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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.

Related Questions

  • Cheryl Wornham Profile

    Can you still get breast cancer when taking tamoxifen?

    Asked by anonymous

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

      Cheryl,
      Unfortunately, you can....maybe not the same kind but it is not out of the realm of possibility to develop a different type of breast cancer or also have a recurrance.
      Bummer! Sharon

      1 comment
    • Cheryl Wornham Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thanks Sharon

      Comment
  • Francine Williams Profile

    I had to go home with drainage. Does if hurt to have it taken out?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 3 years 7 answers
    • View all 7 answers
    • Kathy M Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      It doesn't hurt. You will still be numb. It just feels weird. I just had my last one removed a few days ago. It feels so much better to be free of those things.

      Comment
    • Megan Lilley Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had 4 drainage tubes and was terrified to have them taken out! They didn't hurt at all. Like Kathy said, just feels weird. No pain :-).

      Comment
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    I am wondering if anyone has had persistent fatigue after breast cancer, radiation and taking Tamoxifen 20 mg? I am 3 years out and have to nap every day! I sometimes feel like the radiation destroyed me!

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 4 years 8 answers
    • View all 8 answers
    • Buster OBuster Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      7 month survivor, radiation, no chemo, taking arimidex. Fatigue has been the worse side effect.

      4 comments
    • marcie nance Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I am on my third year after chemo and radiation. Had stage 2 BC. I am on tamoxifen and Effexor. let me tell you the Effexor gives me more energy than I can handle. Had to get the dosage corrected a couple of times. I highly recommend it if you are tired all the time. Don't even feel like I went...

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      I am on my third year after chemo and radiation. Had stage 2 BC. I am on tamoxifen and Effexor. let me tell you the Effexor gives me more energy than I can handle. Had to get the dosage corrected a couple of times. I highly recommend it if you are tired all the time. Don't even feel like I went through radiation or chemo. I am blessed with the best oncologist in Georgia !

      4 comments
  • Mary Anne Babicky-Bouton Profile

    Just diagnosed, having lumpectomy on the 13th. What is really bothering me is "How on earth am I ever going to pay for all of this!" I hope I don't offend anyone, but I'm scared to death.

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 1 Patient
    about 2 years 8 answers
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    • Rita Jo Hayes Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      You will not offend anyone here. We are all in this together on a road to recover or maintain. This site is a life saver to vent, inspire, seek for support, strength and advice. The other ladies will come thru with some ideas for you. They have great insight and experience. You have earned the...

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      You will not offend anyone here. We are all in this together on a road to recover or maintain. This site is a life saver to vent, inspire, seek for support, strength and advice. The other ladies will come thru with some ideas for you. They have great insight and experience. You have earned the right to be scared. It is a tough row to hoe, but with strength, support, and positive belief it can be tackled. There are some ladies here from CA and will have some insite as to where to get some help. You need to focus on healing. Prayers coming your way. Rita Jo

      2 comments
    • jacqueline ortega Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      I have no insurance, I applied for Medicaid. I don't care if I owe a billion dollars they can have what I can give them. It just money. Focus on the task at hand which is removing the beast and making sure it's all gone and never comes back. Give the hospital $5 a month as long as you have your...

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      I have no insurance, I applied for Medicaid. I don't care if I owe a billion dollars they can have what I can give them. It just money. Focus on the task at hand which is removing the beast and making sure it's all gone and never comes back. Give the hospital $5 a month as long as you have your life. Relive yourself of that stress. Good luck

      1 comment

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