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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

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    Has anyone considered a breast reduction after breast cancer and lumpectomy?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 1 answer
    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I had a lumpectomy on my right breast which left me lop-sided. I was able to have a breast reduction on the other side so I am now balanced again. It was a good decision and I am happy I did it. If you are considering it, make sure you get a surgeon who has done many of these procedures.

      Comment
  • Margaret Birkenshaw Profile

    I have found a very very very small dark red incur station on my nipple should I b concerned

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 5 years 2 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Any changes to any part of one's body should be checked by a doctor.

      Comment
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Margaret,
      There is no way we would know if this is a benign change or not. Betti is correct, any changes to your breasts that aren't normal for you should be checked. Take care, Sharon

      Comment
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    My cancer is stage 1, but my grade is a 3, will that change the type of treatment I will have?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years 1 answer
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Oh SO many things are looked at for determining treatment. Many more aspects than just stage and grade.... what type of breast cancer, your age, hormone receptors, types of cells etc. those all go into your treatment plan. Cancer treatment is tailored made for each woman's diagnosis. Your...

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      Oh SO many things are looked at for determining treatment. Many more aspects than just stage and grade.... what type of breast cancer, your age, hormone receptors, types of cells etc. those all go into your treatment plan. Cancer treatment is tailored made for each woman's diagnosis. Your individual cells change your treatment from all the other women with breast cancer. Hang in there....This is a great group of women on this site and we'd love to help and support you as you are going through your treatment. Take care, Sharon

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  • Tara Odonnell Profile

    I have a lump, sometimes it's locally painful, but sometimes I can't feel it.do tumors change size

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 5 years 2 answers
    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Tumors grow, not shrink. Usually not painful. If you have a lump, get it tested. Prayers to you.

      Comment
    • Lou Cam Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I did have minor pain with my tumor. You need to go to your doctor and have a physical exam. Probably you will also be sent for a mammo or ultrasound. There is not a way, without further testing, to know if this is a cyst or cancer.

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