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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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  • terri best Profile

    I'm getting a chest port placed this week. What should I wear to chemotherapy to easily access the port? I hope this doesn't sound like a silly question. Any ideas?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2B Patient
    almost 7 years 13 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Terri,
      I wore the same shirt every time. It was a dark blue plaid that button down the front. I never had any blood on it, I kind of thought of it as my ~~lucky shirt~~ Once you have your first treatment you should have a good idea what would work best for you.
      Take care, Sharon

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    • terri best Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      Thank you all for your ideas and kind words. You guys are great! :)

      Comment
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    what does the mass look like on the ultrasound screen?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 5 years 1 answer
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      It depends what kind of "mass" it is. You could have dense breasts and that would show up a certain way. Cysts are usually "black holes" on an ultrasound with borders that are smooth. I think it is very difficult to make sense of an ultrasound if it is anything other than a cyst. If you want...

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      It depends what kind of "mass" it is. You could have dense breasts and that would show up a certain way. Cysts are usually "black holes" on an ultrasound with borders that are smooth. I think it is very difficult to make sense of an ultrasound if it is anything other than a cyst. If you want cancer described again.... it depends on what kind of breast cancer. My ultrasound was done and I had an immediate biopsy. Even though I did have a cancerous tumor, it was never clear to me other than It did have irregular borders on it.

      If your ultrasound doesn't look right, you are scheduled for a biopsy. Even at that.... having to have a biopsy DOES NOT MEAN YOU HAVE CANCER! Many women have biopsy's and they come back NOT cancer. If a doctor or radiologist can't tell by a non invasive test, they then have to take some cells out of the suspicious area and send it to a lab. Did you have a mammogram and you are being sent to have an ultrasound? It's scary but so often these turn out to be nothing but a fluid filled cyst. Take care, Sharon

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  • Connie Larson Profile

    How many different Types of Breast Cancer are there?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 3 answers
    • Life is Good! Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      Breastcancer.org is a great resource and explains the different kinds of breast cancer. Keep the questions coming! We are here for you!

      Comment
    • Lou Cam Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Too many

      Comment
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    Has anyone flown with a wig? Has it been an issue with security?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years 3 answers
    • Libby B Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      My mother and I are on vacation now in Las Vegas and she had no trouble at all at the airport.

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    • Traciann brundage Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I haven't but they shouldn't even care . Women have fake hair pieces all the time . I wouldn't worry one bit . Have fun on your trip .

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