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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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    For those of you who answered my post: my name has been listed on my posts as 'Florida Philly and I just found where and how to change it. My name is Phyllis. Sorry for the confusion.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    3 months 1 answer
    • kerrie wilson Profile
      anonymous
      stage_3c Patient

      I live in Cape Coral Florida where in Florida are you ?

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    I have stage one estrogen positive breast cancer. What is the prognosis?

    Asked by anonymous

    almost 6 years 4 answers
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    • Connie Herrick Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Your prognosis should be very good. What does your doctor say? Have you had any treatment yet? How old are you?

      I was diagnosed with Stage 2A breast cancer last April. I was also estrogen positive, and the tumor was fast-growing. I had a lumpectomy, and the tumor size was 3 centimeters. I...

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      Your prognosis should be very good. What does your doctor say? Have you had any treatment yet? How old are you?

      I was diagnosed with Stage 2A breast cancer last April. I was also estrogen positive, and the tumor was fast-growing. I had a lumpectomy, and the tumor size was 3 centimeters. I had 2 lymph nodes removed, and they were negative. So I had 4 chemo treatments, and 33 radiation treatments. Both were very tolerable. I am now on an estrogen-blocking pill that I will take for 5 years, since estrogen feeds breast cancer, this will help lessen my chances of it coming back. I plan to live to a ripe old age! I try to eat healthy and get plenty of exercise.

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    • Lori Murray Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hi!
      I have/had estrogen positive also, from what I understand it is one of the very treatable forms. Mine is actually stage 4 since it went to a "tiny" area of my sternum which was radiated and now clear:)...my treatment is working very well and my scans have been clear since I started. I had...

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      Hi!
      I have/had estrogen positive also, from what I understand it is one of the very treatable forms. Mine is actually stage 4 since it went to a "tiny" area of my sternum which was radiated and now clear:)...my treatment is working very well and my scans have been clear since I started. I had my ovaries shut down with a lupron injection,eventually removed. I also take letrozole which stops any other estrogen that may be around. I am doing very well now, I think you have great hope...hang in there and try and take it step by step...it is a lot of information to process at once...Be well...xx

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  • Olina  Lucas  Profile

    what does cancer look like on an ultrasound?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 3 years 3 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      My cancer was stage 0. It was detected in microcalcifications which means I never had a lump. I had tiny cluster of microscopic dots. What u see after tapping a pencil point on paper. We all have these in our breast but when they cluster it causes suspicion. Dr said wait 3 months we will...

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      My cancer was stage 0. It was detected in microcalcifications which means I never had a lump. I had tiny cluster of microscopic dots. What u see after tapping a pencil point on paper. We all have these in our breast but when they cluster it causes suspicion. Dr said wait 3 months we will check again for changes or biopsy now just to b on safe side. I said no biopsy & I'm glad I did they were cancerous.

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Microcalcifications aren't usually seen on U/S as they are too small, larger ones may though. There are several things they look for on U/S to say if a biopsy is needed or not. I had an area of "assymetric" breast tissue seen on my mammo. that also showed on my U/S and that's what they biopsied...

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      Microcalcifications aren't usually seen on U/S as they are too small, larger ones may though. There are several things they look for on U/S to say if a biopsy is needed or not. I had an area of "assymetric" breast tissue seen on my mammo. that also showed on my U/S and that's what they biopsied with U/S guidance as according to the Radiologist that would be the easiest and cheapest for me. Actually the way I had to be positioned for my U/S guided biopsy I could watch the screen and knew somewhat what I was looking at since I used to do U/S studies. I saw that he actually captured one calcification as I had 2 areas right next to each other; the one "assymetric" looking tissue and an area of microcalcifications. He had to do more than the usual number of specimen captures as my dense breast tissue pushed the needle away from the area he was trying to get. The report showed IDC with a component of DCIS which would have been that 2nd area with calcifications but we biopsied that area too by stereotactic means and it proved to be all DCIS. A 3rd area was found on surgical pathology but was never mentioned on all my tests so not sure where it was located in relationship to the other 2 next to each other.

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  • Martha  Phillips Profile

    Has anyone lived for ten years with stage 4 breast cancer that went to your bones?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 1 answer
    • Ana Naluh Andrade Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I have someone in my support group that is a recurrence stage 4 with metastasis and she's totally ok and under control.

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