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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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    How can one detect breast cancer early on her own?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years Answer
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    Is there always radiation treatment after a lumpectomy?

    Asked by anonymous

    Patient
    over 4 years 12 answers
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    • Kathy Crum Profile
      anonymous
      Family Member or Loved One

      The answer is really not an answer at all but rather what you see as the best options for you and your survival and/or risk factors related to the cancer returning. The standard of care across the board seems to be the surgery to remove, followed by chemo, and then radiation. The type, dosage,...

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      The answer is really not an answer at all but rather what you see as the best options for you and your survival and/or risk factors related to the cancer returning. The standard of care across the board seems to be the surgery to remove, followed by chemo, and then radiation. The type, dosage, and length of treatment has a lot of factors to consider. In the end it is your individual choice to choose what is best for you and the more you educate yourself about the risks vs benefits vs percentage rates of what that treatment is giving you for a chance of survival and to remain cancer free will arm you with the knowledge to ask informed questions to your oncologist and radiation dr about what exactly those benefits of that treatment are. Keep your spirit up and mind informed. Wishing you the best and will be praying for your full recovery.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I am sure there have been some cases but generally speaking, with a lumpectomy comes radiation. You never know if a few cancer cells have taken a hike away the original tumor. Take care, Sharon

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  • Margaret Birkenshaw Profile

    I have found a very very very small dark red incur station on my nipple should I b concerned

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 3 years 2 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Any changes to any part of one's body should be checked by a doctor.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Margaret,
      There is no way we would know if this is a benign change or not. Betti is correct, any changes to your breasts that aren't normal for you should be checked. Take care, Sharon

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    What does T1 cN1 mi MO mean?

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 5 years 4 answers
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    • Laura Cornwell Profile
      anonymous
      Industry Provider

      I think I can interpret this. T1c N1mi M0
      T1c - referring to primary tumor size, it was more than 1 cm in greatest dimension but less than 2 cm.
      N1mi - means they found cancer cells in one to three lymph nodes outside the primary tumor. but mi means micrometastases which means that there were a...

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      I think I can interpret this. T1c N1mi M0
      T1c - referring to primary tumor size, it was more than 1 cm in greatest dimension but less than 2 cm.
      N1mi - means they found cancer cells in one to three lymph nodes outside the primary tumor. but mi means micrometastases which means that there were a relatively small number of cancer cells in the lymph node.
      M0 - means there are no metastases in any other part of the body

      Because it was classified as N1mi instead of regular N1, this would describe a stage IB rather than stage II breast cancer. So worse than stage IA, but better than Stage II.

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    • Elaine Mills Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      Look up "pathology results" on the internet. I got great information from doing that.

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