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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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  • Christina  Swanson  Profile

    Can a benign tumor turn malignant?

    Asked by anonymous

    Family Member or Loved One
    almost 8 years 1 answer
    • Coco Smith Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Yes, a benign tumour can turn malignant.

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    Can I opt out of radiation or all treatments for my Stage 1 cancer? And what would be the result if I wanted to have it later?

    Asked by anonymous

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

      I would strongly suggest getting all the treatment your dr suggests for your stage one cancer. Without treatment your stage one cancer could enter the lymph nodes and then would become invasive with a possibility of spreading to your bones, liver, lungs, etc. I am stage three and would give...

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      I would strongly suggest getting all the treatment your dr suggests for your stage one cancer. Without treatment your stage one cancer could enter the lymph nodes and then would become invasive with a possibility of spreading to your bones, liver, lungs, etc. I am stage three and would give anything to have been caught in an earlier stage. Please get your treatments!

      Comment
    • Lysa Allison Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I agree with Diana. I had stage 0 breast cancer and did 30 treatments of radiation and am now taking Tamoxifen. We are very blessed. I don't want to live with regrets

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  • Hollie Fitzpatrick Profile

    Is rib pain normal with stage three breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 1 answer
    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2006

      Hi Hollie .

      You can experience rib pain (discomfort) regardless of the stage you are diagnosed. I was diagnosed with Triple Negative stage 2 and had rib pain (discomfort) while going through chemotherapy and after treatment for a short period. Although I never referred to it as pain it was...

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      Hi Hollie .

      You can experience rib pain (discomfort) regardless of the stage you are diagnosed. I was diagnosed with Triple Negative stage 2 and had rib pain (discomfort) while going through chemotherapy and after treatment for a short period. Although I never referred to it as pain it was more of a discomfort feeling for me.
      Stay encouraged and remember you are not in this alone.
      Love and Blessings!!

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    I had undergone MRM on 04/11/2013 at right breast.Now some discharge seen after squeezing left breast.Is it a danger sign

    Asked by anonymous

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

      You should make an appointment and have your doctor check it as any changes to one's body need to be checked out.

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    • Mandana K. Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hello,may be yes may be not,well may things can cause this for example prolactemia,papilloma ......It is better to show to your doctor.

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