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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 schuler Profile

    do mammograms detect cancer or just abonormalities

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    over 7 years 6 answers
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    • vicki e Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      Same here traci. Mine did not show up on mammograms either.

      Comment
    • Roz Potenza Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      They found my suspicious lump on a mammo and then I was send for an ultrasound which I later found out pretty much confirmed that it was a malignancy - they can tell by shape and density, etc. That was followed up by a needle biopsy which confirmed that I did indeed have breast cancer. You will...

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      They found my suspicious lump on a mammo and then I was send for an ultrasound which I later found out pretty much confirmed that it was a malignancy - they can tell by shape and density, etc. That was followed up by a needle biopsy which confirmed that I did indeed have breast cancer. You will usually then have other tests like an MRI and a PetScan. Please let us know if you have any more questions.

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    Can you get breast cancer if you have breast implants?

    Asked by anonymous

    Family Member or Loved One
    almost 9 years 2 answers
    • Catherine Nodurft Profile
      anonymous
      Family Member or Loved One

      Yes, but having implants makes it more difficult to detect lumps when performing a self-exam.

      Comment
    • Sheryl Love Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      Yes. I was diagnosed October 26th with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma. My surgery is November 28th. Plan A right now is a lumpectomy and radiation and estrogen therapy. I had breast augmentation in 2008.

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    How is breast cancer linked to ovarian cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years 1 answer
  • VIVIANE GRANT Profile

    I was diagnosed with triple negative invasive carcinoma,had lumpectomy, 6 chemo treatments and 33 radiation treatments. How much higher is the risk for me to get this cancer to come back

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 1 answer
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Vivian's, there are boatloads of statistics out there but no one can really predict the future. According to statistics, I should never have got breast cancer....here I am six years down the road from treatment. My oncologist told me to live my life to the fullest and leave the worrying about...

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      Vivian's, there are boatloads of statistics out there but no one can really predict the future. According to statistics, I should never have got breast cancer....here I am six years down the road from treatment. My oncologist told me to live my life to the fullest and leave the worrying about my health to him. I follow up on my check ups, now, every six months. It is difficult at this point for you to not be overly focused on this lousy disease. The further away from treatment, you are able to not worry about it as much. Worrying about it coming back won't make it stay away....it will just cause stress in your life. Even if you do have a reoccurrence, that doesn't mean that's the end of the road. We have many women who have reoccurrence's and are treated. Love the life you have, make every day count, try not to put a dark cloud on those days. Blessings to you. Take care, Sharon

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