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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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  • Nancy Ries Profile

    A Facebook friend posted this quote yesterday. It is from Carl Jung. "I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to be." Lets all choose to be brave and strong women.

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2011
    about 3 years 3 answers
    • Jk Joyce Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I choose to be cancer free! :)

      Comment
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Oh Nancy.... YOU ARE THE WOMAN OF THE DAY!!! I LOVE this. I truly and absolutely agree with this. We ARE NOT blobs of breast cancer, we have faced the terrifying diagnosis and some pretty tough treatments. We come out the other side much stronger for walking through fire. You just can't help...

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      Oh Nancy.... YOU ARE THE WOMAN OF THE DAY!!! I LOVE this. I truly and absolutely agree with this. We ARE NOT blobs of breast cancer, we have faced the terrifying diagnosis and some pretty tough treatments. We come out the other side much stronger for walking through fire. You just can't help developing some pretty tough calluses for the experience. My thought about the entire thing is you learn you are much tougher than you ever imagined. You can do anything you set your mind to take on. We become Warriors. Thank you again, Nancy for this re-affirming, positive statement.
      Be positive & strong women! Sharon

      1 comment
  • Carrie Bates Profile

    What does a cancerous breast look like on an ultra sound?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 3 years 3 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Carrie,
      Sheesh... I was WRONG.... I found a great site that shows what breast cancer lesions look like on an ultrasound. SO sorry for the former post which I deleted and put this instead. http://www.ultrasound-images.com/breast.htm This site shows many different breast cancers. Keep...

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      Carrie,
      Sheesh... I was WRONG.... I found a great site that shows what breast cancer lesions look like on an ultrasound. SO sorry for the former post which I deleted and put this instead. http://www.ultrasound-images.com/breast.htm This site shows many different breast cancers. Keep scrolling down and you do not have to download any special "viewer". Take care, Sharon

      2 comments
    • melissa perlman Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Cysts look like black circles. Breast tissue white and linear. All the tissue looks like it's going in the same direction. Masses tend to be grey and quite irregular. Almost like scribble scrabble. The more irregular, More chance it's cancer.

      Comment
  • sabrina ramos Profile

    i have tiny marble like bump inside both breast my left breast has become painful what could be the cause of this pain im having

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 2 years 3 answers
    • Cheryl Wornham Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Got to the Dr. have he or she check it out

      Comment
    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Have it checked out. It's better safe than sorry. Any lumps or changes should be looked at.

      1 comment
  • Cherita Lynn  Profile

    I have a dark discharge in my left breast should I be concerned?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    10 months 5 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Cherita, anytime you have something going on that is not normal it is always best to check with your doctor. Please make an appointment. We can't tell what is going on, it takes your doctor and possibly some testing to correctly diagnose this. Take care, Sharon

      1 comment
    • Cheryl Wornham Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Any changes with your breast you should make a Drs appointment

      Comment

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