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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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    Has anyone lived for ten years with stage 4 breast cancer that went to your bones?

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    over 4 years 1 answer
    • Ana Naluh Andrade Profile
      anonymous
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      I have someone in my support group that is a recurrence stage 4 with metastasis and she's totally ok and under control.

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  • Mary Webb Profile

    Can an mri say if i have cancer for sure?

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    What kind of fruits & vegetables are best to eat during chemo?

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    over 3 years 11 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I LOVED everybody's suggestions! Your taste will change.... eat what you can and drink, drink, drink, plenty of fluids. I developed a craving for greens..... salads, bags of spinach, but lost my taste for chocolate and coffee.
      (Marianne.... --loved-- the rusty pipes and chocolate!!!)
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      I LOVED everybody's suggestions! Your taste will change.... eat what you can and drink, drink, drink, plenty of fluids. I developed a craving for greens..... salads, bags of spinach, but lost my taste for chocolate and coffee.
      (Marianne.... --loved-- the rusty pipes and chocolate!!!)
      Take care, Sharon

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I juiced apples carrots bananas melon with a little organic honey. Some days I would alter the juice. I couldn't eat chicken but loved mozerella cheese. It was kinda like having morning sickness. Hope this helps and sending you best wishes on your journey. Jayme

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  • gima green Profile

    what are your experiences with getting radiation after breast cancer surgery? What were your side effects if any? Did you use a certain cream, oil or vitamin to lesson the effects?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    27 days 5 answers
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    • Mabel Dominguez Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Ask your doctor what they recommend, please be aware that if your immune system is weak radiation will leave you tired drink plenty of water.

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      A lot of women experience some fatigue with radiation treatments. Every place is different in what they recommend their patients use on the skin; mine told me to use pure aloe vera gel and other than being bright red my skin stayed intact. Normally for the last 2 weeks my RT would have...

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      A lot of women experience some fatigue with radiation treatments. Every place is different in what they recommend their patients use on the skin; mine told me to use pure aloe vera gel and other than being bright red my skin stayed intact. Normally for the last 2 weeks my RT would have prescribed an antibiotic cream to use but since I'm allergic to the main ingredient and my skin was intact with no blisters he didn't have me use it.

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