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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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  • alison white Profile

    What is the survival rate for stage 4 when it has spread to the bones?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years 1 answer
    • Susan Green Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      Alison, please go to the CTCA website where you can chat with a professional who deals with all types of cancer care and treatments. They were very helpful to me when I was first diagnosed. I was diagnosed with stage 2a, so can not give you an educated answer, as I believe they can. There are...

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      Alison, please go to the CTCA website where you can chat with a professional who deals with all types of cancer care and treatments. They were very helpful to me when I was first diagnosed. I was diagnosed with stage 2a, so can not give you an educated answer, as I believe they can. There are also some really great women on this site who have been through a lot of different cancers and treatments who may also help. Good luck to you! I hope someone can help you!

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  • Aleeza Chaudhry Profile

    My mom has about two more months of chemo, five weeks of radiation, and five years of tamoxifen left for her treatment. She keeps asking when her life and body will go back to normal. Any idea of when her body will start recovering after chemo/radiation?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 4 answers
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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      After chemo an rad it took my body almost 2-1/2 months. I wish I could say sooner but it was almost at the 3 month mark.
      Praying hers is much sooner. Tell her to hang in there. It will get better. For now take advantage and rest.
      God, water, walk in that order and u can survive anything.

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      anonymous
      Stage 3C Patient

      She's in the worst of it right now and it can be discouraging. I am 4 months post chemo and 8 weeks post radiation and I am feeling pretty good, but at night I am still physically exhausted.
      She will develop a new level of normal after all this. Once chemo is over keep her busy with family things...

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      She's in the worst of it right now and it can be discouraging. I am 4 months post chemo and 8 weeks post radiation and I am feeling pretty good, but at night I am still physically exhausted.
      She will develop a new level of normal after all this. Once chemo is over keep her busy with family things and things she used to do. It will really help.

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  • Tykera Campbell Profile

    What can I do to set up a fundraiser and committee to help raise money for patients with breast cancer and help find a cure?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 1 answer
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    i have stage 1 invasive ductual carcinoma gyn oncoligist recommed my ovaries be removed due to estraogen is making the cancer grow i am 46

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 7 answers
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    • jc lin Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      I will have my ovaries re,over next year after I complete my treatment. I am stage 3. I have three beautiful kids, remove my ovaries is not an issue, I was told it will cut down the recurrence rate for me. Good luck.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      If you do not feel comfortable with this recommendation, please seek a second opinion. Whenever you receive a diagnosis that is a darn big deal, I think it is always best to have another doctor evaluate a treatment plan. It is difficult to say what should take place without knowing all about...

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      If you do not feel comfortable with this recommendation, please seek a second opinion. Whenever you receive a diagnosis that is a darn big deal, I think it is always best to have another doctor evaluate a treatment plan. It is difficult to say what should take place without knowing all about your case. There are so many things that go into making a treatment decision. The type, stage, grade and ER, PR, Her2 status is critical. You may have the type of numbers that just yell "Yatze!" (get those ovaries out of there)
      I would definately get a second opinion. Take care, Sharon

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