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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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    Is breast cancer in a second breast seven years after the first a recurrence or a new event?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 1 answer
    • Janelle Strunk Profile
      anonymous
      Family Member or Loved One

      Although breast cancer can recur at any time, most recurrences occur in the first 3-5 years after initial treatment. Breast cancer can come back as a local recurrence (in the treated breast or near the mastectomy scar) or as a distant recurrence somewhere else in the body; therefore, breast...

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      Although breast cancer can recur at any time, most recurrences occur in the first 3-5 years after initial treatment. Breast cancer can come back as a local recurrence (in the treated breast or near the mastectomy scar) or as a distant recurrence somewhere else in the body; therefore, breast cancer in a second breast seven years after the first could be considered a recurrence.

      If you've been treated for breast cancer, you should continue to practice breast self-examination. Be sure to check both the treated area and your other breast each month. Also it is vital to keep your scheduled follow-up appointments with your healthcare provider.

      Hope this helps!

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    when i squeez my breast i feel this hard thing and it its round and hard like a coin can you please tell me what this could be

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 2 years 10 answers
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    • paula gittens Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      You should go to your doctors to be sure. Good luck.

      Comment
    • Life is Good! Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      It is scary to find a mass. 80% of lumps are not cancer, but for peace of mind and to find out what it is, please go to your doctor ASAP! Please let us know the results! We care about you!

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    Chances of surviving two breast tumors?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 4 years 4 answers
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    • Rita Jo Hayes Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      Our chances of survival are unpredicted with or without breast cancer. Having breast cancer sucks, but it does make you a stronger person than you realize and teaches you we all should cheerish each day as it is created for us. Strength, belief, trust in your team/treatment and positive...

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      Our chances of survival are unpredicted with or without breast cancer. Having breast cancer sucks, but it does make you a stronger person than you realize and teaches you we all should cheerish each day as it is created for us. Strength, belief, trust in your team/treatment and positive attitude will bring you the best out come. Prayers being sent your way. Hang in there.

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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I'm ILC stage 3 today I'm cancer free. Tomorrow is a pretty good bet and I have vacation plans for this summer. I live every day leave very little on the table. I would love 40 years but that might not happen. If my cancer comes back I will fight like hell and win.

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  • Francine Williams Profile

    I had to go home with drainage. Does if hurt to have it taken out?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 7 answers
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    • Kathy M Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      It doesn't hurt. You will still be numb. It just feels weird. I just had my last one removed a few days ago. It feels so much better to be free of those things.

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    • Megan Lilley Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had 4 drainage tubes and was terrified to have them taken out! They didn't hurt at all. Like Kathy said, just feels weird. No pain :-).

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