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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 ductal cancer, invasive and infiltrating - what does that mean?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2B Patient
    over 6 years 2 answers
    • julie s Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      Invasive and infiltrating means its invaded and infiltrated beyond or outside of the duct... It started in the duct.. If it was still just there it would be ductal carcinoma in situ, but once it spreads outside the duct it's called invasive...

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Anonymous:

      Join the club.... you have been diagnosed with a type of breast cancer that is very common. I was diagnosed with the same type of breast cancer 5 years ago. I had treatment and remain cancer free. Your diagnosis will also contain the size, stage and grade of your disease. You are...

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      Anonymous:

      Join the club.... you have been diagnosed with a type of breast cancer that is very common. I was diagnosed with the same type of breast cancer 5 years ago. I had treatment and remain cancer free. Your diagnosis will also contain the size, stage and grade of your disease. You are just beginning a journey that we all have been before you. Some of us here on this board are in treatment, and many of us are post-treatment. You can ask any questions you want here but we my not know the answers because each cancer is individual to each woman. What our cancers were may not be what your cancer is. Here is some information from Breastcancer.org about IDC Invasive (infiltrating) Ductal Carcinoma. It is an overall explanation of this very common breast cancer. Don't go to the dark side of this diagnosis... this is a glass half full disease. We know you are probably terrified hearing those words pointed at you. We have been there, done that and are alive today. Please keep in touch with us as you go through the process. Take a spouse, relative, friend with you to these appointments, have them listen, take notes or record what is said. You are going to have a lot of information thrown at you. Here is a bit of information. http://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/types/idc/ Hang in there and take care, Sharon

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  • Maria Taylor Profile

    Why don't you mention alternative treatments like the Budwig Protocol, that have proven extremely effective curing breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 6 answers
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      I don't know very much about Budwig Protocal. What little I have read about it seems very based on a certain nutrition plan based treatment. You mentioned that it has been proven extremely effective in curing breast cancer. At the present date..there is no "cure" for any type of cancer. Hopefully...

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      I don't know very much about Budwig Protocal. What little I have read about it seems very based on a certain nutrition plan based treatment. You mentioned that it has been proven extremely effective in curing breast cancer. At the present date..there is no "cure" for any type of cancer. Hopefully one day we will have a cure. As a breast cancer patient myself...I hope and pray that I will soon be NED ( no evidence of disease/remission). In my fight against cancer, I've chosen conventional methods of treatment combined with a good diet. Some people use conventional methods combined with alternative such as acupuncture, etc. I'm not against alternative treatments and feel that anyone who has cancer has a right to choose whatever treatment they decide.

      Diana

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    • Maria Taylor Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I agree with you, that people should choose the treatment they want. However, very few know about BP. I mention it, because last year my daughter was diagnosed with BC Stage IV (mets to the lungs

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