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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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  • Pankaj Shah Profile

    Gendicine is gene treatment available in China which is supposed to correct P53 gene defect.Is breast cancer related to P53 gene defect only or other genes are also involved?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 4 years 1 answer
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      That sounds like a question for your doctor(s). We aren't doctors just patients or family members having breast cancer.

      Comment
  • Darla Elliott Pruitt Profile

    I completed the AC for IDC breast cancer. 12 treatments of Taxol is next. I Didn't nt want to do taxol. I can't go to the neuropathy in my feet) or chemistry bran or more sore mouth. What is the real risk with 1A breast cancer???

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 1 year 4 answers
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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Your doctor has ordered what they feel is right for your cancer. As to those side effects you may or may not experience them as everyone is different. I did a TC regimen and those were listed as possible side effects with it too but I never had any. Talk with your doctor(s) about your concerns.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      As much as you want answers, we don't have them. If you read through the PDR about any drug on the market, the side effects will blow you over. Just because there are pages of side effect for Taxol, it still does not mean you will suffer those. As Betti says, we are all different. Usually...

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      As much as you want answers, we don't have them. If you read through the PDR about any drug on the market, the side effects will blow you over. Just because there are pages of side effect for Taxol, it still does not mean you will suffer those. As Betti says, we are all different. Usually what will happen, if you start developing the more bothersome side effects, they will discontinue the rest of the treatments. Again, we can't tell you the risk of recurrence for your particular type of breast cancer. You are just looking at one part of your diagnosis at a 1A. There are so many more factors that are now available that put the real meaning of your diagnosis in play. There is grade, hormone status, did you have an onco DX test to see what your chances of recurrence really were? If I were you, I would get a second or third opinion. There is nothing wrong with that. It would give you peace of mind to get more information. You need to talk to another oncologist's opinion outside the practice of your present oncologist. It will help you make better decisions. Please keep us posted. Take care, Sharon

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  • aliza francis Profile

    Could four months of using HRT between April to July 2011 have caused my now diagnosis of breast cancer 12.1.2012?

    Asked by anonymous

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

      Hi Aliza, I'm not a Dr., but in my opinion it wouldn't seem likely that just four months of hrt would be the cause of your cancer. I know hrt can be one of the risk factors along with so many other things. There are people with cancer that don't have any risk factors whatsoever. I had no history...

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      Hi Aliza, I'm not a Dr., but in my opinion it wouldn't seem likely that just four months of hrt would be the cause of your cancer. I know hrt can be one of the risk factors along with so many other things. There are people with cancer that don't have any risk factors whatsoever. I had no history of breast cancer in my family, followed a good diet, exercised, didn't smoke, etc. It's very common to question what caused our cancer. When I was first diagnosed I went over & over in my mind what I might have done to cause my cancer. I finally gave in to the fact that I would never know if there was something I could have done to prevent it and start focusing on my healing. Thoughts & prayers to you in your journey to wellness. Hugs, Diana

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    • aliza francis Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thank you so much for your reply,story. Sounds like you have had an arduous journey with breast cancer and I truly admire your courage and positivity. My journey has just begun, and I would like to keep you informed along the way if that's alright with you. Thank God for daughters and sisters who...

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      Thank you so much for your reply,story. Sounds like you have had an arduous journey with breast cancer and I truly admire your courage and positivity. My journey has just begun, and I would like to keep you informed along the way if that's alright with you. Thank God for daughters and sisters who are right beside and with me as this journey begins and concludes. I pray after all you have been through that life will be extra kind to you now. god bless you. Judy, Alizas Mum.

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  • Katrina Castillon Profile

    Can wearing a bra overnight cause breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 4 answers
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    • Gail Horton Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      No, I have never heard of that,

      1 comment
    • Breanna Dunham Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      No but my doctor said it is good to not wear them at night, it can also affect growth.

      Comment

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