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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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  • Janet Ortiz Profile

    I been having pain on my under arm and right breast for 2 weeks. I had a surgery back on 2007 they found fibro lumps what can I do? Should I go to the doctor.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 3 years 4 answers
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    • Leah Fortune Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Yes go

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Yes, make an appointment and get it checked out to be on the safe side.

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  • Helene LaPoint Profile

    I have been diagnose with metastatic breast cancer which spread to the liver they put me on faslodex shots can any body give me some answers on this idc hormone receptor postive her2 neg

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 4 years 1 answer
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Helene,
      I had the same type of breast cancer.... IDC with the same hormone receptive ER+ PR+ Her2- Your tumor feeds off of hormones.... which is good because there are hormone blocking drugs you can take. From what I read, Faslodex is one of those type of drugs for metastatic breast cancer. ...

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      Helene,
      I had the same type of breast cancer.... IDC with the same hormone receptive ER+ PR+ Her2- Your tumor feeds off of hormones.... which is good because there are hormone blocking drugs you can take. From what I read, Faslodex is one of those type of drugs for metastatic breast cancer. I am just guessing.... but you will probably be on this type of drug and will have scans to see how the liver tumors shrink. If they don't, they will switch you to another type of hormone blocking drug. Many women are on different types of treatments to shrink tumors before they have surgery. What is your doctor saying about your treatment plan? We have a great big family here on this board. We are always sorry to get more members but it is quite a sisterhood of women who have been there, done that. Each woman's treatment is different from another depending on her particular breast cancer cells. Collectively, we try to help support each other. Hang in there, Helene.... You put on those big girl panties and FIGHT LIKE A GIRL!!!
      Take care, Sharon

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    Breast Cancer: I have T1cN0Mx and infiltrating ductal carcinoma grade 2 (richardson's Grading). I have undergone mastectomy. Will I still need further treatment? My ER PR and HER2 reports are awaited

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 2 years 2 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Have you seen an Oncologist&/or Radiation Oncologist yet? They should have done the ER, PR, and Her2 status with the biopsy if you had it done, at least that's when mine was done. My first biopsy showed T1cN0M0 and ER+, PR+, and Her2-. I did a mastectomy, chemo., and rads. even though the...

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      Have you seen an Oncologist&/or Radiation Oncologist yet? They should have done the ER, PR, and Her2 status with the biopsy if you had it done, at least that's when mine was done. My first biopsy showed T1cN0M0 and ER+, PR+, and Her2-. I did a mastectomy, chemo., and rads. even though the lymph nodes removed were all negative.

      5 comments
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      We breast cancer patients spend a lot of time --- waiting--- for test results. I also knew my hormone status with the biopsy. We can't really say if you need further treatment...it depends on a lot of factors. Hopefully, you will soon get your test results. Take care, Sharon

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    my wife was diagnosed from the biopsy and lumpectomy with invasive ductal carcinoma. now diagnosed with primary Poorly differentiated neuroendocrine carcinoma. Are the Neuroendocrine markers usually stained ? This was April of 2013. Thank you,

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 2 years 2 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      We aren't doctors, but we are survivors. It would be in your wife's best interest for you and her to have a consultation appointment to have this information explained as it pertains to your wife's breast cancer. That way, you can have your questions answered in her personal case. Do not be...

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      We aren't doctors, but we are survivors. It would be in your wife's best interest for you and her to have a consultation appointment to have this information explained as it pertains to your wife's breast cancer. That way, you can have your questions answered in her personal case. Do not be shy about asking in depth questions of you don't understand. Breast cancer treatment has come a long way and it is no longer the shotgun approach. It is tailored to individual cells and therefor individual patients. Good luck on her/your journey. Take care, Sharon

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    • Lou Cam Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      That is a very rare type of cancer. Someone on here may have this type, but it is unlikely. As much as we would like to help you, can only suggest finding a specialist. I would suggest going somewhere like MD Anderson , at least for a treatment opinion and plan. Best wishes for her treatment...

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      That is a very rare type of cancer. Someone on here may have this type, but it is unlikely. As much as we would like to help you, can only suggest finding a specialist. I would suggest going somewhere like MD Anderson , at least for a treatment opinion and plan. Best wishes for her treatment and recovery.

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