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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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  • Luna Maj Profile

    I'm scared to get cancer, because its such a terrible sickness. I get so emotionel when I watch other people with cancer, what can I do to be less scared?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 2 years 7 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Maybe not post this on here because we are all battling cancer and don't have time to help u feel better for nothing.

      1 comment
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Luna,
      What in the cat-hair are you doing on this site??? Since you are here, I was just like you, terrified I would get breast cancer. HEY! I have had breast cancer, when I found out, I nearly died just from the realization. When it comes to cancer, there is very little we can do except to...

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      Luna,
      What in the cat-hair are you doing on this site??? Since you are here, I was just like you, terrified I would get breast cancer. HEY! I have had breast cancer, when I found out, I nearly died just from the realization. When it comes to cancer, there is very little we can do except to live the cleanest life we can. I did that and STILL got breast cancer. If you ever find you develop breast cancer, you pretty much reach down into your sagging socks and find the courage. I had some bad days during my treatment but it usually isn't as horrific as you are imagining. You do not spend your days and nights living on the bathroom floor because you are so sick. Other than a very few days I took care of 7 horses, went to Christmas parties, went grocery shopping, made dinner, laundry, etc. An absoutely imperative thing you can can do is religiously, perform your monthly self breast checks (that is how I found my cancer) get a yearly mammogram (if you of the age) and it you find something, get it checked. The deal with breast cancer is finding it at an early stage. IF you find a lump that is NOT NORMAL for you, march yourself into your doctor's office and get it checked. Be pro-active. Don't let the fear of the disease kill you. Some women find a lump, make excuses and don't get it checked until the disease ends up in a late stage. Treatment is much more difficult then. One thing breast cancer actually did FOR ME was make me a much stronger, better person. I have to actually thank God for allowing me to have breast cancer. It is not something I would wish on anyone but IF you have the misfortune of having this disease, you find you are a much stronger woman. Remember, most lumps you find are benign. For heaven's sake, don't keep feeding your fear being on this site. Every single woman on this site is a warrior. They are making the best of their battle. We help each other make it through until their treatments are done and they get back to their normal life. Breast cancer is not a death sentence... it is something that happens to some women during their life. We are strong, we deal with it, and go on. If it happened to you.... you would understand what I am talking about. Please don't waste any more time with the fear. Like every woman here.... you would face it, go through the experience and go on with your life. You would find you have the strength of an army.
      Now PLEASE go out and live your life, do your monthly breast checks, and DO NOT torture yourself reading of these struggles. We are fine, we will conquer.
      Take care, Sharon

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  • meg wallace Profile

    What are the recurrence rates for stage 1 breast cancer (treatment with partial mastectomy, chemotherapy, and radiation)?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 3 years 1 answer
    • Kaz Aki Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Everyone is different, everyone's cancer is different.

      Doctors tell me that my stage 1 high grade invasive ductal carcinoma with lumpectomy chemo radiation has an extremely high CURE rate, meaning I will die from some other issue when I am good and really really old, but not from this...

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      Everyone is different, everyone's cancer is different.

      Doctors tell me that my stage 1 high grade invasive ductal carcinoma with lumpectomy chemo radiation has an extremely high CURE rate, meaning I will die from some other issue when I am good and really really old, but not from this breast cancer. That does not mean, however, that I won't get a new and different cancer at some point in my life.

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    What is the life span of someone with Stage 4?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 3 years 3 answers
    • Janelle Strunk Profile
      anonymous
      Family Member or Loved One

      It is difficult to tell with any stage of breast cancer. Some women with stage IV breast cancer live many, many years and others lose the fight too soon. The power of prayer and good physicians and treatment can help extend the life span. I do know that most times when cancer is detected...

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      It is difficult to tell with any stage of breast cancer. Some women with stage IV breast cancer live many, many years and others lose the fight too soon. The power of prayer and good physicians and treatment can help extend the life span. I do know that most times when cancer is detected early, the survival rate is dramatically increased.

      But I know of women with Stage IV breast cancer that have lived years after a diagnosis. I even read about a woman who had lived 17+ years. So, sorry about the ambiguous answer, but there is no set life span. It varies depending on the type of breast cancer and if/where it has spread.

      It's best to keep hope alive!

      1 comment
    • Lokomaikai Liz-t Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      It really depends on where it has metastasized and the type of breast cancer you have - hormone receptors, etc. I was diagnosed with Stage IV, which had spread to my lungs, liver and bones - six years ago. Maintaining a positive attitude and staying spiritually strong in addition to having a...

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      It really depends on where it has metastasized and the type of breast cancer you have - hormone receptors, etc. I was diagnosed with Stage IV, which had spread to my lungs, liver and bones - six years ago. Maintaining a positive attitude and staying spiritually strong in addition to having a great support system and a good oncologist has helped me persevere.

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    I had chemo 2 years ago for stage 3 breast cancer and lost my hair and it came back very thin and with bald spots. Has anyone else had this problem, if so what did you do?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 3 years 3 answers
    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      I haven't had any problems with my hair growing back personally, but I've heard Nioxin shampoo is very good for hair growth after chemo. Have you tried that?

      1 comment
    • Christina Archambault Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      I herd coconut oil works !

      Comment

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