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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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  • anonymous Profile

    Has anyone had experience with or heard of occult breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 1 answer
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I just read this... the cases I read about were axillary (arm pit) lymph nodes found to have breast cancer but no primary lesion was found in the breast. It was treated by mastectomy, chemo, and since it was ER+ PR+ Her2- hormone therapy for 5 years. Patient remained cancer free at the 5 year...

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      I just read this... the cases I read about were axillary (arm pit) lymph nodes found to have breast cancer but no primary lesion was found in the breast. It was treated by mastectomy, chemo, and since it was ER+ PR+ Her2- hormone therapy for 5 years. Patient remained cancer free at the 5 year point. Take care, Sharon

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  • Nadia noufal Profile

    hi have any one has 4 stage breast cancer spread to the lung ,and cancer free now and please tell me about all the symptoms u went true thank you

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 4 years 2 answers
    • Mimi Carroll Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I know a women who had cancer cone back to lung and liver met. She was estrogen positive - given arimidex and has no evidence of disease a year later. There are some good stabilizing treatments for many stage 4 cancers.... Can't totally get rid of it, but can live with decent quality of life.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I want to use this medium to share my testimony to the public, hopefully to safe life also, Am Brandi Harri, I was diagnosed of Breast Cancer Three years ago, when i had my last baby, my world came crashing down when my Doctor told me that nothing could be done to save me after fighting this...

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      I want to use this medium to share my testimony to the public, hopefully to safe life also, Am Brandi Harri, I was diagnosed of Breast Cancer Three years ago, when i had my last baby, my world came crashing down when my Doctor told me that nothing could be done to save me after fighting this deadly disease with Chemo And Radiation for Two Years but i refused to sit back and wait until the day it finally decides to take my life so i went in search of help which i found in the hands of Priest Babaka through his Cannabis oil/Herb Soap Supplement. God use him to bring life back to me and gave my life a meaning again,am alive now all because of him, sir God will continue to Bless you and your family for this good work and word of truth..If you have any issue of CANCER don't hestitate to contact him with this email : babaka.wolf@gmail.com

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  • marie shackelford Profile

    How does breast cancer effect the body?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 2 answers
    • Unlucky Youth Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Having the cancer in your breast wouldn't really harm you and that's why when it's found early it's easier to treat. It becomes harmful when it spreads to vital organs of the body. Breasts are not vital organs so removing them would be an easy alternative to chemo or radiation if cancer was...

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      Having the cancer in your breast wouldn't really harm you and that's why when it's found early it's easier to treat. It becomes harmful when it spreads to vital organs of the body. Breasts are not vital organs so removing them would be an easy alternative to chemo or radiation if cancer was detected early. As you know 'cancer' starts with DNA mutation when cells reproduce. These cells do not do what they have to. They obstruct the orderly flow of your cells. These mutated cells can get activated by various ways to form cancerous cells. They reproduce really quickly and can spread to lymph nodes and organs or other place around your body. Depending on where they spread and their type, they do the damage. That's why monthly checkups are vital especially if cancer is present in the family history. My grandmother got breast cancer. She discovered it very early and had the choice to get her breast removed but she refused. She had chemo and she's as well as a butterfly now. That was a weird way to describe my grandmother, but I really do wish it could be that easy for everyone. I hope that partly cleared your question.

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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I can't count the ways. It effects everyone differently. I knew something was really wrong 8 months before I was diagnosed with invasive lobular breast cancer. This kind doesn't make a lump so breast cancer wasn't the first thing we thought of. Check breastcancer.org they have great ...

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      I can't count the ways. It effects everyone differently. I knew something was really wrong 8 months before I was diagnosed with invasive lobular breast cancer. This kind doesn't make a lump so breast cancer wasn't the first thing we thought of. Check breastcancer.org they have great information.

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    is it possible to get breast cancer at 14?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 5 answers
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    • Life is Good! Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      It is very rare for a fourteen year old to get breast cancer, however, if there is a lump or something unusual happening, I would strongly suggest talking to your mom and going to the doctor to get it checked out. Best of luck to you!

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    • Evelyn Heilbrunn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Sweetie, it's SO unlikely for someone your age to get breast cancer! The odds are so very small they're almost zero. Your breasts are still growing and sometimes they get lumpy-bumpy. Sometimes, right around your period, your breasts will feel different. They might be a little sore and you...

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      Sweetie, it's SO unlikely for someone your age to get breast cancer! The odds are so very small they're almost zero. Your breasts are still growing and sometimes they get lumpy-bumpy. Sometimes, right around your period, your breasts will feel different. They might be a little sore and you might feel something that wasn't there a week ago. Most often it goes away after your period.

      Even with all that, though, you need to tell your Mom or an older woman you are close to, and ask them to take you do a doctor to get it checked out. It's the best, safest, smartest thing to do.

      Let us know how it goes!

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