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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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  • Sandi Harris Profile

    what can I do to reduce swelling and tightness 11-5 bi lateral mastectomy with expanders, 12-3 had expanders removed drains came out last Friday but still have stitches

    Asked by anonymous

    Patient
    over 6 years 3 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Sandi, that's normal. I actually had my expanders during chemo so I completely understand. I'm About to do radiation on Wednesday and I still have my expanders. I'm also having my portal removed tomorrow. God bless u and Praying for you.

      3 comments
    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      I'm kinda confused, you had a bilateral mastectomy in Nov, then in Dec you had the expanders taken out? Then drains removed after that? Was there a problem with the expanders? Why did you have them removed? As far as pain & swelling, that's normal. You've had a major surgery. Take it easy & rest....

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      I'm kinda confused, you had a bilateral mastectomy in Nov, then in Dec you had the expanders taken out? Then drains removed after that? Was there a problem with the expanders? Why did you have them removed? As far as pain & swelling, that's normal. You've had a major surgery. Take it easy & rest. Prayers to you.

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  • judy byfield Profile

    is a discharge from the breast indicative of breast cancer. I'm 67 - Had hysterectomy years ago - no hormones

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years 2 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Judy,
      Any time you have something out of the ordinary or not normal for you in your breasts it is good to have your doctor check.
      Three warning signs are:
      •Discharge that occurs without squeezing the nipple
      •Discharge that occurs in only one breast
      •Discharge that has blood in it or is...

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      Judy,
      Any time you have something out of the ordinary or not normal for you in your breasts it is good to have your doctor check.
      Three warning signs are:
      •Discharge that occurs without squeezing the nipple
      •Discharge that occurs in only one breast
      •Discharge that has blood in it or is clear (not milky)
      I would get an appointment with your doctor and have it checked out.
      Take care, Sharon

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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I think that's a good reason to visit your doctor. I had a friend who had nipple discharge (age48 )and turned out to be nothing but I would want to check with your doctor to be sure. All my best to you and hope it turns out fine.

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    I am wondering if anyone has had persistent fatigue after breast cancer, radiation and taking Tamoxifen 20 mg? I am 3 years out and have to nap every day! I sometimes feel like the radiation destroyed me!

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years 16 answers
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    • Buster OBuster Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      7 month survivor, radiation, no chemo, taking arimidex. Fatigue has been the worse side effect.

      4 comments
    • Kim Flackey Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      I hear you! I go to bed at about 8 pm every night and am still exhausted when I get up. I do get out and exercise and I have heard that the more you exercise, the more energy you feel like you have. Do you think it's the chemo drugs? I am wondering if that's what it is? When you read about the...

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      I hear you! I go to bed at about 8 pm every night and am still exhausted when I get up. I do get out and exercise and I have heard that the more you exercise, the more energy you feel like you have. Do you think it's the chemo drugs? I am wondering if that's what it is? When you read about the exhaustion, you can't really wrap your head around it until you have it. Did your brain go, too? I feel like I have a hard time focusing and remembering, too, after radiation. God bless you and keep you safe!

      17 comments
  • Tom Schink Profile

    My mom just got diagnosed with breast cancer (early Stage 2) and is extremely worried that she will lose her job. First, what's the likelihood of that and second, how can I try to calm this fear?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 2 answers
    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Hi Tom, I'm sorry to hear about your Mom. There are laws to protect your Mom so she won't lose her job. Tell her to go to her human resources dept. at work and file FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) papers. Her Dr. will have to fill out his part of the paperwork. This will protect her when she has...

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      Hi Tom, I'm sorry to hear about your Mom. There are laws to protect your Mom so she won't lose her job. Tell her to go to her human resources dept. at work and file FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) papers. Her Dr. will have to fill out his part of the paperwork. This will protect her when she has to take off work for treatment. She should also inquire about any disability benefits her employer might offer. Best wishes to you and your Mom

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    • Ali S Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I agree with Diana. It's definitely against the law to fire someone if she has cancer.

      Keep in mind, she might be scared in general and just not voicing it because it's really hard to. I worried a lot about missing work, when really, I was scared I was going to die. There are probably ...

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      I agree with Diana. It's definitely against the law to fire someone if she has cancer.

      Keep in mind, she might be scared in general and just not voicing it because it's really hard to. I worried a lot about missing work, when really, I was scared I was going to die. There are probably deeper fears under this one about work. Not that you need to pry them outta her, but remind her she needs to take care of herself, that you're there to listen, and that you'll take her to anyone else she wants to talk to, including a support group.
      Best wishes.

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