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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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    What does DCIS stand for?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 1 Patient
    over 4 years 4 answers
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    • Lysa Allison Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      It means the cancer is inside the duct and has not yet gotten out.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      It stands for Ductal Carcinoma In Situ

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    What are the chances of breast cancer coming back after chemo?

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2007
    about 6 years 4 answers
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    • Mary Anne Babicky-Bouton Profile
      anonymous
      stage_4 Patient

      I am 2 1/2 years from last radiation treatment. I had no active cancer at that time, The chemo and radiation was because I was intermediate chance of recurrence.
      I was just diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. It's in lymph nodes, bone and neck. Please ask your oncologist to do pet scan or...

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      I am 2 1/2 years from last radiation treatment. I had no active cancer at that time, The chemo and radiation was because I was intermediate chance of recurrence.
      I was just diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. It's in lymph nodes, bone and neck. Please ask your oncologist to do pet scan or something 1 year after you complete treatment. I just found a lump in my neck but no other symptoms.
      This was not anybody's fault but I wish I had had some kind of scan to check after 1 year.
      Starting oral chemo in two weeks. God bless and good luck!

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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I was told by both my surgeon and oncologist that should there be a reoccurrence it would be within five years.

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  • Tammy B Profile

    Had an MRI yesterday. This morning I woke up with terrible burning sensation while urinating. Has anyone else experienced this?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 4 years 2 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Tammy,
      It could be from the contrast dye. I would drink a LOT of water today. I would also put in a call to the MRI office and tell them. (extra points for drinking cranberry juice).
      Take care, Sharon

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    • julie s Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      I have had 2 MRIs and have not experiences this but everyone is different- check with your doctor.

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    When do I schedule the oncologist?

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 1 answer
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      anonymous
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      Your surgeon should give you a referral to oncologist other wise see you gp

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