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Introduction

Chapter: 1 - Introduction

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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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  • Courtney Vires Profile

    mom has breast cance, has no insurance n cnt afford medical treatments, Shes tried tncare n cn only get 45 days n nthng after tht So is there somewhere or any1 I cn contact 4 hlp r donations? Ive mde a site bt its nt helping Www.giveforward.com/teamtina

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 8 answers
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    • Traciann brundage Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      The American cancer society has access to grants for women like your mother . She is lucky to have you . Also ask to talk to a patient advocate where she is being treated .

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    • terri best Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      Contact the American Cancer Society. They should be able to steer you in the right direction. Food luck.

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  • Marlene Gulliford Profile

    My radiologist told me during my ultrasound that the lump in my breast looks suspicious and that it looks to be cancer. Do you think there is a possibility that he could be wrong with his diagnosis? Due to have a core biopsy on Tuesday.

    Asked by anonymous

    Patient
    about 4 years 7 answers
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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      If you're not sure seek another opinion. I had 2 areas that looked suspicious 3 years ago that hadn't been seen previously. I had a biopsy of one area that was indeed a cancer and we elected to biopsy the other area next to it a couple of weeks later and it too was a cancer but a different...

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      If you're not sure seek another opinion. I had 2 areas that looked suspicious 3 years ago that hadn't been seen previously. I had a biopsy of one area that was indeed a cancer and we elected to biopsy the other area next to it a couple of weeks later and it too was a cancer but a different type. Radiologists have special training in reading X-rays, etc. and yes at times they can be wrong but if he is recommending a biopsy I'd have it done. Take care and keep us posted, Betti

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      It's not for sure until they do a biopsy. The radiologist who did my ultrasound told me chances were, my biopsy would come back as cancer and she was right. My lump was very firm, irregular shaped and had a bumpy feeling to it. I already knew it was cancer from the 1st time I felt it. It was...

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      It's not for sure until they do a biopsy. The radiologist who did my ultrasound told me chances were, my biopsy would come back as cancer and she was right. My lump was very firm, irregular shaped and had a bumpy feeling to it. I already knew it was cancer from the 1st time I felt it. It was so weird. On the ultrasound the shape was very irregular and I watched as she took various measurements. Even when I got "The Call" it was still a terrible shock. I went on to have treatment and am alive and well 8 years later. Hang in there and take care, please keep in touch with us. Sharon

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  • kim sosa Profile

    I was diagnosed stage 2 possible stage 3A because of lymp node involvement. My doctor said I should live a full life but reading things on the internet tell me otherwise. Any reassurance will help.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 5 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Oh Darlin!
      DO NOT READ THOSE HORROR STORIES! There are many, many, more successful outcomes than awful ones. Your eyes are going to be drawn to the horrible and it won't do you a bit of good except to depress you. "Been there.... done that." I would trust what your doctor says and put on...

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      Oh Darlin!
      DO NOT READ THOSE HORROR STORIES! There are many, many, more successful outcomes than awful ones. Your eyes are going to be drawn to the horrible and it won't do you a bit of good except to depress you. "Been there.... done that." I would trust what your doctor says and put on your big girl pink warrior panties and slap breast cancer in it's sassy face! You are always going to find the most horrendous stories and the most depressing statistics. You are not a statistic, you are a woman who was found to have breast cancer! Big deal.... HA! I also had breast cancer with node involvment, I am in my 5th year and just saw my oncologist last Wednesday. We "high-fived" each other in celebration of another clean check-up. He told me I was doing great and told me not to worry. PLEASE....Kim, your glass is really --half-full-- and heading for all the way full. You will get through your treatment and be ok. You have a bunch of women out there who are alive today because we have received great treatment and have the support of other women who have been treated before us. HANG IN THERE, GIRL! Healing hugs and courage. Do NOT listen to negative stories... there are many more positive ones out there. God's blessings, Sharon

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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Kim, the ladies are right. Don't back attention to the stats online. For one thing....they're not up to date. And another...every woman is different. Only God knows when our time is up. No one else. I was stage 3C when I began my treatment last May. When they went in to do my bilateral mastectomy...

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      Kim, the ladies are right. Don't back attention to the stats online. For one thing....they're not up to date. And another...every woman is different. Only God knows when our time is up. No one else. I was stage 3C when I began my treatment last May. When they went in to do my bilateral mastectomy I had 13 positive lymph nodes. In three of the lymph nodes...the cancer had broken outside the node. It had also spread to my chest wall. After almost a year of treatment...I'm cancer free!!! Take a look at my bio if you'd like. Replace that internet search for survival stats with "uplifting survivor stories"!!!! You can do this Kim!! Lots of hugs, Diana

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    Has anyone recently had the surgery to exchange the tissue expander for the permanent implant?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2B Patient
    over 6 years 4 answers
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    • Wendy DeLong Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had it done on Feb 27!

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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      I have saline implants. It is the only way I could get the size I wanted, and cleavage. I'm very happy with them. What is it that you would like to know? Prayers to you.

      3 comments

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