loading... close

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.

Related Questions

  • Conny Kutzner Profile

    The masectomy I had was deep, left me with a deep concaved chest. Over the last few days it has suddenly filled out....up anyone else had this?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 5 years 3 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Me too but it stayed that way. It never hurts to check with your surgeon as it sounds like swelling to me.

      1 comment
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Do you still have drainage tubes in? If not it could be a seroma which you don't want to mess with as it can become infected. If it is indeed a seroma and you don't have your drainage tubes any longer they can use a needle and syringe and take it off that way. See your surgeon and see what...

      more

      Do you still have drainage tubes in? If not it could be a seroma which you don't want to mess with as it can become infected. If it is indeed a seroma and you don't have your drainage tubes any longer they can use a needle and syringe and take it off that way. See your surgeon and see what they say.

      2 comments
  • Thumb avatar default

    Is there a cure or treatment for radiation induced brachial plexus neuropathy?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years Answer
  • Alysa Fields Profile

    Is 1.6 centimeters considered large for a breast lump?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 7 answers
    • View all 7 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      There is a lot more than just size that is important. The type of breast cancer, how aggressive the cancer is (grade) whether it is reactive to hormones and how many positive lymph nodes are involved. My friend had a huge tumor but it was non-aggressive. So size isn't everything for sure in...

      more

      There is a lot more than just size that is important. The type of breast cancer, how aggressive the cancer is (grade) whether it is reactive to hormones and how many positive lymph nodes are involved. My friend had a huge tumor but it was non-aggressive. So size isn't everything for sure in breast cancer. Mine was 2.2 cm,
      Take care, Sharon

      Comment
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      That's the reason I ended up doing an MRI as there was a discrepency between the screening mammo, the additional views, and the U/S and they wanted to determine the size before doing anything else.

      Comment
  • Thumb avatar default

    My breast has a lump and is very itchy, is this common? I have mammogram in 4 days and am VERY scared. If this is breast cancer, how soon will they be able to tell me and how long usually until they let me know if it is malignant or benign?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 6 years 4 answers
    • View all 4 answers
    • Lou Cam Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I don't know about the itchiness . After the mamo and sonogram, You might be scheduled for a biopsy. It may be another week or two before your biopsy. you should get the results in no more than a week. Hopefully, your sonogram results will be good, and you might not even need a biopsy

      Comment
    • Thumb avatar default
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      waiting period depends partly on what type of equipment (digital or conventional), and how busy the doctor is, who reads the mammogram

      with my first "questionable" mammogram, first the tech came back and took additional views, then they scooted me immediately down the hall for ultrasound, then...

      more

      waiting period depends partly on what type of equipment (digital or conventional), and how busy the doctor is, who reads the mammogram

      with my first "questionable" mammogram, first the tech came back and took additional views, then they scooted me immediately down the hall for ultrasound, then suggested I wait six months to see if anything developed (this was with the older style of mammo machine, and their waiting period for biopsy was more than a month) --- second time they had new digital system, did the mammo, came back for additional views on one side only; scheduled me for ultrasound a week later, then sent me for biopsy two weeks after that ..

      I'm hoping for you that given it's itching, that it is a cyst and not cancer ...

      2 comments

Educational Video

Personal Story

Related Topics

Looking for another topic?
Use the search box in the top right.

Footer 2

Inspire hope by becoming an advocate for breast cancer prevention.

spread the word