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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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    I was just diagnosed and I am devastated! I went to Sloan Kettering and they told me that the area where the (ductal carcinoma in situ) on my breast is very large and that a lumpectomy will leave me deformed.…… HELP?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 2 years 10 answers
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    • Gillian Ashworth Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had a similar situation, but I eventually opted for a double mastectomy with reconstruction bc I felt better removing all tissue from both breast even though I had a small tumor in only one. I have no regrets. Take one day at a time and breath. I was diagnosed last October at 32 with a 6 month...

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      I had a similar situation, but I eventually opted for a double mastectomy with reconstruction bc I felt better removing all tissue from both breast even though I had a small tumor in only one. I have no regrets. Take one day at a time and breath. I was diagnosed last October at 32 with a 6 month old baby...I felt like my world was closing in on me. It didn't...and here I am after treatment feeling better every day & genuinely ok and at peace with all that's happened. The beginning is the hardest, as soon as you have a plan in place you'll feel better. My heart really goes out to you. I know how shocking it all feels. I'm actually going to Sloan Kettering next month to meet with an oncologist for another opinion & to follow me as I'll be in NYC a lot this year. Any insight on SK would be appreciated....only when/if you have time. Sending lots of love & positive vibes your way.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      It takes you a while to absorb all of the information that is coming at you. I, too, could have chosen to have a lumpectomy and would have been left deformed. I would also have had to endure 6 weeks of radiation and chemo. I chose to have a mastectomy and then I could skip the radiation part....

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      It takes you a while to absorb all of the information that is coming at you. I, too, could have chosen to have a lumpectomy and would have been left deformed. I would also have had to endure 6 weeks of radiation and chemo. I chose to have a mastectomy and then I could skip the radiation part. No matter, what you decide, your body is not going to be the same. It is just so much to take in right now. All the testing and the waiting.... the waiting..... We all understand your feeling of shock, we have all been there. Be sure to take your spouse, a family member, a best friend along with you while you are having consultation appointments. Either tape the meetings or have a friend take notes. There are going to be parts of the conversation you won't remember. I wouldn't spend a lot of time on the internet trying to find out about breast cancer. I did this and was sure I was headed for the grave. Turns out I was reading about cancer that wasn't even my type. You have been diagnosed with the most common form of breast cancer. It is "in situ" which means it is somewhat contained..... YIPPEE! Some of those big breast cancer can be some of the least lethel... As for the deformity, plastic surgeons can repair you. I would say, try to calm down, you are going to die. You will go through treatment like all of us do. It's not fun but you will learn a bunch from it and be a pillar of strength after its over. You will be ok. Hang in there, this is about the worst time for you and your mental status. Once you get further into it, you will feel better. Take care, Sharon

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    What does DCIS stand for?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 1 Patient
    over 4 years 4 answers
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    • Lysa Allison Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      It means the cancer is inside the duct and has not yet gotten out.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      It stands for Ductal Carcinoma In Situ

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    I had breast cancer stage 3b now I have a solid nodule on my thyroid. What does this mean?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 2 answers
    • Surf  Momma Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Go and see an endocrinologist to find out!

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    • Teri Braa Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I am recently thru with chemo and radiation for stage 3a. They just found 7 nodules on my thyroid. 2 are 1" big. I had a thyroid biopsy last week and it was negative. The endocrinologist said there is a less than 2% chance it's related to the BC. It is apparently very common but you should def...

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      I am recently thru with chemo and radiation for stage 3a. They just found 7 nodules on my thyroid. 2 are 1" big. I had a thyroid biopsy last week and it was negative. The endocrinologist said there is a less than 2% chance it's related to the BC. It is apparently very common but you should def have it checked out.

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    Can anyone tell me something about Stage 1 cancer? I know someone...

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 1 Patient
    over 4 years 6 answers
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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Your a survivor .... that's awesome !!!!!!!

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    • Cheryl Wornham Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      That's great!!!!

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