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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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  • 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_4 Patient
    almost 4 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

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    • 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

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  • Rosanna Wieder Profile

    My breast and nipple itch like crazy. Anyone know what I can do to stop it? Am 10 days post lumpectomy and node removal. Is it ok to put anything on them?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2B Patient
    almost 4 years 3 answers
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Whatever you use make sure the doc agrees and there are no open incisions.

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    • Traciann brundage Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      My doctor gave me avenoo baby lotion samples . It helped a ton even with the scars

      Comment
  • Lori Nau Profile

    Are there any other places in the body that tumors can grow that are hormone fed?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 0 Patient
    almost 4 years 2 answers
    • Lori Nau Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 0 Patient

      Other than the breast

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    • Roxann C Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      There is a strong link between breast and ovarian cancer. I highly recommend to all breast cancer patients/survivors to get a yearly CA-125 blood test done with their yearly pap smears. Its the only test right now to help detect ovarian cancer without an MRI.

      3 comments
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    i have stage 1b and grade 3.no lymph nodes involved.is tat good.waiting for oncotype score to c if i need chemo.er pr her2 neg.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 2 years 3 answers
    • Fats ferreira Profile
      anonymous
      Family Member or Loved One

      Hi, my mom had same diagnosis in September 2012.... she had a lumpectomy.... 6 months chemo and then radiation.... being triple negative there no hormone therapy and no Herceptin. .. Herceptin is for her2 positive breast cancer... almost always chemotherapy is the only weapon against tnbc.... you...

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      Hi, my mom had same diagnosis in September 2012.... she had a lumpectomy.... 6 months chemo and then radiation.... being triple negative there no hormone therapy and no Herceptin. .. Herceptin is for her2 positive breast cancer... almost always chemotherapy is the only weapon against tnbc.... you have come to the right place for support and emotional help... for more info on tnbc... join tnbcfoundation... forum for ladies diagnosed with tnbc... all the best and good luck with your journey... You will be ok.... xxxxx

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      The 1B is size of tumor or stage. Grade 3 is aggressive cancer cells. Triple negative is a faster growing cells generally shows up in younger women. It is treated with a drug called Hercepton (I may be spelling it wrong) Here is a website that will give you more information. It was just...

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      The 1B is size of tumor or stage. Grade 3 is aggressive cancer cells. Triple negative is a faster growing cells generally shows up in younger women. It is treated with a drug called Hercepton (I may be spelling it wrong) Here is a website that will give you more information. It was just published as of Jan 2014 for it new info. Lots of women here are in the triple negative camp. You have lots of company. Take care, Sharon

      http://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/diagnosis/trip_neg/behavior

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