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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.

Related Questions

  • erin honea Profile

    what would cause a tight pulling felling in right breast

    Asked by anonymous

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

      Erin,
      It is difficult to say but if this is not normal for you, get it checked by your doctor.
      Take care, Sharon

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    • Erin Timlin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Have you had radiation? That causes tightness and changes in the breast tissue and definitely can give a pulling feeling. If you've never had cancer, then maybe see your GYN for a breast exam. Good luck!

      Comment
  • Theresa Hoekstra Profile

    Why are people not talking about Thermology for early detection?

    Asked by anonymous

    Industry Provider
    over 6 years 2 answers
    • Jody  Feil Profile
      anonymous
      Family Member or Loved One

      I think this is a great question? I don't know much about it. Perhaps you can explain what it is?

      3 comments
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      anonymous
      Industry Provider

      Thermology is a diagnostic infrared imaging technique for early detection of breast cancer. It doesn't use any form of radiation and there is no compression of the breasts. The National Cancer Institute website lists it as as able to detect breast cancer earlier than any other modality and it...

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      Thermology is a diagnostic infrared imaging technique for early detection of breast cancer. It doesn't use any form of radiation and there is no compression of the breasts. The National Cancer Institute website lists it as as able to detect breast cancer earlier than any other modality and it has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for almost thirty years. Thermology is based upon characteristic heat patterns caused by the abnormal blood flow of cancer, similar to MRI. There is a great deal of scientific basis for thermology but there are not pervasive standards of practice that assure quality from every facility so it is important to do some research first. Check out the Wikipedia listing and infraredmedicalsolutions.com for more information.

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  • Mary Foti Profile

    My mother's breast cancer recurred and is now stage 4. We are both positive for the BRCA2 mutation. I also had breast cancer in 2010. Does my mother's cancer recurrence mean my cancer will come back, too? We were both stage 1 when we were diagnosed.

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2010
    over 5 years 4 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      That is very unfortunate news and I am sorry to hear it. I don't think it means that your cancer will return but I think it might be an idea to talk to your doctor about the options to help reduce the chance of it reoccurring. It might be an idea to consider a bi lateral mastectomy if you...

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      That is very unfortunate news and I am sorry to hear it. I don't think it means that your cancer will return but I think it might be an idea to talk to your doctor about the options to help reduce the chance of it reoccurring. It might be an idea to consider a bi lateral mastectomy if you haven't already. I have stage 2 IDC and don't have the gene but still chose to have a bilateral for my own peace of mind.

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    • Trish Watt Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Mary, Sorry to hear of the reoccurrence. I never had the test for BRCA2 but I went through 5 years of watching and waiting. The mental roller coaster I was on was more stressful than deciding and having a bi lateral mastectomy. Making that decision literally and physically lifted a big weight off...

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      Mary, Sorry to hear of the reoccurrence. I never had the test for BRCA2 but I went through 5 years of watching and waiting. The mental roller coaster I was on was more stressful than deciding and having a bi lateral mastectomy. Making that decision literally and physically lifted a big weight off of my shoulders. I had Stage I triple negative breast cancer which is a very aggressive type. Having the mastectomy was the best decision I ever made and I don't regret it at all. I'm sure you are younger than I was when diagnosed but who wants that hanging over your head. When you make the decision, and it has to be yours, you'll know it was the light one. Blessing and prayers for your family.

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    I just found out I got breast cancer I dont have money or insurance to pay for surgery what should I do?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 4 years 2 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Perhaps your hospital or imaging center has a patient navigator. They should be able to help you find what you need and they don't charge for their services. I used one more for comfort than anything else but she was there for me, even observed my surgery at the invite of the surgeon whom she...

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      Perhaps your hospital or imaging center has a patient navigator. They should be able to help you find what you need and they don't charge for their services. I used one more for comfort than anything else but she was there for me, even observed my surgery at the invite of the surgeon whom she knows very well. A hospital social worker maybe another resource available.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      check with the state you live in they might have programs for people with serious illnesses. You may also qualify for Medicaid which is a Federal program. I would do what Betti had suggested 1st...they can point you in the right direction. Don't forget about contacting your local American...

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      check with the state you live in they might have programs for people with serious illnesses. You may also qualify for Medicaid which is a Federal program. I would do what Betti had suggested 1st...they can point you in the right direction. Don't forget about contacting your local American Cancer society, they might also direct you. You can also "google" "help for cancer patient no insurance in (enter your state)" You have to hunt for the help....you can do a lot of searching right on the internet. Good luck to you. Take care, Sharon

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