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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 have stage one estrogen positive breast cancer. What is the prognosis?

    Asked by anonymous

    over 7 years 4 answers
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    • Connie Herrick Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Your prognosis should be very good. What does your doctor say? Have you had any treatment yet? How old are you?

      I was diagnosed with Stage 2A breast cancer last April. I was also estrogen positive, and the tumor was fast-growing. I had a lumpectomy, and the tumor size was 3 centimeters. I...

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      Your prognosis should be very good. What does your doctor say? Have you had any treatment yet? How old are you?

      I was diagnosed with Stage 2A breast cancer last April. I was also estrogen positive, and the tumor was fast-growing. I had a lumpectomy, and the tumor size was 3 centimeters. I had 2 lymph nodes removed, and they were negative. So I had 4 chemo treatments, and 33 radiation treatments. Both were very tolerable. I am now on an estrogen-blocking pill that I will take for 5 years, since estrogen feeds breast cancer, this will help lessen my chances of it coming back. I plan to live to a ripe old age! I try to eat healthy and get plenty of exercise.

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    • Lori Murray Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hi!
      I have/had estrogen positive also, from what I understand it is one of the very treatable forms. Mine is actually stage 4 since it went to a "tiny" area of my sternum which was radiated and now clear:)...my treatment is working very well and my scans have been clear since I started. I had...

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      Hi!
      I have/had estrogen positive also, from what I understand it is one of the very treatable forms. Mine is actually stage 4 since it went to a "tiny" area of my sternum which was radiated and now clear:)...my treatment is working very well and my scans have been clear since I started. I had my ovaries shut down with a lupron injection,eventually removed. I also take letrozole which stops any other estrogen that may be around. I am doing very well now, I think you have great hope...hang in there and try and take it step by step...it is a lot of information to process at once...Be well...xx

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  • Lori Schanche Profile

    How is weight gain associated with Femara?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years 4 answers
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    • Connie Herrick Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I am having problems with belly fat, not necessarily weight gain.

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    • rebekah alkhalifa Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      rebekahalkhalifa@yahoo.com
      Hello...
      I wish you best Compliment of the season,with hope that you are physically and healthly alright,l do believe that this mail will reach in good condition. My name is Rebekah i saw your profile in www.beyondtheshock.com and admire it, i think we can make it...

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      rebekahalkhalifa@yahoo.com
      Hello...
      I wish you best Compliment of the season,with hope that you are physically and healthly alright,l do believe that this mail will reach in good condition. My name is Rebekah i saw your profile in www.beyondtheshock.com and admire it, i think we can make it together, please i would like you to contact me through my email address:( rebekahalkhalifa@yahoo.com ) i will tell you more about myself, also send you my photo,as soon as you contact me back, hopping for your lovely reply soonest,
      Rebekah....

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  • 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
    about 6 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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  • ma.fe liezl gumboc Profile

    What are the foods that i must avoid...I'm at stage 2...any advice?

    Asked by anonymous

    Patient
    over 7 years 1 answer
    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      That depends on your treatment. If you have chemo your blood counts will drop. This will make you more susceptible to colds, etc. There are foods you shouldn't eat during chemo treatments. Any raw meats like sushi, etc. Raw vegetables should be washed thoroughly because of bacteria risk. You have...

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      That depends on your treatment. If you have chemo your blood counts will drop. This will make you more susceptible to colds, etc. There are foods you shouldn't eat during chemo treatments. Any raw meats like sushi, etc. Raw vegetables should be washed thoroughly because of bacteria risk. You have to be careful eating food at buffets, deli meat, and no soft cheeses such as blue cheese.

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