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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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    Anyone had bi-lateral mastectomy with immediate reconstruction? How long did it take to recover? I'm 4 weeks post-op. Still painful. Doc still has to drain fluid. Can't drive. Feel like it's taking me too long to get better.

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 1 Patient
    over 7 years 8 answers
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    • A Sky Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Argh. I hid send too soon. I had the 650cc silicone I,

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    • laura  bailey Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hi you are right on track. The other ladies have great advise. You have been through a LOT, give yourself a break. This is not something you recover from in a few days. But, you will be feeling better and better gradually. Happy Thoughts! Laura

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    17 years old I been having breast pain for 6 months I have a family history of breast cancer on both sides. I had ultrasound they found nothing my mom asked for mri they found 9mm mass and I was told to get another ultrasound

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 2 years 3 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I'm not a doctor but they probably don't want to do a biopsy on a person your age unless absolutely necessary. It sounds like it is really small and may be difficult to see it to do a biopsy. I had 2 areas and after a positive biopsy only then was an MRI ordered to see if was 2 separate areas...

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      I'm not a doctor but they probably don't want to do a biopsy on a person your age unless absolutely necessary. It sounds like it is really small and may be difficult to see it to do a biopsy. I had 2 areas and after a positive biopsy only then was an MRI ordered to see if was 2 separate areas or 1 large one with an area coming off of it. I understand you have a strong family history of breast cancer, I had none but when all was said and done I had 4 areas of cancer in my one breast.

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    • Faith Kendricks  Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      additontion to my question. but my question is why haven’t ask for biopsy to check mass

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  • gima green Profile

    My medical report said Lymphovascular invasion, should I be concern now that the lumpectomy surgery is over?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 4 years 2 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      From my understanding it doesn't mean it's in the lymph nodes just the vessels around the tumor. I'm thinking I also had that in my pathology report but my Surgeon removed 8 nodes during the mastectomy and all 8 were negative. Talk with your doctor regarding the report and let them know there...

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      From my understanding it doesn't mean it's in the lymph nodes just the vessels around the tumor. I'm thinking I also had that in my pathology report but my Surgeon removed 8 nodes during the mastectomy and all 8 were negative. Talk with your doctor regarding the report and let them know there is something you don't understand and ask them to explain it to you.

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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      It means cells were detected in your lymph nodes. Which means your cancer is 'invasive'. It spread outside of the original tumor. I know that sounds scary, but it's not as bad as it sounds. Your team of dr's will come up with a plan of treatment suited for your situation. Keep in mind that I am...

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      It means cells were detected in your lymph nodes. Which means your cancer is 'invasive'. It spread outside of the original tumor. I know that sounds scary, but it's not as bad as it sounds. Your team of dr's will come up with a plan of treatment suited for your situation. Keep in mind that I am not a dr. You need to have your dr explanation your pathology report and treatment options. Prayers to you.

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    90%Nylon 10%Spandex Bras good for wear .... is there any risk for a breast cancer by wearing these kind of a bras for a long time?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 2 answers
    • julie s Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      I don't believe bras cause breast cancer...

      1 comment
    • Roz Potenza Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      I have never heard a credible correlation to breast cancer and bras. Nope. Nothing. Wear one. Don't wear one. Underwire. Au Naturale. Have at it.

      Do get yearly mammograms. Do check yourself in the shower for lumps. Do get something checked RIGHT AWAY if you feel it. Do have a healthy...

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      I have never heard a credible correlation to breast cancer and bras. Nope. Nothing. Wear one. Don't wear one. Underwire. Au Naturale. Have at it.

      Do get yearly mammograms. Do check yourself in the shower for lumps. Do get something checked RIGHT AWAY if you feel it. Do have a healthy life. :)

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