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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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    went to dr. and they did ultrasound they found a heterogeneous hypoechoic circumscribed mass at 3 oclock and a right retroareolar simple cyst. BI-RADS 0. Can anyone please tell me what this means?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 2 years 1 answer
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Lots of women receive unintelligible findings and ask this board to define them. The best place to get the exact information is your doctor. No doubt, one question will lead to another and another. Your doctor would be the best person to talk to and answer all of your questions that might...

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      Lots of women receive unintelligible findings and ask this board to define them. The best place to get the exact information is your doctor. No doubt, one question will lead to another and another. Your doctor would be the best person to talk to and answer all of your questions that might come up. I do know Bi-Rads is a kind of grading system. it goes from 0 to 5. 0 = GOOD!!! Circumscribed COULD be descriping a border of the mass. The mass at 3 o'clock and right retroareoplar is the location on your breast. Simple cyst is also good. The rest of the --BIG WORDS-- I don't have a clue. Call your doctor for your own peace of mind. Take care, Sharon

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  • leslie adkins Profile

    I'm getting blisters on my feet right where I have thick callouses. Doc says to use Epsom salts and rest. Anyone else had this?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 2 years 3 answers
    • Erin Timlin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      It's a common side effect of chemo. I finished almost 7 months ago and the sides of my feet near the soles are still calloused! I had some thick skin, heavy peeling, etc. and while it's better, it's still an issue. I honestly don't know what causes it but I know it's not uncommon.

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    • Carol Cunningham Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I have had blisters and peeling feet since chemo 4 of 6. One heel completely peeled off first level of skin. I finished chemo 6 three weeks ago and feet are still peeling. I don't do anything special to treat them but I did get a pedicure today and I feel better. Good luck and hang in there.

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  • umar draz Profile

    Is Stage 4 breast cancer cureable?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 3 years 4 answers
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    • Lysa Allison Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      The mind is very powerful and your sister must believe she can get better. You must find a doctor that will give you hope. There are people that die from cancer when they are not that sick and people who are cured that are very sick. There are great medications that can help your sister get...

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      The mind is very powerful and your sister must believe she can get better. You must find a doctor that will give you hope. There are people that die from cancer when they are not that sick and people who are cured that are very sick. There are great medications that can help your sister get better or even live for a very long time with cancer. Remember that God loves you and will help and guide you if you ask. God bless you and I will pray for you. Please let us know how your sister progresses.

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    • Martha Phillips Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I too have stage I'v breast cancer no cure yet I have four spots on my bones right now I'm keeping it under control I took radiation now I'm taking zometa and falsodex once a month I'm a believer in Jesus Christ so I think that's why I'm doing so good I've had this for ten months and doing great...

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      I too have stage I'v breast cancer no cure yet I have four spots on my bones right now I'm keeping it under control I took radiation now I'm taking zometa and falsodex once a month I'm a believer in Jesus Christ so I think that's why I'm doing so good I've had this for ten months and doing great a little pain but not bad I take it one day at a time

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    Hey ladies, i've got a question? Are any of you familiar with the drug Diethylstilbestrol (DES). I heard them talking on the news today about it. I got this information from the internet. My mother was given this while pregnant with me.

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 1 Patient
    about 2 years 5 answers
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    • Life is Good! Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      Here are some sites about DES. PLEASE be cautious in reading too much info and adding to the stress or worry that we already have too much of!!! ...

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      Here are some sites about DES. PLEASE be cautious in reading too much info and adding to the stress or worry that we already have too much of!!!

      http://www.cdc.gov/des/consumers/about/concerns_daughters.html

      http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/DES

      http://www.cdc.gov/des/partners/download/DES&BreastCancerFS.pdf

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    • Life is Good! Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      Thanks for the info about DES, Kim. My mom took it when pregnant with me. My first gyn noticed a ridge around my cervix which is a side effect. I also had complicated pregnancies most likely because of the DES exposure. In 2001, I had a partial hysterectomy due in part to prevent uterine...

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      Thanks for the info about DES, Kim. My mom took it when pregnant with me. My first gyn noticed a ridge around my cervix which is a side effect. I also had complicated pregnancies most likely because of the DES exposure. In 2001, I had a partial hysterectomy due in part to prevent uterine cancer, which is also a side effect. It wasn't until after my BC diagnosis in 2003, that I read that DES daughters have a higher risk of breast cancer. I have no family history and think that DES may have contributed, but doctors don't know for sure. I would be interested to hear from women were exposed to DES. Meanwhile, I am trying to live a healthy lifestyle, maintain a positive attitude, and lead a joyful life!!! Cancer does not define me, it really s&*#s,and wish NO one had to experience it, but it has enriched my life as well. I am so thankful for the amazing women on this site!

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