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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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    Am getting pain during period ,dat time my breast s increases I feel like dat ...is dis breast cancer symptom,

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 4 years 1 answer
    • Mandana K. Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      What age u r? If this problem is repeat every months I do not think it is due to cancer ,it is hormonal.If u have intolerable pain may be u have some benign masses in your breasts ,therefore I recommend u to check it with your doctor.If u r under 35 years old it is better to check them with US.

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    What has been your experiences with arimidex? Not sure I want to take. It. Tumor size 4mm stage 1, invasive ductal. Please advise.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 8 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I am in my last year of Femara and feel extremely lucky to have had a type of breast cancer that was ER+ PR+ Her2- There are drugs that can lower the hormones my breast cancer fed off of. You are also lucky to have this type of breast cancer. Plenty of women on this board so not have this...

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      I am in my last year of Femara and feel extremely lucky to have had a type of breast cancer that was ER+ PR+ Her2- There are drugs that can lower the hormones my breast cancer fed off of. You are also lucky to have this type of breast cancer. Plenty of women on this board so not have this option as they don't have the type of cancer that would benefit from this type of treatment. When I was diagnosed, my oncologist --ran the numbers-- and taking this hormone blocking drug upped my percentages of life by a bunch. I urge you to make this decision with the same seriousness as the other procedure to rid yourself of this tough opponent. You have such a early stage cancer, but you will be stopping your treatment before it has been completed. You probably feel like you have done enough.
      I can assure you, if you follow through with your decision, and you have a reoccurrence, you can't go back and have a do-over.
      Although there are no guarantee's, this is your golden opportunity to get rid of this monster, and starve any lingering cancer cells of nourishment. Take care, Sharon

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    • Life is Good! Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      I took it for five years with minimal side effects. It is extra insurance! Good luck with your decision.

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  • Gladys Castro Profile

    What if you have a lump on your breast does that mean you have breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 1 answer
    • Ana Naluh Andrade Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Not necessarily! Could be a cyst, but you don't want to take the risk, so contact your dr immediately because as earlier we have the diagnostic, easier will be to fight it!!

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  • Madisyn Poulsen Profile

    I am fourteen and I have what looks like a second nipple on one of my breasts, it's a hard lump. Should I go get it checked out? Is it possible I might have breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 6 answers
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    • Nikol Vega Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I would absolutely get it checked out, better safe than sorry.

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    • Myles Digby Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      It is extremely rare for someone your age to develop breast cancer, but it wouldn't hurt to have your doctor check it out, to give you peace of mind.

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