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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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  • Christina  Swanson  Profile

    Why would a doctor recommend having a biopsy?

    Asked by anonymous

    Family Member or Loved One
    over 8 years 2 answers
    • Jo Ann Timberlake Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      A doctor will recommend a biopsy if they detect a suspicious place on the breast that they are not able to sufficiently identiy as nonthreatening through such diagnostic procedures as a mammogram or sonigram.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hello every one.
      I'm Christina Brayn. I'm from US-Dallas. I'm am so excited am a Complete woman Again, I Was Infected With Herpes virus since 3 Years now I am devastated and am finding it hard to cope i was emotionally down I Have Been Seriously Praying To God And Searching For Cure.So as I was...

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      Hello every one.
      I'm Christina Brayn. I'm from US-Dallas. I'm am so excited am a Complete woman Again, I Was Infected With Herpes virus since 3 Years now I am devastated and am finding it hard to cope i was emotionally down I Have Been Seriously Praying To God And Searching For Cure.So as I was browsing through the Internet one day, I came across a website that suggested that Dr. IyaryI can help cure any type of virus like Herpes, Hiv/Aids cancer and Asthma…e.t.c And I Contacted Him, He Sent Me A Medicine And Directed Me On How I Will Take The Medicine For 21 Days, I Did So And Went For A Test And My Result Came Out As Negative. I Am So Happy, I Shared Tears Of Happiness And I Have Taken It Upon My Self To Always Testify About How God Used Dr. IyaryI To Solve My Problem. I Am A Clean woman Now, Without Any Virus If You Are Infected With Any Disease Like HIV AIDS, CANCER ,HERPES Or Any Other Disease You Can Also Be Happy Like Me By Contacting Dr. Iyaryi Through His Email driayaryi2012@hotmail.com And also Reach him on WhatsApp Number: +2349057915709 Thanks Dr. Iyaryi driayaryi2012@hotmail.com

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  • Beatrice Pitre Profile

    How do I deal with the anger?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 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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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Hurting yourself is never an answer to anything EVER!!!!!! Put your ample energy into killing the cancer NOT you. Don't feel sorry for yourself uplift yourself with positive energy. Hate cancer not you. You did nothing wrong NOTHING wrong. Fight the cancer and win you can do it.... Be the warrior...

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      Hurting yourself is never an answer to anything EVER!!!!!! Put your ample energy into killing the cancer NOT you. Don't feel sorry for yourself uplift yourself with positive energy. Hate cancer not you. You did nothing wrong NOTHING wrong. Fight the cancer and win you can do it.... Be the warrior you are the world is is less without you here. Hike up your big girl warrior you have a war to win. You and I will have lunch and toast the death of cancer.... I promise you can do this...it is not a death sentence I'm here to prove it...and there are many more like me come get in our line. God Bless your journey

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    My cancer is stage 1, but my grade is a 3, will that change the type of treatment I will have?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 1 answer
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Oh SO many things are looked at for determining treatment. Many more aspects than just stage and grade.... what type of breast cancer, your age, hormone receptors, types of cells etc. those all go into your treatment plan. Cancer treatment is tailored made for each woman's diagnosis. Your...

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      Oh SO many things are looked at for determining treatment. Many more aspects than just stage and grade.... what type of breast cancer, your age, hormone receptors, types of cells etc. those all go into your treatment plan. Cancer treatment is tailored made for each woman's diagnosis. Your individual cells change your treatment from all the other women with breast cancer. Hang in there....This is a great group of women on this site and we'd love to help and support you as you are going through your treatment. Take care, Sharon

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    I will be starting Tamoxifen Monday 14 jan, 2013. May I have the prayers of you ladies, and input what will happen next. I am a bit scared, not knowing what will hit me. Any suggestions are welcome. :) Gentle hugs Radiation Girl

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2B Patient
    almost 7 years 5 answers
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    • Jill Dolton Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Just completed week one on it, day 4 I had a really upset stomach next day found out having a banana helps so I have one with it every morning since and stomach has been good, I've had a little trouble sleeping, lots of dreams! Lol other then that me body gets tingly once in a while bit goes away...

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      Just completed week one on it, day 4 I had a really upset stomach next day found out having a banana helps so I have one with it every morning since and stomach has been good, I've had a little trouble sleeping, lots of dreams! Lol other then that me body gets tingly once in a while bit goes away right away, so nothing serious, I haven't don't the radiation yet I see the radiologist on the 25th, I wish you the best of luck and keep us updated, I check on here a few times a day since I have the app on my phone, take care pink sister

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I just completed my 1st month and no problems at all. I take pills in morning with food. Good luck

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