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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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  • sherry draine Profile

    how often shoild a women perform a breast self examination at home?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 1 year 4 answers
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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Once a month.

      Comment
    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      I got used to doing it while in the shower so I wouldn't forget monthly. Don't forget during your period, your breasts can have changes so keep that in mind if you feel a lump, it just may be swollen glands. Prayers to you.

      Comment
  • Christina  Swanson  Profile

    Why would a doctor recommend having a biopsy?

    Asked by anonymous

    Family Member or Loved One
    over 3 years 1 answer
    • Jo Ann Timberlake Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      A doctor will recommend a biopsy if they detect a suspicious place on the breast that they are not able to sufficiently identiy as nonthreatening through such diagnostic procedures as a mammogram or sonigram.

      Comment
  • Madison Lamentola Profile

    What's the survival rate of breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 3 years 4 answers
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    • Amanda Metivier Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      The rate actually depends on the stage and course of treatment. It can be as high as 90%

      1 comment
    • Hannah B Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      There is a 90% survival rate

      1 comment
  • Alysa Fields Profile

    Is 1.6 centimeters considered large for a breast lump?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 1 year 7 answers
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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      That's the reason I ended up doing an MRI as there was a discrepency between the screening mammo, the additional views, and the U/S and they wanted to determine the size before doing anything else.

      Comment
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      There is a lot more than just size that is important. The type of breast cancer, how aggressive the cancer is (grade) whether it is reactive to hormones and how many positive lymph nodes are involved. My friend had a huge tumor but it was non-aggressive. So size isn't everything for sure in...

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      There is a lot more than just size that is important. The type of breast cancer, how aggressive the cancer is (grade) whether it is reactive to hormones and how many positive lymph nodes are involved. My friend had a huge tumor but it was non-aggressive. So size isn't everything for sure in breast cancer. Mine was 2.2 cm,
      Take care, Sharon

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