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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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    I have stage 1 BC Ductal Carcinoma invasive on my right breast, I am considering bilateral Mastectomy, I had stage 0 noninvasive cancer in the left breast when I was 39 years old.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 3 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I think a choice of bilateral mastectomy is absolutely worth consideration. It is something to discuss with your oncologist and surgeon. Since you have had a history of BC in your left breast, it is probably the best decision to have a bilateral mastectomy. You can also talk about the...

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      I think a choice of bilateral mastectomy is absolutely worth consideration. It is something to discuss with your oncologist and surgeon. Since you have had a history of BC in your left breast, it is probably the best decision to have a bilateral mastectomy. You can also talk about the possibility of reconstruction too. I had a mastectomy in 2006 and wear a prosthesis which is quite comfortable. In fact, to me, it is so comfy, it feels normal! I It is a personal choice women have to make for themselves. Please keep in contact with us, we care about everybody going through this journey. Take care, and blessings to you.
      Sharon

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I chose a bilateral mastectomy, to me it was a no brainer. I have not had any regrets what so ever. I am now going through my expansion which should be complete in a couple of months. When it is complete I will have a pair of equal sized breast that look the same and I also reduced the chance of...

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      I chose a bilateral mastectomy, to me it was a no brainer. I have not had any regrets what so ever. I am now going through my expansion which should be complete in a couple of months. When it is complete I will have a pair of equal sized breast that look the same and I also reduced the chance of a reoccurrence . Good luck with it all.

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    I have a mass that is 4.5 inches but teh area of concern is 1.8 by 1.2.by 1.1 cm anone else? this is a follow up

    Asked by anonymous

    over 3 years 3 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Could you try your question again. Take care, Sharon

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    • Lou Cam Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Amber, I hope that your doctor will explain this when you get your biopsy results. The numbers do not seem to add up. I know the waiting is so hard, but you really need the results to understand what is going on.

      1 comment
  • Mel sickler Profile

    My nipple started itching and then a red rash appeared. My doctor gave me keflex for it and told me to keep it moistuized and rash cream on it. It started to go away but it still there and it been a week. I have no hotness or swelling

    Asked by anonymous

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

      Mel,
      I would be very watchful of this condition. If it does not get better, go back to your doctor and request a biopsy of that area. I wouldn't wait any longer than a couple of weeks. It is probably nothing but so be on the very safe side, be extra cautious. There is a very, very, rare...

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      Mel,
      I would be very watchful of this condition. If it does not get better, go back to your doctor and request a biopsy of that area. I wouldn't wait any longer than a couple of weeks. It is probably nothing but so be on the very safe side, be extra cautious. There is a very, very, rare aggressive BC (inflammatory breast cancer) that can start out this way. Take care, Sharon

      1 comment
    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      You mught go to a different doctor. My gun is more aware of breast health and the symptoms.

      1 comment
  • Tammy B Profile

    Had an MRI yesterday. This morning I woke up with terrible burning sensation while urinating. Has anyone else experienced this?

    Asked by anonymous

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

      Tammy,
      It could be from the contrast dye. I would drink a LOT of water today. I would also put in a call to the MRI office and tell them. (extra points for drinking cranberry juice).
      Take care, Sharon

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    • julie s Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      I have had 2 MRIs and have not experiences this but everyone is different- check with your doctor.

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