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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

  • Tammy B Profile

    Had an MRI yesterday. This morning I woke up with terrible burning sensation while urinating. Has anyone else experienced this?

    Asked by anonymous

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

      Tammy,
      It could be from the contrast dye. I would drink a LOT of water today. I would also put in a call to the MRI office and tell them. (extra points for drinking cranberry juice).
      Take care, Sharon

      Comment
    • julie s Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      I have had 2 MRIs and have not experiences this but everyone is different- check with your doctor.

      Comment
  • Peggy  McBride  Profile

    i have a dark drainage coming from mmy nipple and its sore and a little puffy why what causes that

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    7 months 4 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Peggy,
      We aren't doctors and can't tell you what it is. All we can do is advise you to get an appointment with your doctor to have this checked. Whenever you have something abnormal, the prudent thing to do is have your doctor take a look. Take care, Sharon

      Comment
    • Mandana K. Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Remaining blood in our body like bleeding from stomach is dark because of mixing blood with oxygen ,well if u have itching,pain ,redness or sore maybe it is from infection overlapping in bleeding or rarely inflammatory breast carcinoma.I highly recommend u to show it to your doctor.I myself had...

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      Remaining blood in our body like bleeding from stomach is dark because of mixing blood with oxygen ,well if u have itching,pain ,redness or sore maybe it is from infection overlapping in bleeding or rarely inflammatory breast carcinoma.I highly recommend u to show it to your doctor.I myself had infection and inflammation near my tumor ,after MRI ,every one thought I had 3 tumor but after mastectomy 2 of them was FCC changes and inflammation with infection and only one of them was malignant tumor,I had my pictures of my left breast redness of it is obvious and at first my tumor surgeon thought it was only abcess formation!!

      Comment
  • Sandra Dakin Profile

    How do they diagnose a stage?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 4 years 1 answer
    • Blair Jenkins Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      Look under Learn about breast cancer at the top of the page - i just watched the video's the other day and the information seemed really thorough - there is a section on staging.

      1 comment
  • Diane Oberholtzer Profile

    What is inflammatory breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 4 years 3 answers
    • Kris Shortridge Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I was dx with inflammatory breast cancer in July 2008. It is always stage 3 or 4. The symptoms are different from breast cancer. It looks

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      anonymous
      Family Member or Loved One

      Inflammatory breast cancer is an aggressive form of cancer that is usually Stage 3 or 4. The videos under "Learn" on this site have some great info about types of breast cancer, including inflammatory breast cancer. Here's the direct link: http://beyondtheshock.com/learn#5/7

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