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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

  • Vickie Dederian Profile

    My expaners hurt all the time. Its hard to sleep at night with the. I take Advil PM, but imwake up multiple times from hot flashes. I cant take hormones because my cancer was Estrogen positive. Any advice?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years 9 answers
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    • Deborah Camacho Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      I have been drinking valerian root tea at bed time. Makes me relax.

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    • Cheri Gray Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      I think we are all in agreement that the expanders are horrible..hopefully it helps to know that you are not alone. I cannot wait to get mine out on July 25th.....I feel like a little kid anxiously awaiting a trip to Disney!! ;-)
      Stay Strong!!
      ps...try using two pillows at night to prop yourself...

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      I think we are all in agreement that the expanders are horrible..hopefully it helps to know that you are not alone. I cannot wait to get mine out on July 25th.....I feel like a little kid anxiously awaiting a trip to Disney!! ;-)
      Stay Strong!!
      ps...try using two pillows at night to prop yourself up, one behind you and one in front w/ your arm over it.

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  • Madison Ware Profile

    Do you get scared if you're diagnosed with breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

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

      Absolutely. Receiving a breast cancer diagnosis is frightening, shocking and confusing ... it turns your world upside down. Suddenly you are facing your own mortality. But life is for living, so you need to shift your focus from the negative to doing whatever you can to be strong in body and...

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      Absolutely. Receiving a breast cancer diagnosis is frightening, shocking and confusing ... it turns your world upside down. Suddenly you are facing your own mortality. But life is for living, so you need to shift your focus from the negative to doing whatever you can to be strong in body and mind. In addition to what the medical profession advises, eat well, exercise, medicate, try complementary therapies - whatever it takes. Remember: God helps those who help themselves. A BC diagnosis is NOT a death sentence, women can and do recover and lead long, healthy lives.

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    • Buster OBuster Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      YES. After my doctor said the C word, I can't remember anything else that was said. That's why you should ALWAYS take an advocate with you at ALL appointments. My advocate was my St Mom.

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  • kim sosa Profile

    I was diagnosed stage 2 possible stage 3A because of lymp node involvement. My doctor said I should live a full life but reading things on the internet tell me otherwise. Any reassurance will help.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 5 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Oh Darlin!
      DO NOT READ THOSE HORROR STORIES! There are many, many, more successful outcomes than awful ones. Your eyes are going to be drawn to the horrible and it won't do you a bit of good except to depress you. "Been there.... done that." I would trust what your doctor says and put on...

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      Oh Darlin!
      DO NOT READ THOSE HORROR STORIES! There are many, many, more successful outcomes than awful ones. Your eyes are going to be drawn to the horrible and it won't do you a bit of good except to depress you. "Been there.... done that." I would trust what your doctor says and put on your big girl pink warrior panties and slap breast cancer in it's sassy face! You are always going to find the most horrendous stories and the most depressing statistics. You are not a statistic, you are a woman who was found to have breast cancer! Big deal.... HA! I also had breast cancer with node involvment, I am in my 5th year and just saw my oncologist last Wednesday. We "high-fived" each other in celebration of another clean check-up. He told me I was doing great and told me not to worry. PLEASE....Kim, your glass is really --half-full-- and heading for all the way full. You will get through your treatment and be ok. You have a bunch of women out there who are alive today because we have received great treatment and have the support of other women who have been treated before us. HANG IN THERE, GIRL! Healing hugs and courage. Do NOT listen to negative stories... there are many more positive ones out there. God's blessings, Sharon

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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Kim, the ladies are right. Don't back attention to the stats online. For one thing....they're not up to date. And another...every woman is different. Only God knows when our time is up. No one else. I was stage 3C when I began my treatment last May. When they went in to do my bilateral mastectomy...

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      Kim, the ladies are right. Don't back attention to the stats online. For one thing....they're not up to date. And another...every woman is different. Only God knows when our time is up. No one else. I was stage 3C when I began my treatment last May. When they went in to do my bilateral mastectomy I had 13 positive lymph nodes. In three of the lymph nodes...the cancer had broken outside the node. It had also spread to my chest wall. After almost a year of treatment...I'm cancer free!!! Take a look at my bio if you'd like. Replace that internet search for survival stats with "uplifting survivor stories"!!!! You can do this Kim!! Lots of hugs, Diana

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  • judy byfield Profile

    is a discharge from the breast indicative of breast cancer. I'm 67 - Had hysterectomy years ago - no hormones

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 2 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Judy,
      Any time you have something out of the ordinary or not normal for you in your breasts it is good to have your doctor check.
      Three warning signs are:
      •Discharge that occurs without squeezing the nipple
      •Discharge that occurs in only one breast
      •Discharge that has blood in it or is...

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      Judy,
      Any time you have something out of the ordinary or not normal for you in your breasts it is good to have your doctor check.
      Three warning signs are:
      •Discharge that occurs without squeezing the nipple
      •Discharge that occurs in only one breast
      •Discharge that has blood in it or is clear (not milky)
      I would get an appointment with your doctor and have it checked out.
      Take care, Sharon

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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I think that's a good reason to visit your doctor. I had a friend who had nipple discharge (age48 )and turned out to be nothing but I would want to check with your doctor to be sure. All my best to you and hope it turns out fine.

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