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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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    Diagnosed with invasive tubular carcinoma with a more severe invasive lobular carcinoma, what are my treatment options?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 5 years 3 answers
    • Evelyn Heilbrunn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Gosh, treatment options depend on so many factors and usually are different with everyone. You don't mention what Stage your cancer is, but with ITC and ILC I would imagine you'll be in for surgery, radiation, and chemo. Beyond that I really can't say either how long any treatment will last, or...

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      Gosh, treatment options depend on so many factors and usually are different with everyone. You don't mention what Stage your cancer is, but with ITC and ILC I would imagine you'll be in for surgery, radiation, and chemo. Beyond that I really can't say either how long any treatment will last, or what type of surgery you'll have.

      My personal recommendation, and what I did, is to be aggressive. Go for whatever they recommend and push for anything more that is reasonable and that your doctor will agree to. Best of luck to you, and keep us posted!

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Evelyn is so right in everything she has said. There are so many options but the primary ones are surgery to remove the tumor, chemotherapy, and radiation to wipe out any cancer cells that might have escaped from the original site. Those are the big three. It all depends on the individual...

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      Evelyn is so right in everything she has said. There are so many options but the primary ones are surgery to remove the tumor, chemotherapy, and radiation to wipe out any cancer cells that might have escaped from the original site. Those are the big three. It all depends on the individual cells in your type of breast cancer. The treatment is really tailored made just for you. Thankfully, "one size doesn't fit all" when it comes to breast cancer treatment. They really try to target your type that way it is the most effective all the way around. It doesn't matter what type of breast cancer you have, it is a tough, nasty opponent that does not play fair. You have to kick it as hard as you can right now.
      You put on your big girl panties and fight like a real warrior. Hang in there darlin' you have a big sisterhood standing behind you. YOu go girl! May God and His legion of angels go with you! Love and prayers, Sharon

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    Is there a spot in your site for mothers who lost her daughter to breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 2 answers
    • Catherine Nodurft Profile
      anonymous
      Family Member or Loved One

      So sorry about your daughter! I would recommend you visit our online support community at www.MyNBCF.org, it is an amazing support community of breast cancer survivors, friends and family.

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    • Catherine Nodurft Profile
      anonymous
      Family Member or Loved One

      Also, we have a list of support resources at http://breastcan.cr/fZQzP6.

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  • Beatrice Pitre Profile

    How do I deal with the anger?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 4 years 11 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Stage 3 ad vice but a damn it doll. Hit the doll wack the doll. Talk to the doll. Cry a bit then learn and say it could be whole lot worse.

      Cancer is hurting you. Get control and read and listen to the doctors. If I'm not mistaken stage one usually does not have a treatment that is years...

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      Stage 3 ad vice but a damn it doll. Hit the doll wack the doll. Talk to the doll. Cry a bit then learn and say it could be whole lot worse.

      Cancer is hurting you. Get control and read and listen to the doctors. If I'm not mistaken stage one usually does not have a treatment that is years long.
      Be thankful it is not a fast growing or that you caught it early.

      This too will pass but only if you are determined. Plan something to do in six months. Do it. Live for it.

      If you can't be glad about that try being glad about what you're mostly missing. Chemo. Adjuvent therapy. Hormone therapy. Biomodifier and radiation.

      Damn it your not even likely to go bald

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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Beatrice, I was diagnosed as Stage 1 going on four months ago, and I remember how overwhelming it felt during those first few weeks. It seems like so few things are in our control when we're facing cancer, but this IS an opponent that can be beaten. You are stronger than you know, if you will...

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      Beatrice, I was diagnosed as Stage 1 going on four months ago, and I remember how overwhelming it felt during those first few weeks. It seems like so few things are in our control when we're facing cancer, but this IS an opponent that can be beaten. You are stronger than you know, if you will give yourself a chance to see it. :). Take a deep breath and know you don't have to fight this war all at once. Races are run one step at a time, and you will have a whole team supporting you as you take this journey. Educate yourself more as you feel more ready, and be an active part of your treatment team. The more I knew about what was going on with my cancer, the better prepared I felt for whatever procedures had to be done next. You CAN do this, and we are with you!!

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  • Julie Ren Profile

    Do you get breast cancer If you get implants ?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 2 answers
    • Catherine Nodurft Profile
      anonymous
      Family Member or Loved One

      Implants don't cause breast cancer, but they can make it more difficult to detect a lump.

      1 comment
    • Ana Naluh Andrade Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      You don't get breast cancer if you get implants! You don't get BC! it's not contagious! Cancer are malignant cells we all have that for some reason, known and unknown, clumps together and cause the disease.

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