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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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  • sandy glisman Profile

    Are high radon levels in a home, a cause of breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2011
    about 8 years Answer
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    Would you ladies mind helping out a southern feller? Just diagnosed with stage 2B and I have some questions. Having a (left) mastectomy and axillary removal on March 7 and wondering what to expect as far as recovery pain?

    Asked by anonymous

    stage_2b Patient
    about 2 years 4 answers
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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I'm sorry to hear you joined this group. Everyone is different with their pain tolerance, I had none after my unilateral mastectomy and lymph node dissection. But then I had a PCA pump with Fentanyl going in it the first half day (not something I wanted but it was there none the less). Your...

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      I'm sorry to hear you joined this group. Everyone is different with their pain tolerance, I had none after my unilateral mastectomy and lymph node dissection. But then I had a PCA pump with Fentanyl going in it the first half day (not something I wanted but it was there none the less). Your anxiety is not going to help you as stress right now is not your friend. Try and take some deep breaths and relax, I know it's easier said then done but try, OK?

      2 comments
    • Trisha Muller Quinn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2014

      With your burping ... due to feeling nervous you are probably swallowing more air ...

      I have had a double mastectomy with half of my nodes taken , cancerous..
      There no pain as such involved with this surgery .. just feeling happy to know that the cancer is gone .

      I don't know if you'll been...

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      With your burping ... due to feeling nervous you are probably swallowing more air ...

      I have had a double mastectomy with half of my nodes taken , cancerous..
      There no pain as such involved with this surgery .. just feeling happy to know that the cancer is gone .

      I don't know if you'll been having any drains ( from the chest drawing fluid away). They make it hard to sleep .

      I found the surgery the easiest with only 1 over night in hosp .

      Think of your self as bit of a Ambassador for other men !! To show them not only women get breast cancer .. but it's the same horrible cancer !!

      I have the attitude of ... What doesn't break us makes as stronger.
      I felt calmer going into surgery as I knew it would prolong my life , so it's the right thing to do !!
      Maybe you need someone to talk to before surgery to calm your fears with issues , of with ......what may happen ??

      But feel comfortable and confident we have all gone through this. And are alive to live , laugh and inform others .........We can have a long happy life after cancer so good luck ..

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  • Mona Assadi Profile

    I'm 26 and I have been diagnosed with stage 2. Do I need a mastectomy??

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 3 answers
    • Tiffani Warila Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I am 29 and based on the Size of the lump during ultrasound am borderline stage 1-2. I am doing 8 rounds of chemo before surgery in hopes of shrinking the tumor. Then only a lumpectomy will be needed. There are many different factors to consider though. Genetic testing to see if you are brca1 or...

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      I am 29 and based on the Size of the lump during ultrasound am borderline stage 1-2. I am doing 8 rounds of chemo before surgery in hopes of shrinking the tumor. Then only a lumpectomy will be needed. There are many different factors to consider though. Genetic testing to see if you are brca1 or brca2 positive, if there is more than one tumor, etc. Your doctor would be able to tell you if chemo first would be a good option for you. If you have any other questions feel free to ask me. I am more than willing to to help!

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    • Joan Rosov Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 3A Patient

      I have had breast cancer twice. Both times I had genetic testing The results really helped in the decision process.

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    Is pre-cancerous carcinoma cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 5 years 3 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      That's not a term that I have heard. Carcinoma is the formal word for cancer. If you have a pre-cancerous abnormality you need to have this addressed ASAP. This probably means the cells seen are in the process of turning into cancer and will be cancer in the future. Get this checked.

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I don't think there is such a thing. I know they found a single polyp on my initial colonoscopy and the report said it was "precancerous". When I asked my PCP what that meant she told me if I hadn't had that screening colonoscopy as I had no systems that polyp would have turned into cancer so I...

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      I don't think there is such a thing. I know they found a single polyp on my initial colonoscopy and the report said it was "precancerous". When I asked my PCP what that meant she told me if I hadn't had that screening colonoscopy as I had no systems that polyp would have turned into cancer so I was thankful I had the test done. In fact in thinking about it there is no such thing as precancerous cancer or carcinoma for that matter.

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