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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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    Awesome blog by one of us. She's an inspiration. http://lisabadams.com/

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2012
    over 5 years 2 answers
    • jan bursky Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thank you. I highly recommend this. Definitely worth reading.

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    • Lisa G Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Thank you for the info..it was really helpful..take care

      Comment
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    when i squeez my breast i feel this hard thing and it its round and hard like a coin can you please tell me what this could be

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 3 years 10 answers
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    • paula gittens Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      You should go to your doctors to be sure. Good luck.

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    • Life is Good! Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      It is scary to find a mass. 80% of lumps are not cancer, but for peace of mind and to find out what it is, please go to your doctor ASAP! Please let us know the results! We care about you!

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  • Carla Victor-rawson Profile

    Just got my Oncotype test results back... It's a 5 . What does this mean to my prognosis? ILC stage 1b 0.3 cm grade 1 with LCIS had lumpectomy and 2 nodes removed 1 had a micro something in it doctor said he got good clean margins and no cancer left...

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 8 answers
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      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      I wasn't offered an oncotype test. How did you get one?

      2 comments
    • Evelyn Heilbrunn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Interestingly, I just went to my doctor for a 3-month check up and we were talking about oncotypes. I had Stage 2 invasive, and my oncotype was high so there was no question about chemo.
      However, a neighbor who is seeing the same doctor had DCIS with a high oncotype. When talking to my doctor...

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      Interestingly, I just went to my doctor for a 3-month check up and we were talking about oncotypes. I had Stage 2 invasive, and my oncotype was high so there was no question about chemo.
      However, a neighbor who is seeing the same doctor had DCIS with a high oncotype. When talking to my doctor about it today, he said that the oncotype for invasive vs. the oncotype for DCIS indicate different treatments. If it's high and invasive, the analysis is for chemo. If it's DCIS and high, the analysis is for radiation.
      Just an interesting tidbit I never knew. Either way you look at it though, a 5 is great. Best of luck to you!

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  • Laura Gaspard Profile

    What Kind Of Impact Does Stress Have On Breast Cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 6 answers
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    • Kim Flackey Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      I have to say that I do believe stress is a huge factor in my getting breast cancer. My husband and I lost our company, then our jobs and then our home in 2009. I kept telling him that one of us were going to get cancer because of all the stress. And sure enough I was diagnosed on July 23, 2010...

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      I have to say that I do believe stress is a huge factor in my getting breast cancer. My husband and I lost our company, then our jobs and then our home in 2009. I kept telling him that one of us were going to get cancer because of all the stress. And sure enough I was diagnosed on July 23, 2010 with Stage 1B breast cancer.

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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Although some studies have shown that factors such as traumatic events and losses can alter immune system functions, these studies have not provided any evidence of a direct cause-and-effect relationship between stress and breast cancer. An area currently being studied is whether or not stress...

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      Although some studies have shown that factors such as traumatic events and losses can alter immune system functions, these studies have not provided any evidence of a direct cause-and-effect relationship between stress and breast cancer. An area currently being studied is whether or not stress reduction can improve immune response and slow progression in women diagnosed with breast cancer.

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