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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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    Do you have to have a lump to have cancer.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 8 answers
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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I didn't. Like Joan said with mammograms as they are done today things can be seen long before they are felt. I started doing mammos. in the mid 70s while in the Army; I used a regular X-ray machine, cardboard cassettes, and no compression. Fast forward to the late 80s when I started doing...

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      I didn't. Like Joan said with mammograms as they are done today things can be seen long before they are felt. I started doing mammos. in the mid 70s while in the Army; I used a regular X-ray machine, cardboard cassettes, and no compression. Fast forward to the late 80s when I started doing them again and they had machines that were dedicated to doing mammos. only and since then the digital age came in (I never did any this way as I'm now retired from that line of work) but now things are always changing and for the better I might add.

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    • joan jones Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 0 Patient

      No-
      With mammograms today they can detect cancer before it is a " lump" .
      That is why staying " on time" for mammograms is so important to increase early detection .
      Hope your story is an easy one .
      Knowledge= power !
      Best wishes !

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  • anonymous Profile

    How can I best support my loved one with breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 9 years 14 answers
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    • Laura Gaspard Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Tell them how much you love them! Be supportive and encouraging!

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    • Janelle Strunk Profile
      anonymous
      Family Member or Loved One

      By educating yourself about breast cancer, you will be better equipped to understand what your loved one is going through. Learn more about breast cancer here: http://beyondtheshock.com/learn.

      1 comment
  • Susan Fox Profile

    What are the permanent effects of chemotherapy? Friends and I have experienced lasting changes in body systems and functions.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 9 years 5 answers
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2008

      Wow! I just feel like there are so many.
      1. Joint pain and stiffness
      2. Loss of libido
      3. 50 point increase in cholesterol
      4. Severe pain with intercourse.
      5. Sweats - not night sweats. I get hot and sweat more easily now.

      5 comments
    • Mariah Mariah Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2008

      Thanks for sharing. I thought my doctor was just brushing me off when she told me it might be due to the chemo.

      2 comments
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    Is there a spot in your site for mothers who lost her daughter to breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 9 years 2 answers
    • Catherine Nodurft Profile
      anonymous
      Family Member or Loved One

      So sorry about your daughter! I would recommend you visit our online support community at www.MyNBCF.org, it is an amazing support community of breast cancer survivors, friends and family.

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    • Catherine Nodurft Profile
      anonymous
      Family Member or Loved One

      Also, we have a list of support resources at http://breastcan.cr/fZQzP6.

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