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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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    What is the general prognosis for stage one triple negative breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 8 years 2 answers
    • Trish Watt Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I was diagnosed with stage one triple negative Breast cancer in 2005. They didn't know much about it back then other than it being an aggressive type of cancer that they usually went at with strong Chemo. A/C and Taxol dose dense which means Chemo every other week for 8 rounds of treatment. I was...

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      I was diagnosed with stage one triple negative Breast cancer in 2005. They didn't know much about it back then other than it being an aggressive type of cancer that they usually went at with strong Chemo. A/C and Taxol dose dense which means Chemo every other week for 8 rounds of treatment. I was treated at Rush Medical Center in Chicago, I don't know where you live but if it's near a big city go to a teaching hospital, they have all the latest treatments. I'm doing great and with all of the anti-nausea drugs they have now I was fortunate NOT to get sick even once but everyone responds differently. To their treatments. Now days they have found that treating Cancer is very specific for each person and they treat you for your needs not based on someone else's response. You are going down a long road of treatment but you will get through. This is a great site to get answers, they didn't even have it 6 years ago so see they are making progress. Stay positive, you are woman, hear us ROAR!

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    • Lysa Allison Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Your prognosis is excellent. I would encourage you to do everything your doctors tell and take excellent care of yourself like eat right and get plenty of sleep. In going through cancer treatment, I realized God loves me and will help me through this. God loves you and will help you too.

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  • vicky kayley Profile

    Last chemo today yipee can not believe how quickly it has gone, start rads on 4th September. The light is getting near x x

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 20 answers
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    • vicky kayley Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thank you all for the lovely comments, I really can not believe how quickly it has gone. Good luck to all still in chemo it will be done before you know it , lots of hugs to all x x

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      YIPPEE!!!! What a great place to be. You made it through the chemo and now on to another step.... closer and closer to the end of your treatment. We are all celebrating with you! Pony-Fur Hugs to you! Sharon

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    Breast lumps on both breasts, sized 3cm, 2.8 0.8 & 0.5 on the ultrasound. I also have a family history of breast cancer - my dad's Aunt. It increases my risk that it's breast cancer. What should I do?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years 6 answers
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    • Lori A Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      You should go to your doctor immediately. Early detection makes a big difference.

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    • Ana Naluh Andrade Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I found the tumor in my left breast 2 years ago, at 42 y.o. Same week I did the ultrasound - we jump the step of mammogram because it was clear where the thing was. With the ultrasound we found 2 more tumors, and the confirmation of being a mass. One more week I had the biopsy. Then surgery - I...

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      I found the tumor in my left breast 2 years ago, at 42 y.o. Same week I did the ultrasound - we jump the step of mammogram because it was clear where the thing was. With the ultrasound we found 2 more tumors, and the confirmation of being a mass. One more week I had the biopsy. Then surgery - I opt for double mastectomy because I had a high risk over 60% to have in the other breast in the future. Best thing I did because in the biopsy post surgery, they did find a tinny tumor on my right breast, still not detectable by any test.
      Started chemo 1 month after surgery. Then had the genetic test done, and I'm BRCA 2 positive - high risk for ovarian cancer. As soon as I finished the chemo, I had a surgery to remove the ovaries. Then did reconstruction, and now I am healthy, happy and with really little risk of reincidence! Easy? No, it was a trip to hell, painful, scary, I still have neuropathy, joint pains and chemo brain. But I wouldn't change any of the steps I took because I'm alive and happy, very happy!!!! My conclusion and answer for you: don't waste time. As soon as you can have the alien removed from your body, better chances for everything to be all right!!

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    Effexor or Lexapro - while taking Tamoxifen. Finished rads *no chemo* anyone have side effects on either one? thank you!

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2B Patient
    over 6 years 5 answers

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