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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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  • 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
    about 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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  • Jenna Denomme Profile

    Does your breast hurt when you have breast cancer? Also is it possible to have breast cancer at an age of 16?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 8 years 3 answers
    • Janelle Strunk Profile
      anonymous
      Family Member or Loved One

      Pain in your breasts can be a symptom of breast cancer, but it is not the most common symptom and can be due to other reasons. Breasts can also be sore or tender when you're growing, before or during your menstrual cycle, or during menopause.
      Although it is not common, there have been reported...

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      Pain in your breasts can be a symptom of breast cancer, but it is not the most common symptom and can be due to other reasons. Breasts can also be sore or tender when you're growing, before or during your menstrual cycle, or during menopause.
      Although it is not common, there have been reported cases of breast cancer in teenagers.

      It is very important that you consult a doctor if you have any concerns.

      Take care!

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    • Cathy Wadkins Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Dear Jenna
      I did not hurt, I didnt even know I even had breast cancer stage 3, I had been laid off for 11months and went to work and petty much found a huge lump that came out of no where.
      That's why I preach to get your mamagrahm to catch it Early and save those lymph nodes.

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  • Sara Palmer Profile

    My sister was diagnosed with Stage 2 triple negative breast cancer. We live in different states at the moment, but what can I do to help and support her through her treatments?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 4 answers
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    • Surf  Momma Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I would recommend sending lots of cards.
      A friend of mine gave me a small gift after every procedure. This was something nice to look forward to each time. Call her often, listen to her fears and worries. It is a rough road but she will remember the sweet touches.

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    • Ali S Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Tell her not to google triple negative. The info is outdated and scared me!!! I'm through 2/3 of my treatment and the little triple negative jerk is gone, chemo works well with it!

      Send her cards each week or more often and write personal messages that you love her, youre thinking of her, etc. ...

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      Tell her not to google triple negative. The info is outdated and scared me!!! I'm through 2/3 of my treatment and the little triple negative jerk is gone, chemo works well with it!

      Send her cards each week or more often and write personal messages that you love her, youre thinking of her, etc. also, little gifts help--like send her something each week or every 2 weeks or something. Comedy books (Tina fey's bossypants was funny, also the S*%! My dad says helped me when I couldn't sleep. Assuming she's having chemo, send her a few scarves and/or hats. Maybe a thin hat for sleeping.

      Gossip, jokes, all that helps too. Don't make every correspondence about cancer bc she wants to feel normal too.

      See if you can help set up a meal calendar among her friends/neighbors/colleagues. Cooked meals made a difference when I was too run down after chemo to cook.
      Best wishes

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  • Chelsea Mace Profile

    How do you know if you have breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 8 years 3 answers
    • judy wilson Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Chelsea,

      There may be no signs at all. Some people say they've had pain or other things, but I didn't. I felt a lump in my breast and didn't think much of it. After a couple of weeks it was still there, so I decided to go see my doctor. The mammogram located it and a biospy confirmed it was...

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      Chelsea,

      There may be no signs at all. Some people say they've had pain or other things, but I didn't. I felt a lump in my breast and didn't think much of it. After a couple of weeks it was still there, so I decided to go see my doctor. The mammogram located it and a biospy confirmed it was cancer.

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    • Latyta Jackson Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      You will know if you have beast cancer when you see a lump.if you see the lump more then a week go see your doctor :)

      Comment

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