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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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    i had breast cancer a year ago and had 2 lymth nodes remived my breast has swollen and on examination my dicor found lumps could this be the cancer back

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 5 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I'm sorry your nerves are gone. I've gone to bed worried about tomorrow's tests. I'm not sure we ever get out of this thought cycle completely. I can be perfectly fine in denial and then completely devasted the next. I'm also about a year out

      Let's hope we all die of old age in peace....

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      I'm sorry your nerves are gone. I've gone to bed worried about tomorrow's tests. I'm not sure we ever get out of this thought cycle completely. I can be perfectly fine in denial and then completely devasted the next. I'm also about a year out

      Let's hope we all die of old age in peace. I do wish this for us all.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      It is a fear we all live with. I am so sorry you are going through this scary experience. I hope and pray you will be ok and this turns out to be nothing. Take care, Sharon

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    Diagnosed with invasive tubular carcinoma with a more severe invasive lobular carcinoma, what are my treatment options?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years 3 answers
    • Evelyn Heilbrunn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Gosh, treatment options depend on so many factors and usually are different with everyone. You don't mention what Stage your cancer is, but with ITC and ILC I would imagine you'll be in for surgery, radiation, and chemo. Beyond that I really can't say either how long any treatment will last, or...

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      Gosh, treatment options depend on so many factors and usually are different with everyone. You don't mention what Stage your cancer is, but with ITC and ILC I would imagine you'll be in for surgery, radiation, and chemo. Beyond that I really can't say either how long any treatment will last, or what type of surgery you'll have.

      My personal recommendation, and what I did, is to be aggressive. Go for whatever they recommend and push for anything more that is reasonable and that your doctor will agree to. Best of luck to you, and keep us posted!

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Evelyn is so right in everything she has said. There are so many options but the primary ones are surgery to remove the tumor, chemotherapy, and radiation to wipe out any cancer cells that might have escaped from the original site. Those are the big three. It all depends on the individual...

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      Evelyn is so right in everything she has said. There are so many options but the primary ones are surgery to remove the tumor, chemotherapy, and radiation to wipe out any cancer cells that might have escaped from the original site. Those are the big three. It all depends on the individual cells in your type of breast cancer. The treatment is really tailored made just for you. Thankfully, "one size doesn't fit all" when it comes to breast cancer treatment. They really try to target your type that way it is the most effective all the way around. It doesn't matter what type of breast cancer you have, it is a tough, nasty opponent that does not play fair. You have to kick it as hard as you can right now.
      You put on your big girl panties and fight like a real warrior. Hang in there darlin' you have a big sisterhood standing behind you. YOu go girl! May God and His legion of angels go with you! Love and prayers, Sharon

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    I have breast cancer and need financial help with doctor visits

    Asked by anonymous

    almost 5 years 4 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Can you qualify for Medicaid? You can contact a social worker at your local hospital. I also agree with doing a google search for "financial help for breast cancer treatment". I agree with checking the American Cancer Society. Take care, Sharon

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Call the American Cancer Society . Or do a google search . Good luck!

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  • Auburn Locke Profile

    How do I support breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 8 years 3 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      You can also make a donation to nbcf - http://nbcf.org/donate - there are several great foundations out there trying to help educate women on breast cancer.

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    • Kris Shortridge Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hi. You can contact The American Cancer Society to make a donation or to find out about local events in your area for fundraising.

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