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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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  • 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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  • Crystie Goldsmith Profile

    any one out there that knows any thing about pea shaped smooth lumps in the breast

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 4 years 5 answers
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      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      Please get it checked out, don't procrastinate .

      Comment
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Chrystie,

      We can't tell you what it is but if this is abnormal for you get it checked. Most of these things are not cancer but it is the best to get them looked at asap. You may have to have an ultrasound or it might go all the way to a biopsy. Try not to go "to the dark side" with this. It...

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      Chrystie,

      We can't tell you what it is but if this is abnormal for you get it checked. Most of these things are not cancer but it is the best to get them looked at asap. You may have to have an ultrasound or it might go all the way to a biopsy. Try not to go "to the dark side" with this. It doesn't help you or do anything for the outcome. For some reason if it does turn out to be something, the sooner you get it diagnosed the better. As it turns out, there are LOTS of treatments for breast cancer and it is not a death sentence! Take care, Sharon

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  • Thumb avatar default

    My grandmother has cancer and is out of work, yet social security hinders her from financial assistance programs. Even with my full-time income, I can't cover expenses plus medical bills. Looked at charities/orgs and crowdfunding. I'm 23 and out of ideas.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 4 years 4 answers
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    • Diane Hoard Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 3A Patient

      I know what your going through. I'm on social security disability as well, some of the programs out there caters to individuals without any kind of income/or resources coming in. I went to Cancer Fund of America and Patient Advocacy Fund for help with medical , prescriptions, and everyday needs....

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      I know what your going through. I'm on social security disability as well, some of the programs out there caters to individuals without any kind of income/or resources coming in. I went to Cancer Fund of America and Patient Advocacy Fund for help with medical , prescriptions, and everyday needs. I called the national cancer society when I needed transport to chemo and radiation dr visits. Good Luck!

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      There is help out there for your grandmother. Diane Hoard gave excellent suggestions. There is no you could ever afford the cost of her treatment. Ask at her oncologists office, her hospital, patient advocate. There are options. Take care, Sharon

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  • dimple jain Profile

    what is the duration of initial stage of breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 4 years 4 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Like Betti, I don't quite understand the question. Cancer can probable start setting up cells a long time before it can be detected. There are so many variables there is no clear cut answer. It also depends on what type of cancer, and what grade it is. If it was very aggressive, it could...

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      Like Betti, I don't quite understand the question. Cancer can probable start setting up cells a long time before it can be detected. There are so many variables there is no clear cut answer. It also depends on what type of cancer, and what grade it is. If it was very aggressive, it could probably progress rapidly. Your question is nearly impossible to answer. Too much goes into a specific cancer and there are zillions of variations of breast cancer.

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I'm not sure what you are asking.

      Comment

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