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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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    I had breast cancer 10 years ago, I recently noticed on the same breast, I have major pain and the nipple area seems to be unusually larger and scally..very painful throughout the lymph nodes could this be cancer

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 2 years 6 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I bet you already know what you need to do and the sooner the better. It is not unheard of to develop breast cancer for a second time. Any changes in breast tissue should be investigated. No one can say if this is breast cancer without much testing. Please contact your doctor's office...

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      I bet you already know what you need to do and the sooner the better. It is not unheard of to develop breast cancer for a second time. Any changes in breast tissue should be investigated. No one can say if this is breast cancer without much testing. Please contact your doctor's office tomorrow and have this checked asap. Take care, Sharon

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    • Cheryl Wornham Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Can't tell you if it is or isent please go see a dr. to get it checked

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    How can one detect breast cancer early on her own?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 3 years 2 answers
    • vicki e Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      Norma is right about following your gut feeling. Four years ago I found a lump and got a mammogram. Nothing showed up on mammo but a biopsy proved my concern was valid. In february of this year I found a lump under my arm that doctor pooh poohed as nothing. I insisted on further testing and had 9...

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      Norma is right about following your gut feeling. Four years ago I found a lump and got a mammogram. Nothing showed up on mammo but a biopsy proved my concern was valid. In february of this year I found a lump under my arm that doctor pooh poohed as nothing. I insisted on further testing and had 9 positive nodes removed 2 wks later Listen to your gut and be your own best advocate. It's your body.

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    • Norma Johnson Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      You can check your breast often, get mamo when you should and if anything feels funny such as in my case just a funny feeling....let your Dr. Know!

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  • Aleeza Chaudhry Profile

    My mother started Taxol this past Monday. A/C was VERY hard on her but we were hopeful that Taxol was going to be easier. However, her body aches are beyond painful and painkillers dont work. Isn't Taxol supposed to be easier than A/C?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 2 years 4 answers
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    • sharon s Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Not always I'm with your mom. Taxol was worse for me and by five or so days into it and off the pre meds it was determined I was allergic to it they shifted me into taxotare and extended mths pre medication. Bes to her and the team decision.

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    • michelle j Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      The first couple of cycles of Taxol were very painful for me, also. My oncologist said it was because of the combination of the Taxol and the remaining A/C in my system. A couple of weeks in, all of the pain went away and I felt much better.

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  • Sandra Allen Profile

    what isa sentinel node dissection I am having a double mastectomy and my doctor said she would do this before surg

    Asked by anonymous

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

      Sandra,
      Sentinel nodes at the first nodes in the chain of nodes closest to the breasts. If breast cancer has traveled from the original tumor, it lands in the sentinel nodes first. Usually the sentinel nodes end up numbering 2 or 3. I happened to have 5. If they find cancer there, they may...

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      Sandra,
      Sentinel nodes at the first nodes in the chain of nodes closest to the breasts. If breast cancer has traveled from the original tumor, it lands in the sentinel nodes first. Usually the sentinel nodes end up numbering 2 or 3. I happened to have 5. If they find cancer there, they may make the decision to do an axial node dissection which is in the armpits.
      Before your surgeon begins your surgery, they usually order a sentinel node mapping procedure which is an injection that identifies where the nodes are located. Here is a website that help explain it a bit better. You can also look on this site for information as well as Breastcancer.org.
      http://www.breastcancer.org/treatment/surgery/lymph_node_removal/sentinel_dissection
      This is all such foreign territory but we have been there and walked this path. We are all here to help you through it. Hang in there darlin' and take care, Sharon

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    • kim c Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      That's a lymph node they will check for cancer cells to see if the cancer has spread to the lymph system.

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