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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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  • Kristine Fonseca Profile

    What is the survival rate of Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, Stage 2, Triple Negative and what are the side effects of TAC Chemo treatments?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    over 3 years 4 answers
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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2006

      Hi Kristine I honestly don't have a definite answer for you regarding the survival rate . I have researched and read conflicting answers. I do know that it depends on the type of breast cancer that you are diagnosed with as well as other issues. However, I hope that you are encouraged by...

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      Hi Kristine I honestly don't have a definite answer for you regarding the survival rate . I have researched and read conflicting answers. I do know that it depends on the type of breast cancer that you are diagnosed with as well as other issues. However, I hope that you are encouraged by knowing that I celebrated my 5th year of being cancer free on 8/23/11. I was diagnosed with Triple Negative, Invasive and Stage 2A. I was 52 Yrs old when diagnosed and I am now 58.
      I know that God is in control of all our lives therefore I live my life a day at a time staying focused on what is most important to me and what makes me happy no matter what and that is my family and God. Follow your Dr's Advice:) always have hope, faith and love.
      Stay encouraged and enjoy each and everyday!
      Your Sister of Hope!!

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    • Cindy Rathbun Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Don't get caught up in numbers for "survival rate." If those statistics were important, we might never drive a car! I was diagnosed w Stage 2 Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, Triple Neg in Jan 2008. I had chemo, lumpectomy, and radiation. This past March 2011, I felt a lump in the same...

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      Don't get caught up in numbers for "survival rate." If those statistics were important, we might never drive a car! I was diagnosed w Stage 2 Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, Triple Neg in Jan 2008. I had chemo, lumpectomy, and radiation. This past March 2011, I felt a lump in the same breast...diagnosed DCIS, again TNBC. I elected to have bilateral mastectomy and immediate reconstruction. Post op pathology showed 2 additional types of micro malignant cells waiting to happen. I feel totally at peace with my decision. Life is good. I am back to playing golf and exercising. Yoga and meditation are high priority for staying focused and strong. The path to wellness starts in our own minds...know it, believe it, and you will be better than ever!

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    I have stage 1 BC Ductal Carcinoma invasive on my right breast, I am considering bilateral Mastectomy, I had stage 0 noninvasive cancer in the left breast when I was 39 years old.

    Asked by anonymous

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

      I think a choice of bilateral mastectomy is absolutely worth consideration. It is something to discuss with your oncologist and surgeon. Since you have had a history of BC in your left breast, it is probably the best decision to have a bilateral mastectomy. You can also talk about the...

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      I think a choice of bilateral mastectomy is absolutely worth consideration. It is something to discuss with your oncologist and surgeon. Since you have had a history of BC in your left breast, it is probably the best decision to have a bilateral mastectomy. You can also talk about the possibility of reconstruction too. I had a mastectomy in 2006 and wear a prosthesis which is quite comfortable. In fact, to me, it is so comfy, it feels normal! I It is a personal choice women have to make for themselves. Please keep in contact with us, we care about everybody going through this journey. Take care, and blessings to you.
      Sharon

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I chose a bilateral mastectomy, to me it was a no brainer. I have not had any regrets what so ever. I am now going through my expansion which should be complete in a couple of months. When it is complete I will have a pair of equal sized breast that look the same and I also reduced the chance of...

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      I chose a bilateral mastectomy, to me it was a no brainer. I have not had any regrets what so ever. I am now going through my expansion which should be complete in a couple of months. When it is complete I will have a pair of equal sized breast that look the same and I also reduced the chance of a reoccurrence . Good luck with it all.

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    I have found a hard small pea sized lump deep in my breast near the bone. I'm terrified this is cancer. My doctor said that its nothing to worry about., but still sending me for a scan. I'm so scared I'm only 35.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 2 years 9 answers
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    • Roberta S Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      Don't fear until you know. I'm 35 also do I know what you are feeling right now but just pray and stay calm until you know. If it is bc then you will fight it like the rest of us. So much treatment is out there nowadays. Prayers to u and keep us posted!!! :)

      Comment
    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Go for your scan. It is best to have lumps checked out. For nothing more than peace of mind and a good nights sleep. Even if it isn't cancer it is good to have a base line for the future.

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    I have tingling and numbness in my fingers at night and it prevents a restful nights sleep. Does anyone have the same problem? I finished with all BC treatment two months ago.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 3 years 6 answers
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    • Erin Timlin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Sounds like neuropathy which can affect you long after treatment is over. I believe your oncologist can prescribe something to help. Check it out.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thanks so much , I will ask him on my next visit this week.

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