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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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  • Sadie Newlin Profile

    How do you find out if you have breast cancer? Because that runs in my family and I'm scared.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 2 answers
    • Alice Eisele Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      Even if other women in your family have had breast cancer, it does not automaticly mean the BRAC gene is present. Discuss it with your doctor. Dilligence in having your yearly check-ups and also knowing your own body are two of the best things you can do. In additon educate yourself on the...

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      Even if other women in your family have had breast cancer, it does not automaticly mean the BRAC gene is present. Discuss it with your doctor. Dilligence in having your yearly check-ups and also knowing your own body are two of the best things you can do. In additon educate yourself on the signs of breast cancer. The educational material on this site is a great place to start.

      Just because it runs in your family doesn't always mean you will get it, and also some women who don't have a family history do get it. (as in my case)

      Just remember Knowledge is power.

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    • Sarah Adams Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      Knowledge IS power, so I suggest the BRCA gene mutation test. If the mutation is present, it drastically increases your risk. I had a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy

      2 comments
  • renee  lorenz Profile

    My mother recently had breast cancer, am I at risk also?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 4 answers
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    • Ryan Nez Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Probably not it doesn't hurt to get checked. My mon is suffering from a rare form of breast cancer called HR2

      6 comments
    • Diane Lewey Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Has your mother been tested BRAC1 and BRAC2 mutation? The BRAC 1

      Comment
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    hurting under left arm pit & left side of breast, is that related to your breast

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 5 answers
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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Defiantly go to the doctor. Pain always indicates something needs attention. Could be nothing but you want to be sure.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Could be completely nothing, but anything that isn't normal in your breast area/armpit needs to be checked. If breast cancer is found, you need to catch it in its earliest stage.
      Good luck and take care, Sharon

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    Someone close to me had radiation treatment and something involving a needle needle. She is in her early forties. The lump on her chest has a scar about 12 cm long. What is the risk of her dying?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 4 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Not knowing anything about her or her cancer it is difficult to say. She may look as if she is dying because chemo can make you not feel very well. Losing your hair is NOT the look you want to have either! Turn your thinking around about her. Think of this as being a tough time for her while...

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      Not knowing anything about her or her cancer it is difficult to say. She may look as if she is dying because chemo can make you not feel very well. Losing your hair is NOT the look you want to have either! Turn your thinking around about her. Think of this as being a tough time for her while she is going through the treatment. This is helping her get rid of any cancer cells that might be lingering in her body. Don't think of her as if she if going to die, think of her as this is going to help her live a good long life. We are all doing that right here on this board. Be positive for her sake, she needs everyone's support right now. She WILL be ok. Take care, Sharon

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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Can clarify the situation ?

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