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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.

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    I found a hard pea size lump in my left breast in the areola. I had a normal mammogram in July 2013. I am 46 and over weight. An ultrasound scheduled for tomorrow morning but I am scared. Could this be cancer if I just had the normal mammogram?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 5 answers
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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      You have made the wise choice to call it to your doctor's attention and have an U/S. Prayers headed your way, Betti

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    • Lou Cam Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      You are doing the right thing by getting this checked. There is no way to tell without testing, if this is benign or not. An ultrasound, or even a biopsy, can give you a clearer picture of what you are dealing with. It is normal to be scared . The not knowing and the waiting can be very hard....

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      You are doing the right thing by getting this checked. There is no way to tell without testing, if this is benign or not. An ultrasound, or even a biopsy, can give you a clearer picture of what you are dealing with. It is normal to be scared . The not knowing and the waiting can be very hard.

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    Am getting breast pain during period ,dat time my breast s increases I feel like dat ...is dis breast cancer symptom,

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 2 answers
    • Rikki Leigh Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Wow, sorry, I didn't finish before it threw it right up there.

      As I was saying... Lol... A simple breast examination can be done right in the office by your doctor. They will determine if more testing is needed or if you're perfectly fine.

      Good luck to you!

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    • Rikki Leigh Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Monthly pain in your breasts is perfectly normal and is caused by hormonal changes. I never had breast pain during menstruation until the last year or two. Now it feels like I have painful water balloons strapped to my chest. It is because as we age, we have many hormonal changes that can...

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      Monthly pain in your breasts is perfectly normal and is caused by hormonal changes. I never had breast pain during menstruation until the last year or two. Now it feels like I have painful water balloons strapped to my chest. It is because as we age, we have many hormonal changes that can honestly become bothersome.

      However, I would never want to discourage you from talking to a doctor about your concerns. I encourage that greatly in this case. Sometimes a medical professional can set our mind at ease with a sumpl

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    I had breast cancer 10 years ago, I recently noticed on the same breast, I have major pain and the nipple area seems to be unusually larger and scally..very painful throughout the lymph nodes could this be cancer

    Asked by anonymous

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

      I bet you already know what you need to do and the sooner the better. It is not unheard of to develop breast cancer for a second time. Any changes in breast tissue should be investigated. No one can say if this is breast cancer without much testing. Please contact your doctor's office...

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      I bet you already know what you need to do and the sooner the better. It is not unheard of to develop breast cancer for a second time. Any changes in breast tissue should be investigated. No one can say if this is breast cancer without much testing. Please contact your doctor's office tomorrow and have this checked asap. Take care, Sharon

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    • Cheryl Wornham Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Can't tell you if it is or isent please go see a dr. to get it checked

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    How can one detect breast cancer early on her own?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 2 answers
    • vicki e Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      Norma is right about following your gut feeling. Four years ago I found a lump and got a mammogram. Nothing showed up on mammo but a biopsy proved my concern was valid. In february of this year I found a lump under my arm that doctor pooh poohed as nothing. I insisted on further testing and had 9...

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      Norma is right about following your gut feeling. Four years ago I found a lump and got a mammogram. Nothing showed up on mammo but a biopsy proved my concern was valid. In february of this year I found a lump under my arm that doctor pooh poohed as nothing. I insisted on further testing and had 9 positive nodes removed 2 wks later Listen to your gut and be your own best advocate. It's your body.

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    • Norma Johnson Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      You can check your breast often, get mamo when you should and if anything feels funny such as in my case just a funny feeling....let your Dr. Know!

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