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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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    has anyone had reconstruction surgery after a mastectomy? If so how was it done? how long did it take to complete? how painful was it? would you do it again?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    almost 4 years 7 answers
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    • shari lind Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had reconstruction same time as my bi lateral mast. I chose the tissue expanders then silicone implants. The expanders were not comfortable and each time they did a fill the more uncomfortable they got. I had them for a year and just recently got my implants in. At

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I think the answers vary based upon what kind of reconstruction you are considering. www.cancersupportcommunity.org just published a new brochure on breast reconstruction that you might find helpful. It's got a great quick reference table in the back that lists the pros and cons of each type...

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      I think the answers vary based upon what kind of reconstruction you are considering. www.cancersupportcommunity.org just published a new brochure on breast reconstruction that you might find helpful. It's got a great quick reference table in the back that lists the pros and cons of each type of reconstruction.

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    what is her two breast cancer?yes i have h.e.r 2 type of breat cancer and have to do months of chemo?

    Asked by anonymous

    about 1 year 3 answers
    • sharon s Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      The her2 types the cancer as agressive. It can have other ways it grows and feeds and that's why some people talk about negative or positive for other things too.

      I was diagnosed triple positive. In march if 2013. Taking the Herceptin is often a long haul. I did 4 rounds of one chemo. 4 of...

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      The her2 types the cancer as agressive. It can have other ways it grows and feeds and that's why some people talk about negative or positive for other things too.

      I was diagnosed triple positive. In march if 2013. Taking the Herceptin is often a long haul. I did 4 rounds of one chemo. 4 of another and 16 of the Herceptin

      Keep leaning toward the goal as you progress. Chart it to conquer it.

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      This site has some good videos covering various things doing with breast cancer, they are easy to understand. Her2 is not a type of breast cancer just a characteristic of the tumor.

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    Is pre-cancerous carcinoma cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 2 years 3 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      That's not a term that I have heard. Carcinoma is the formal word for cancer. If you have a pre-cancerous abnormality you need to have this addressed ASAP. This probably means the cells seen are in the process of turning into cancer and will be cancer in the future. Get this checked.

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I don't think there is such a thing. I know they found a single polyp on my initial colonoscopy and the report said it was "precancerous". When I asked my PCP what that meant she told me if I hadn't had that screening colonoscopy as I had no systems that polyp would have turned into cancer so I...

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      I don't think there is such a thing. I know they found a single polyp on my initial colonoscopy and the report said it was "precancerous". When I asked my PCP what that meant she told me if I hadn't had that screening colonoscopy as I had no systems that polyp would have turned into cancer so I was thankful I had the test done. In fact in thinking about it there is no such thing as precancerous cancer or carcinoma for that matter.

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    I am a one year survivor this month. I started out stage 1 and ended up stage4 because a "tiny" spot was found on my sternum, which is now gone due to radiation. What I don't completely understand is why didn't I have chemo?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 1 answer
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      anonymous
      Family Member or Loved One

      That is a good question for your treating physician. Every situation is different, and therefore should be treated differently. I went to a conference earlier this year and the doctor on the panel suggested that it is almost impossible to even measure treatment data in regards to cancer. He...

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      That is a good question for your treating physician. Every situation is different, and therefore should be treated differently. I went to a conference earlier this year and the doctor on the panel suggested that it is almost impossible to even measure treatment data in regards to cancer. He said we should record data in narrative form when talking about cancer, instead of numbers and facts. This is because cancer is a disease of abnormality in an individual. That abnormality can manifest itself in a number of different ways, and therefore, it requires a unique and individual approach to its treatment. I know this is a long answer, but I hope it helps you open up a dialogue with you and your doctor. They can probably better explain why your treatment journey was different and address your concerns about chemo. I really hope this helps!

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