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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 is the best clothing to wear after surgery

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 4 years 6 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I wore a special loose camisole made from really soft cotton. It had two small pockets to hold the small drain resevoirs. It also had a pocket where some soft padding could be place that gave the appearance of having a breast (I had a mastectomy). My insurance paid for it. I wore it until my...

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      I wore a special loose camisole made from really soft cotton. It had two small pockets to hold the small drain resevoirs. It also had a pocket where some soft padding could be place that gave the appearance of having a breast (I had a mastectomy). My insurance paid for it. I wore it until my drains were removed. I have heard of other women where something different but this is just my experience. I didn't have any trouble raising my arms but there are some women that do, so you would want something that fastened in front. Others will will check in here and let you know. Hang in there, darlin'
      take care, Sharon

      2 comments
    • Lisa S Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Also wear button down tops so you don't have to lift your arms.

      1 comment
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    what is a noggell

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 5 years 2 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Anonymous,
      I think you need to check the spelling because I sure don't have a clue. What is this in reference to in regards to breast cancer?
      Sharon

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    • Elaine Mills Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      If this is the word you are trying to spell, I think nodule?

      Comment
  • Patricia D Farber Profile

    Where can I get a free mammogram?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 6 years 4 answers
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    • Catherine Nodurft Profile
      anonymous
      Family Member or Loved One

      The National Breast Cancer Foundation has a National Mammography Program that provides mammograms to women in need. You can find a list of hospitals with programs that assist those needing diagnostic services through our partner site at http://breastcan.cr/hPWowD.

      2 comments
    • Kelly Smith Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 3B Patient

      It depends on your location. In Illinois we have the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program 888-522-1282. If not in Illinois you can try contacting your local health department or even try the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345 and maybe they can direct you. Start by looking...

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      It depends on your location. In Illinois we have the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program 888-522-1282. If not in Illinois you can try contacting your local health department or even try the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345 and maybe they can direct you. Start by looking online for resources in your area.

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  • Marlene Gulliford Profile

    My radiologist told me during my ultrasound that the lump in my breast looks suspicious and that it looks to be cancer. Do you think there is a possibility that he could be wrong with his diagnosis? Due to have a core biopsy on Tuesday.

    Asked by anonymous

    Patient
    over 1 year 7 answers
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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      If you're not sure seek another opinion. I had 2 areas that looked suspicious 3 years ago that hadn't been seen previously. I had a biopsy of one area that was indeed a cancer and we elected to biopsy the other area next to it a couple of weeks later and it too was a cancer but a different...

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      If you're not sure seek another opinion. I had 2 areas that looked suspicious 3 years ago that hadn't been seen previously. I had a biopsy of one area that was indeed a cancer and we elected to biopsy the other area next to it a couple of weeks later and it too was a cancer but a different type. Radiologists have special training in reading X-rays, etc. and yes at times they can be wrong but if he is recommending a biopsy I'd have it done. Take care and keep us posted, Betti

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      It's not for sure until they do a biopsy. The radiologist who did my ultrasound told me chances were, my biopsy would come back as cancer and she was right. My lump was very firm, irregular shaped and had a bumpy feeling to it. I already knew it was cancer from the 1st time I felt it. It was...

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      It's not for sure until they do a biopsy. The radiologist who did my ultrasound told me chances were, my biopsy would come back as cancer and she was right. My lump was very firm, irregular shaped and had a bumpy feeling to it. I already knew it was cancer from the 1st time I felt it. It was so weird. On the ultrasound the shape was very irregular and I watched as she took various measurements. Even when I got "The Call" it was still a terrible shock. I went on to have treatment and am alive and well 8 years later. Hang in there and take care, please keep in touch with us. Sharon

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