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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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  • Tammy Duran Profile

    Just a good laugh. They put blue dye in the lymph node. So when I first went pee after surgery my 30 year old soon asked if I ate "Smurfette". That made me smile as I hope it does others

    Asked by anonymous

    Patient
    about 5 years 6 answers
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    • cris camp Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Yeah it's kind of freaky bc it's a really, really bright blue. It then d

      3 comments
    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Can I steal that line. There is always a need for a giggle on this BC journey.

      Comment
  • Rosemarie Tiburcio Oligo Profile

    what are the stages of breast cancer

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 1 answer
  • Angela R Profile

    I just found out my mom has breast cancer. I want to help her be as comfy as I can.. was wondering if a tote bag of goodies & comfort items would be helpful? I'm just not sure what might come in handy? any input or idea's are greatly appreciated.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 2 years 4 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      You are a very loving daughter! If you live in her area, most important is to accompany her to her consultation appointments. Ale her up a three ring binder to keep all the copies of her test results. She can tape all the office, and Doctor business cards taped on the inside cover of the...

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      You are a very loving daughter! If you live in her area, most important is to accompany her to her consultation appointments. Ale her up a three ring binder to keep all the copies of her test results. She can tape all the office, and Doctor business cards taped on the inside cover of the binder. You can put in dividers marked test results, notes from consultations, any paperwork she receives during her appointments. If she goes through chemotherapy, she will get PDR info. Sheets telling about the drugs. She will carry that binder with her to everything. If she is taking prescription drugs or supplements, every office wants a copy of that. She can make extra copies of those, store them in the bi dear to hand out. You can decorate this binder with cute stickers, pink survivor ribbons, positive statements, pictures of grandkids, etc. Make this special, and it will also be a conversation piece at the many offices. If she goes through chemo., she will need scarves or hats if she doesn't wear a wig.....she will start to lose her hair two weeks after she begins chemo. The American Cancer Society has a website for great head coverings. As for a. Basket of stuff, get her some lip balm, hand cream, pajama's that button up the front mints, there are lots of things she may needs when and if she goes to have chemo. Treatments.....like a very soft, warm small blanket. You will get more suggestions from other women here. Be sure and Google what to get someone going through breast cancer treatment. Mom will be ok, it's a tough go but doable. You are very sweet to think about Moms comfort. Take care, Sharon

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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Sounds like great advice here. I know you said your mom is strong willed. That's a good thing. This isn't all gloom and doom, but it does help to have a positive, go get em attitude. She will be ok. Sometimes it's harder on the caregiver. They want to be needed, to do whatever they can. Don't...

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      Sounds like great advice here. I know you said your mom is strong willed. That's a good thing. This isn't all gloom and doom, but it does help to have a positive, go get em attitude. She will be ok. Sometimes it's harder on the caregiver. They want to be needed, to do whatever they can. Don't take it personally if all she says is 'I'm fine, I don't need you to do anything'. It's usually better just to do for her. Bring them dinner, or take them out to eat. Clean the house. Just be normal. Laugh and joke. Keep us updated on how she is doing. We are all here for you both. Prayers to you.

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  • Thumb avatar default

    90%Nylon 10%Spandex Bras good for wear .... is there any risk for a breast cancer by wearing these kind of a bras for a long time?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 2 answers
    • julie s Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      I don't believe bras cause breast cancer...

      1 comment
    • Roz Potenza Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      I have never heard a credible correlation to breast cancer and bras. Nope. Nothing. Wear one. Don't wear one. Underwire. Au Naturale. Have at it.

      Do get yearly mammograms. Do check yourself in the shower for lumps. Do get something checked RIGHT AWAY if you feel it. Do have a healthy...

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      I have never heard a credible correlation to breast cancer and bras. Nope. Nothing. Wear one. Don't wear one. Underwire. Au Naturale. Have at it.

      Do get yearly mammograms. Do check yourself in the shower for lumps. Do get something checked RIGHT AWAY if you feel it. Do have a healthy life. :)

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