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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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  • anonymous Profile

    Can physical activity reduce the risk of breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 2 answers
    • Laura Gaspard Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Exercise pumps up the immune system and lowers estrogen levels. With as little as four hours of exercise per week, a woman can begin to lower her risk of breast cancer.

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    • Mimi Carroll Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Yes!!!!! It is the one research proven thing that can help... Needs to be 150 minutes per week of aerobic - not yoga or palates- per week for menopausal women!

      Comment
  • ashley garnica Profile

    When you get a lump on your breast can you move it around ? My mom has it for alone time and she is worried is it bad if she gets a rash on her nipple ?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 6 years 5 answers
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    • vicki e Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      A rash like that could be a sign of Paget's disease, a type of bc. She should go to her doctor because that is the only way to rule out a problem. Self diagnosis can lead to a lot of unnecessary stress.

      Comment
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Ashley,
      It is very important for your Mom to get anything that isn't normal in her breast checked out. Putting it off because she is afraid it is going to something awful will not make it go away. If it is --something-- waiting will only make it worse. Most of the lumps and bumps we feel...

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      Ashley,
      It is very important for your Mom to get anything that isn't normal in her breast checked out. Putting it off because she is afraid it is going to something awful will not make it go away. If it is --something-- waiting will only make it worse. Most of the lumps and bumps we feel usually turn out to be not breast cancer. The rash worries me. Tell her that it is making YOU WORRY. For YOUR sake, she needs to be checked. You are a wonderful caring daughter. Tell her you love her and want her to be around for a long time.... please go have the lump and rash evaluated by her doctor. Take care, Sharon

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    I already have breast cancer. There is another lesion you can see it on ultrasound but not MRI should I be worried?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 5 answers
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    • NancyStradley- Pezzi Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Breathe. If it is something they have caught it, if its nothing then you would be stressing for not. This is all scary. Prayers to you. And a big hug.

      Comment
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Cate,
      So you already have learned you have breast cancer. This other lesion shows up with an ultrasound but NOT with MRI. The following describes how my cancerous tumor looked on an MRI. It lit up like a Christmas tree light bulb. It was was so bright, I swear is was clearly visible from...

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      Cate,
      So you already have learned you have breast cancer. This other lesion shows up with an ultrasound but NOT with MRI. The following describes how my cancerous tumor looked on an MRI. It lit up like a Christmas tree light bulb. It was was so bright, I swear is was clearly visible from Mars! Cancerous tumors absorb the contrast dye injected into you. That is how they are detected and show so well on an MRI. It doesn't sound like this is a cancerous lesion. I WOULD ask for a biopsy but could this just be a non-cancerous cyst and they are calling it a "lesion"? I would be climbing into the backseat of their car until they told me what that thing was. Of course.... that's just hysterical me. You have to be your own best advocate so go get them darlin' and ask for a clarification. Blessings.... take care, Sharon

      Comment
  • hope crystal Profile

    what does chemotherapy do to breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 4 years 3 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Look at the learn section at this site. For me chemo killed any microscopic cancer cells floating around after surgery.

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I elected to do chemo. to drop my recurrence rate down as I plan on living a very long time.

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