders taken out? Then drains removed after that? Was there a problem with the expanders? Why did you have them removed? As far as pain & swelling, that's normal. You've had a major surgery. Take it easy & rest....

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      I'm kinda confused, you had a bilateral mastectomy in Nov, then in Dec you had the expanders taken out? Then drains removed after that? Was there a problem with the expanders? Why did you have them removed? As far as pain & swelling, that's normal. You've had a major surgery. Take it easy & rest. Prayers to you.

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    When do I schedule the oncologist?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 1 answer
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Your surgeon should give you a referral to oncologist other wise see you gp

      Comment
  • erin honea Profile

    what would cause a tight pulling felling in right breast

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 2 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Erin,
      It is difficult to say but if this is not normal for you, get it checked by your doctor.
      Take care, Sharon

      Comment
    • Erin Timlin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Have you had radiation? That causes tightness and changes in the breast tissue and definitely can give a pulling feeling. If you've never had cancer, then maybe see your GYN for a breast exam. Good luck!

      Comment

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