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Conclusion

 
Conclusion

Chapter: 7 - Conclusion

Subchapter: 1 - Conclusion

The first step down this new road is learning about your diagnosis and treatment options, which you have done by watching Beyond the Shock®. Embarking on this journey requires you to not only be informed, but also to realize that you don’t have to face this alone.

Family, friends, and other breast cancer patients are your shield and safety net, carefully knit together to strengthen you. Alongside them, your triumphs over new hills will be celebrated; your struggles through new valleys endured. They can help you see past the shadows, reminding you that each step–each moment–is precious. Leaning on them for emotional and physical needs isn’t a sign of weakness, but rather a kind of healing for you and for them.

Beyond the Shock® is more than just videos; it is an online community of women around the world who are wrestling with similar emotions, questions, decisions, experiences, and fears.
You can ask questions and give answers. You can watch stories of hope and share your own.

Beyond the shock of breast cancer, there is still life.

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    My recently diagnosed 40yr old sister-in-law doesn't want my help. We live 30 miles away and only see her a few times a year. Her church and neighbors are supportive. Any suggestions on how to be there for her?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 4 answers
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    • Betsy Chapin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      How to help? One thing about breast cancer is that it can be a long process between surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. I know when I was going through treatment, I didn't want help either and I didn't want people hovering over me because I was determined not to be a patient. However people...

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      How to help? One thing about breast cancer is that it can be a long process between surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. I know when I was going through treatment, I didn't want help either and I didn't want people hovering over me because I was determined not to be a patient. However people comforted me in many ways. My sisters who lived out of town, checked in with me weekly by phone or email, they sent care packages during the weeks I had chemotherapy with books, warm fuzzy socks, and sometimes sent flowers. My friends were determined to cook for me, but I was dreading being bombarded with visitors when I felt miserable. So I placed a cooler outside my door and they all took turns delivering food for my family when I could not function. One place I looked forward to having visitors was the chemotherapy room because I needed to sit there for a few hours and I was usually feeling quite well on those days. Some friends and family also drove me to radiation as it was an hours drive away. And then there were cards and notes in the mail that to this day I still read as I look back on how people helped me when I never wanted help, but that is what got me through the most difficult time in my life. I am thankful that so many people found a way to care. My thoughts are with you and your sister- in-law and I know you will find your own way to help her. Take care!

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    • Jennifer Jackson Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I agree with all of the above. Never underestimate the power of prayer. I recently experienced a very bad cancer scare, and felt comforted through the prayers of others.

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  • Ali S Profile

    How do I go about telling someone, that I'm newly dating, that I was getting breast cancer treatment?

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2011
    over 6 years 1 answer
    • Brooke Lancaster Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      I'm curious on this question too. I am 33 and single. I would love to be able to date again, but I am afraid to talk about my Breast Cancer with a future suitor. I think with me it's a physical insecurity I'm going thru right now. I'm almost done with chemo, so I keep telling myself once I'm done...

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      I'm curious on this question too. I am 33 and single. I would love to be able to date again, but I am afraid to talk about my Breast Cancer with a future suitor. I think with me it's a physical insecurity I'm going thru right now. I'm almost done with chemo, so I keep telling myself once I'm done with treatment and dell like myself again.

      For you, wait to talk about it for when you feel the most comfortable. I'm sure he will be there for you thru this time. What treatment are you going thru at this time? Best wishes.

      Brooke

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    My throat is soar...they said it might get like that due to radiating my lymph nodes..."If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything."

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 3 answers
    • Erin Timlin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Norma, do they have your head positioned in such a way that your throat is out of the way as much as possible? I also had my super clav area radiated and when they positioned me initially they made sure my head was turned to the left (rads on right side) and that's the way they shaped my...

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      Norma, do they have your head positioned in such a way that your throat is out of the way as much as possible? I also had my super clav area radiated and when they positioned me initially they made sure my head was turned to the left (rads on right side) and that's the way they shaped my pillow. They try and get your throat positioned so it's not affected. I did have a slight sore throat at one point, but it didn't last. However, if it persists for you then you need to tell someone and make sure your positioning is correct. Good luck!

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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      That happened to me........the doctor and the techs had me(they were radiating my right breast) turn my head to the left. It lifted my throat out of the way. I turned my head almost 90 degrees to the left. It worked untill itworked ensure and popsicles.

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  • kate robinson Profile

    How do you live with the fear of reoccurence?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 2 answers
    • Betsy Chapin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      Try not to go there. You have so much life ahead of you. Live each day to its fullest. Don't let cancer take away anymore of your life.

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    • Cathy Wadkins Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Dear Kate,
      Your faith hold on to it and don't claim it, if you beleive god got you through this and you know god spared you give the lord thanks. I told my husband I'm at peace because he spared me and people will bring you down so fast. I had horrible things said to me but I know they have...

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      Dear Kate,
      Your faith hold on to it and don't claim it, if you beleive god got you through this and you know god spared you give the lord thanks. I told my husband I'm at peace because he spared me and people will bring you down so fast. I had horrible things said to me but I know they have little faith, I told my husband if my cancer ever come back and I knew I was going to die with it that I had come to the understanding that was the way god was going to take me home.So live your day to the fullest and be happy because we are here for now and it is gods will not ours

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