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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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  • ruby lee64 Profile

    Does caffeine of any kind cause breast pain?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 1 Patient
    over 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...

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Ruby,

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

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  • Alglen Thelex Garay Profile

    is it ok to refuse chemo or herceptin after surgery and ask for oral medication instead...

    Asked by anonymous

    Family Member or Loved One
    over 6 years 6 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Alglen,
      If you are asking is it ok to refuse the advise to have chemotherapy.... it is a personal decision. A patient can do whatever they choose. If you as saying a patient does not want to take the advise of their caregivers about chemo and --thinks-- taking an oral medication will be as...

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      Alglen,
      If you are asking is it ok to refuse the advise to have chemotherapy.... it is a personal decision. A patient can do whatever they choose. If you as saying a patient does not want to take the advise of their caregivers about chemo and --thinks-- taking an oral medication will be as effective as chemotherapy, they are dead wrong. Breast cancer is a very tough opponent and it has to be dealth with while your mom has the chance. This is her golden opportunity to throw everything there is at her cancer. There is no easy way out if she fights this. Chemo isn't fun but the side effects can be managed. My best friend chose not to have chemotherapy and she is dead. Surgery can only remove the primary tumor and lymph nodes. It is the cancer cells that may be circulating around her body the chemotherapy targets. Your mom shouldn't let breast cancer win by her being scared to DEATH by the treatment. I am extremely harsh sounding because I detest having breast cancer win and take one of my sisters. There isn't an easy way around a battle with breast cancer. Tell you mom, she has to fight like a real warrior. She really has more strength within her than she thinks. God's blessings, take care, Sharon

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    • Erin Timlin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I'm on herceptin and as far as I know there is no oral medication counterpart. Tamoxifen is given to women who have ER tumors. herceptin is given to women who have HER2 tumors. Chemo is your best bet against an aggressive form of breast cancer such as HER2 .

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  • Alglen Thelex Garay Profile

    hello... my mom was advised by her oncologist after the radial mastectomy to have Herceptin every 3 weeks for 13 sessions... what should we expect during the treatment...

    Asked by anonymous

    Family Member or Loved One
    over 6 years 2 answers
    • Erin Timlin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I have been on herceptin since last Jan and have 3 more sessions and I have not had one problem! Honestly, it will be such an advantage to her. My oncologist described herceptin as a "home run drug" in cancer treatment in the last 10 years. He said it's such an incredible advancement and women...

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      I have been on herceptin since last Jan and have 3 more sessions and I have not had one problem! Honestly, it will be such an advantage to her. My oncologist described herceptin as a "home run drug" in cancer treatment in the last 10 years. He said it's such an incredible advancement and women with HER2 tumors now have a great prognosis. Encourage her to consider it!

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    • celien thorne Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      The herceptin is tolerable , it does give some side effects like runny nose , brittle nails , shortness of breath and stomach issues maybe a little tired then it passes .. I have been on it for about 9 months n counting . I just ran a 10k on turkey day and that was a day after herceptin ! Woo...

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      The herceptin is tolerable , it does give some side effects like runny nose , brittle nails , shortness of breath and stomach issues maybe a little tired then it passes .. I have been on it for about 9 months n counting . I just ran a 10k on turkey day and that was a day after herceptin ! Woo hoo! exercise is a great thing to do to help us heal at any age , even walking or whatever activity ur mom might enjoy maybe u can do together. One day at a time :-)

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