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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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  • Olina  Lucas  Profile

    what does cancer look like on an ultrasound?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 5 years 3 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      My cancer was stage 0. It was detected in microcalcifications which means I never had a lump. I had tiny cluster of microscopic dots. What u see after tapping a pencil point on paper. We all have these in our breast but when they cluster it causes suspicion. Dr said wait 3 months we will...

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      My cancer was stage 0. It was detected in microcalcifications which means I never had a lump. I had tiny cluster of microscopic dots. What u see after tapping a pencil point on paper. We all have these in our breast but when they cluster it causes suspicion. Dr said wait 3 months we will check again for changes or biopsy now just to b on safe side. I said no biopsy & I'm glad I did they were cancerous.

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Microcalcifications aren't usually seen on U/S as they are too small, larger ones may though. There are several things they look for on U/S to say if a biopsy is needed or not. I had an area of "assymetric" breast tissue seen on my mammo. that also showed on my U/S and that's what they biopsied...

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      Microcalcifications aren't usually seen on U/S as they are too small, larger ones may though. There are several things they look for on U/S to say if a biopsy is needed or not. I had an area of "assymetric" breast tissue seen on my mammo. that also showed on my U/S and that's what they biopsied with U/S guidance as according to the Radiologist that would be the easiest and cheapest for me. Actually the way I had to be positioned for my U/S guided biopsy I could watch the screen and knew somewhat what I was looking at since I used to do U/S studies. I saw that he actually captured one calcification as I had 2 areas right next to each other; the one "assymetric" looking tissue and an area of microcalcifications. He had to do more than the usual number of specimen captures as my dense breast tissue pushed the needle away from the area he was trying to get. The report showed IDC with a component of DCIS which would have been that 2nd area with calcifications but we biopsied that area too by stereotactic means and it proved to be all DCIS. A 3rd area was found on surgical pathology but was never mentioned on all my tests so not sure where it was located in relationship to the other 2 next to each other.

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    How do you know its a lump on your chest? Is there any other ways to be alerted for breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 2 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      A lump isn't always cancer. I had no lump just an abnormal mammogram that lead to my biopsy and subsequent diagnosis.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      My story is the same as Betti's. No lump at all.

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    Is there a link between having a breast infection during nursing and years later developing DCIS or IDC? I am curious because this has happened to me and wonder if anyone else has made the connection.

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2009
    about 8 years 3 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Funny you ask this question. The same thing happened to me. Left breast infection while breast feeding and DCIS in left breast. Interesting....

      Comment
    • Robin Bailey Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Me too! I got many infections while nursing my son to 11 mos. He's 19 now and I've got Dcis!

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    breast are to large and dense for radiation. anyone heard of this.mascectomy only option.please help

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 5 answers
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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      I agree. Get a second opinion. Prayers to you.

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    • stacie s Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I'm a 36H and had radiation after lumpectomy with no issue. I'd definitely get another opinion.

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