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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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    I've had moderately severe psoriasis on my hands since the age of 6. I am concerned abut how it will respond to chemo and radiation. Anyone had experience with this?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    over 5 years 1 answer
    • kim sosa Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had severe psoriasis on my elbows and the chemo killed all of it. I finished chemo two months ago and so far it has not come back.

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  • Terri Way Profile

    What is the link between eating soy and breast cancer? Is it something I should or should not be eating?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2B Patient
    over 5 years 5 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I think the soy question is a bit in the gray area. I asked my doctor about it because I am ER, PR,+ and am taking a hormone blocking drug. He said "I could, but not to go overboard about it." Since soy is a bit of a plant type hormone, I just quit eating it. Hopefully, someone else on this...

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      I think the soy question is a bit in the gray area. I asked my doctor about it because I am ER, PR,+ and am taking a hormone blocking drug. He said "I could, but not to go overboard about it." Since soy is a bit of a plant type hormone, I just quit eating it. Hopefully, someone else on this board can give you additional information. I used to make smoothie's out of tofu and fresh fruit.... loved them. Take care, Sharon

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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Same here as the other posts. My onc didn't say I had to avoid it but i don't consume soy milk, etc-ER, PR +. but I don't read labels. I figure Femara will take care of those traces. I don't stress over it. I enjoy food too much. :-) Jo

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    What if you skip some radiation treatments? I have just been diagnosed with Stage 1, and we have a trip planned that we cannot cancel. I will undergo a lumpectomy next week followed by radiation.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 3 answers
    • Omar Hinojosa Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      The best thing to do is go as scheduled. If this is not possible then you should see if it is possible to complete treatment at another center. You should pose this question to your oncologist since no information was given about your breast cancer. For instance, if you are HER-2 positive I would...

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      The best thing to do is go as scheduled. If this is not possible then you should see if it is possible to complete treatment at another center. You should pose this question to your oncologist since no information was given about your breast cancer. For instance, if you are HER-2 positive I would state that it is not in your best interest. My mother has breast cancer and has two residence. To date we have traveled and received treatment at those destinations. We have traveled and received treatment in El Paso, Alabama, Tennessee and Chicago. Hope this helps

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    • Heather Chamber Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Generally u should have at least two weeks after ur surgery b4 starting any radiation. That area needs to heal b4 they start the next phase. Good luck hun. Be strong

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    17 years old I been having breast pain for 6 months I have a family history of breast cancer on both sides. I had ultrasound they found nothing my mom asked for mri they found 9mm mass and I was told to get another ultrasound

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    5 months 3 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I'm not a doctor but they probably don't want to do a biopsy on a person your age unless absolutely necessary. It sounds like it is really small and may be difficult to see it to do a biopsy. I had 2 areas and after a positive biopsy only then was an MRI ordered to see if was 2 separate areas...

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      I'm not a doctor but they probably don't want to do a biopsy on a person your age unless absolutely necessary. It sounds like it is really small and may be difficult to see it to do a biopsy. I had 2 areas and after a positive biopsy only then was an MRI ordered to see if was 2 separate areas or 1 large one with an area coming off of it. I understand you have a strong family history of breast cancer, I had none but when all was said and done I had 4 areas of cancer in my one breast.

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    • Faith Kendricks  Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      additontion to my question. but my question is why haven’t ask for biopsy to check mass

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