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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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  • Nicole Adams Profile

    Will I be more likely to get breast cancer if my mom had it?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years 1 answer
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      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      It depends if u have the gene

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  • Cyndi Zimmerman Profile

    What is stage 2B breast cancer including lymph node ducts?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 3 answers
    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2006

      Cyndi this site has an excellent explanation of the various stages under the learn category. If you still have questions regarding your stage your oncologist

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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2006

      Sorry I accidently hit the done key before finishing. But I was going to say ask your oncologist to explain in more details so that you are very clear on your stage.

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  • Emma Rose Profile

    Does breast cancer affect your behavior?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 2 answers
    • Jessica Fisher Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 3A Patient

      I really wonder sometimes it plays with your hormones and they can totally effect your moods! I had a pretty bad nervous break down and then a few weeks later was diagnosed and I've always wondered if the cancer played a part

      Comment
    • Sallie HoyPoy Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      How can anyone experience something like this and go on with life as if nothing has happened.

      Comment
  • ashley garnica Profile

    When you get a lump on your breast can you move it around ? My mom has it for alone time and she is worried is it bad if she gets a rash on her nipple ?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 5 answers
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    • vicki e Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      A rash like that could be a sign of Paget's disease, a type of bc. She should go to her doctor because that is the only way to rule out a problem. Self diagnosis can lead to a lot of unnecessary stress.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Ashley,
      It is very important for your Mom to get anything that isn't normal in her breast checked out. Putting it off because she is afraid it is going to something awful will not make it go away. If it is --something-- waiting will only make it worse. Most of the lumps and bumps we feel...

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      Ashley,
      It is very important for your Mom to get anything that isn't normal in her breast checked out. Putting it off because she is afraid it is going to something awful will not make it go away. If it is --something-- waiting will only make it worse. Most of the lumps and bumps we feel usually turn out to be not breast cancer. The rash worries me. Tell her that it is making YOU WORRY. For YOUR sake, she needs to be checked. You are a wonderful caring daughter. Tell her you love her and want her to be around for a long time.... please go have the lump and rash evaluated by her doctor. Take care, Sharon

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