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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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  • Yashmira Devine Profile

    Had a bilateral mastectomy 5 weeks ago and feel numbness on my right arm down to the tips of my fingers. Anyone have a similar experience? What should I do?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 1 Patient
    almost 4 years 4 answers
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    • Elaine Mills Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      Wow.... you are the seventh person I have run into that had this happen also. I think... and this is just a THINK, that our bodies are made like wound rubber bands, and when that God-made construction is interrupted it causes problems. I had a double mastectomy, and my husband tells me I...

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      Wow.... you are the seventh person I have run into that had this happen also. I think... and this is just a THINK, that our bodies are made like wound rubber bands, and when that God-made construction is interrupted it causes problems. I had a double mastectomy, and my husband tells me I complained of the numbness within a few days, although I don't remember that early on. Just recently, I had a nerve study done that said I "all of the sudden developed carpal tunnel." I NEVER had carpal tunnel problems before the surgery. I have very strong and healthy hands as a musician. I was reduced to not being able to play my instruments or hold on to a dish without potentially dropping and breaking it.

      I fought having surgery on my hands, because the pain was all the way up my arms, and my right one would wake me with crazy pain. I eventually talked to my breast surgeon, who was also a hand specialist, and he prescribed Neurontin, which saved my life! I also had to succomb to the surgery. Right hand done and improving, and left hand scheduled for a few weeks out.

      Best wishes for all you have to go through. THis disease sucks, as does every thing that goes along with it. Please let me know how you do! I pray you don't have to go through an additional surgery. We have a facebook page called, "We Are Sisters" that is for survivors only. I have found it to be a sweet support. Joann Pearsall leads the page, and she is a Godsend.

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    • Rita Jo Hayes Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      I had major numbness down to my elbow. With self physical therapy exercises they sent home with me eventually limited up to just my under arm. I had 12 nodes removed. If you are taking chemo it can cause numbness. I had major numbness in my fingers and toes from the chemo. Ask your Ono team....

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      I had major numbness down to my elbow. With self physical therapy exercises they sent home with me eventually limited up to just my under arm. I had 12 nodes removed. If you are taking chemo it can cause numbness. I had major numbness in my fingers and toes from the chemo. Ask your Ono team. I felt lucky to just have the numbness as I did not have problems with lymphadema. Good luck.

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  • aliza francis Profile

    Could four months of using HRT between April to July 2011 have caused my now diagnosis of breast cancer 12.1.2012?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 4 years 4 answers
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Hi Aliza, I'm not a Dr., but in my opinion it wouldn't seem likely that just four months of hrt would be the cause of your cancer. I know hrt can be one of the risk factors along with so many other things. There are people with cancer that don't have any risk factors whatsoever. I had no history...

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      Hi Aliza, I'm not a Dr., but in my opinion it wouldn't seem likely that just four months of hrt would be the cause of your cancer. I know hrt can be one of the risk factors along with so many other things. There are people with cancer that don't have any risk factors whatsoever. I had no history of breast cancer in my family, followed a good diet, exercised, didn't smoke, etc. It's very common to question what caused our cancer. When I was first diagnosed I went over & over in my mind what I might have done to cause my cancer. I finally gave in to the fact that I would never know if there was something I could have done to prevent it and start focusing on my healing. Thoughts & prayers to you in your journey to wellness. Hugs, Diana

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    • aliza francis Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thank you so much for your reply,story. Sounds like you have had an arduous journey with breast cancer and I truly admire your courage and positivity. My journey has just begun, and I would like to keep you informed along the way if that's alright with you. Thank God for daughters and sisters who...

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      Thank you so much for your reply,story. Sounds like you have had an arduous journey with breast cancer and I truly admire your courage and positivity. My journey has just begun, and I would like to keep you informed along the way if that's alright with you. Thank God for daughters and sisters who are right beside and with me as this journey begins and concludes. I pray after all you have been through that life will be extra kind to you now. god bless you. Judy, Alizas Mum.

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  • Annette Price Profile

    Are different types of beast cancer related to ages ina womans life

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 3 years 6 answers
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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      No, any age, any race, male or female can get breast cancer. Prayers to you.

      Comment
    • sharon s Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      No cell division had nothing to
      Do with age

      Comment
  • anonymous Profile

    cough after radiation

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2B Patient
    over 2 years 6 answers
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    • Leah Fortune Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      I just read your bio. Sorry you have to go thru this. I think if you give up on some of the anger you will be happier. Good luck acceptance

      1 comment
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      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      I have had radiation at the end of 2012 - 2013 a cough started, right after 6 months. I went to Dr. had x-rays, d-dimer test etc... I think it's radiation cough, anyone else experience this?
      thanks,
      Radiation Girl

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