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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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  • Melissa Propp Profile

    How long after radiation do I have to wait for reconstruction?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 4 years 2 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Melissa,
      I did not have radiation but part of the decision probably depends on how your skin reacts to the treatments. You can start with your radiation onc. and get referrals to a plastic surgeon and together they probably can give you more guidance. Everyone is different and have varying...

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      Melissa,
      I did not have radiation but part of the decision probably depends on how your skin reacts to the treatments. You can start with your radiation onc. and get referrals to a plastic surgeon and together they probably can give you more guidance. Everyone is different and have varying lengths of healing time. Take care, Sharon

      2 comments
    • Bonnie Irwin Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I finished radiation end of September and should get my reconstruction done November. My plastic surgeon wanted to do it before my skin became too tough.

      1 comment
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    Anyone tried cannabis for your breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    over 1 year 8 answers
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    • Samantha (Admin) Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hi Mary Anne, it seems as if there is a glitch with the anonymous feature. We will be working to resolve this issue asap.

      Comment
    • Mary Anne Babicky-Bouton Profile
      anonymous
      stage_4 Patient

      I don't mean to ask these questions anonymously, my name is Mary Anne and I belong to the sight. I need to find out what I'm doing wrong.

      Comment
  • Lisa Costanza-Ramos Profile

    Are there any type of lumps in the breast that feel squishy from the outside examination?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 1 answer
    • rebekah alkhalifa Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      rebekahalkhalifa@yahoo.com
      Hello...
      I wish you best Compliment of the season,with hope that you are physically and healthly alright,l do believe that this mail will reach in good condition. My name is Rebekah i saw your profile in www.beyondtheshock.com and admire it, i think we can make it...

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      rebekahalkhalifa@yahoo.com
      Hello...
      I wish you best Compliment of the season,with hope that you are physically and healthly alright,l do believe that this mail will reach in good condition. My name is Rebekah i saw your profile in www.beyondtheshock.com and admire it, i think we can make it together, please i would like you to contact me through my email address:( rebekahalkhalifa@yahoo.com ) i will tell you more about myself, also send you my photo,as soon as you contact me back, hopping for your lovely reply soonest,
      Rebekah....

      Comment
  • patsy cross Profile

    This is a wonderful site. Does anyone know of a good site for ovarian cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 4 years 4 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Patsy,
      This is an unusually wonderful site and it just feels like a wonderful group of supportive pals. As for ovarian cancer.... you might Google Ovarian Support Group and try out to see if they make you feel. I hope you can find a site like this one. I can't thank the organizers enough for...

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      Patsy,
      This is an unusually wonderful site and it just feels like a wonderful group of supportive pals. As for ovarian cancer.... you might Google Ovarian Support Group and try out to see if they make you feel. I hope you can find a site like this one. I can't thank the organizers enough for setting it up. It is a Godsend to many. I can tell you a site NOT to join for any healthrelated questions. Hang in there Patsy and take care, Sharon

      Comment
    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      If you can't find one you can hang with us. We all know the roller coaster the cancer journey is. Welcome to the sisterhood we all love but we wish we were not part of.

      Comment

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