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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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    breast are to large and dense for radiation. anyone heard of this.mascectomy only option.please help

    Asked by anonymous

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

      I agree. Get a second opinion. Prayers to you.

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    • stacie s Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I'm a 36H and had radiation after lumpectomy with no issue. I'd definitely get another opinion.

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  • roshan mohta Profile

    my girl frnd mother is with breast cancer.. does that mean she will also have.. secondly she had a lump in her breast during her teenage.. it has been removed. does this has any relation to cancer

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 2 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Roshan,
      I think you are asking if she can be cured of breast cancer. It all depends on the type of breast cancer, stage, grade, etc. Hopefully, this was found in an early stage and it will be successfully treated and cured.
      As for her having a lump when she was a teenager, it may or may not...

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      Roshan,
      I think you are asking if she can be cured of breast cancer. It all depends on the type of breast cancer, stage, grade, etc. Hopefully, this was found in an early stage and it will be successfully treated and cured.
      As for her having a lump when she was a teenager, it may or may not have anything to do in predicting she would have cancer in her future. There a many more lumps in women's breasts that turn out to be benign than turn out to be cancer. If a woman turns up with breast cancer later in life after having a lump removed as a teen, you might say it was a predictor. If she had that lump removed and never got breast cancer you could say it doesn't have anything to so with future breast cancer.
      No one really knows what causes breast cancer. Some can be a genetic component but the majority.... nobody really knows what flips the switch and makes cells divide wildly and turn into cancer. Take care, Sharon

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    • leslie adkins Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      My mom had breast cancer. I have it. Because she had it, it was a blessing for me, because knowing I had a high risk, I kept up on my mammos, self check, etc. and the survival rate is higher for folks like me, for those same reasons.

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    Is there a link between having a breast infection during nursing and years later developing DCIS or IDC? I am curious because this has happened to me and wonder if anyone else has made the connection.

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2009
    about 8 years 3 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Funny you ask this question. The same thing happened to me. Left breast infection while breast feeding and DCIS in left breast. Interesting....

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    • Robin Bailey Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Me too! I got many infections while nursing my son to 11 mos. He's 19 now and I've got Dcis!

      Comment
  • Dec.25,2013 December Profile

    Found a pretty big lump on my right breast. What are the chances it being cancerous?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 10 answers
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    • Leah Fortune Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      I wanted to chime in on the comment about why we were all here. Because unfortunately we are the 1 we are the 20 percent. Most women are not going to be on this site until they are diagnosed. So many women are shy and do not post. If I only had fibrous breasts or a cyst I more than likely would...

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      I wanted to chime in on the comment about why we were all here. Because unfortunately we are the 1 we are the 20 percent. Most women are not going to be on this site until they are diagnosed. So many women are shy and do not post. If I only had fibrous breasts or a cyst I more than likely would of never found this site. I'm here to learn to encourage and give my experience. It's okay to be upset with the cancer diagnosis , we do have more private forums for when we are mad and angry . For a newly diagnosed and not diagnosed we want to guide them properly so they will come back and have a safe place, not scare them away.

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      You need to see your doctor so they can check it. They may order some imaging studies, too. Please do see a doctor.

      Comment

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