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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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  • Madison Ware Profile

    Do you get scared if you're diagnosed with breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 3 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Absolutely. Receiving a breast cancer diagnosis is frightening, shocking and confusing ... it turns your world upside down. Suddenly you are facing your own mortality. But life is for living, so you need to shift your focus from the negative to doing whatever you can to be strong in body and...

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      Absolutely. Receiving a breast cancer diagnosis is frightening, shocking and confusing ... it turns your world upside down. Suddenly you are facing your own mortality. But life is for living, so you need to shift your focus from the negative to doing whatever you can to be strong in body and mind. In addition to what the medical profession advises, eat well, exercise, medicate, try complementary therapies - whatever it takes. Remember: God helps those who help themselves. A BC diagnosis is NOT a death sentence, women can and do recover and lead long, healthy lives.

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    • Buster OBuster Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      YES. After my doctor said the C word, I can't remember anything else that was said. That's why you should ALWAYS take an advocate with you at ALL appointments. My advocate was my St Mom.

      Comment
  • Tabetha Obannon Profile

    Can people die from breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years 2 answers
    • Brittany Gonzales Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Over time yes you could die from it. My grandma had breast cancer for a year or two and she past last year.

      2 comments
    • David Vianna Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Yeah but nowdays, if you diagnose soon enough, and have the correct treatment, is much more likely to have it cured. My mom had it and treated for almost 2 years, but now she's ok!

      Comment
  • Peter P Profile

    do you believe there should male breast cancer awareness and education programs made available for men and their partners?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 4 answers
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Yes, definitely do! I don't think enough men are aware that they can get breast cancer. And I have read about doctors dismissing their male patients or misdiagnosing them... and then what occurs, is the cancer is found in a late stage. This time of year is the perfect time for people to help...

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      Yes, definitely do! I don't think enough men are aware that they can get breast cancer. And I have read about doctors dismissing their male patients or misdiagnosing them... and then what occurs, is the cancer is found in a late stage. This time of year is the perfect time for people to help bring more awareness by writing an article for your local newspaper, congressman, etc.

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    • Peter P Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thanks Diana. I live in Canada. I found a small lump in my left breast the the week of June. I was operated on September 1, complete mastectomy and Sentinel lymph node. I was advised yesterday that I have to back in 2 weeks for another surgery to remove more lymph nodes. Then chemo and/ or...

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      Thanks Diana. I live in Canada. I found a small lump in my left breast the the week of June. I was operated on September 1, complete mastectomy and Sentinel lymph node. I was advised yesterday that I have to back in 2 weeks for another surgery to remove more lymph nodes. Then chemo and/ or radiation. Very discouraging but i am glad I'm alive.

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  • Edward Smith Profile

    At my post mastectomy consultation, what can I expect? I am stage 1 with no residual tissue and nodes are clean.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 3 answers
    • Betsy Krueger Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I also had my staples taken out at that point. I was amazed that it didn't hurt! Of course there's numbness at the mastectomy site, but this was the first time I realized what that meant. The numbness around the scar is still there, but the area where I have no feeling is smaller.

      This was...

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      I also had my staples taken out at that point. I was amazed that it didn't hurt! Of course there's numbness at the mastectomy site, but this was the first time I realized what that meant. The numbness around the scar is still there, but the area where I have no feeling is smaller.

      This was also the point at which I was handed off to the oncologist to discuss treatment--chemo, radiation. My cancer is DCIS, and I didn't have to have any more treatment. My DCIS had wide margins, and no node involvement.

      Hope it went well for you.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      You may get some further pathology results and the surgeon will check the mastectomy site. Depending on what sort of reconstruction you are having, if any, this will be discussed as well. Good luck

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