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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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  • Katy Shaxter Profile

    How does a family function without the person that did mostly everything? Without their mommy who will be recovering from surgery.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 6 years 6 answers
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    • Nancy Ries Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Katy, Sharon is fantastic with her answers. I just went to Sharon's friend, Mr Google. I googled housecleaning for breast cancer patients. It is amazing how many cleaning services popped up.

      2 comments
    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Sharon is right it is amazing how people step up. There is Cleaning for Reason for house cleaning during cancer treatment.

      Comment
  • anonymous Profile

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

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 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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    Would you ladies mind helping out a southern feller? Just diagnosed with stage 2B and I have some questions. Having a (left) mastectomy and axillary removal on March 7 and wondering what to expect as far as recovery pain?

    Asked by anonymous

    stage_2b Patient
    almost 2 years 4 answers
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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I'm sorry to hear you joined this group. Everyone is different with their pain tolerance, I had none after my unilateral mastectomy and lymph node dissection. But then I had a PCA pump with Fentanyl going in it the first half day (not something I wanted but it was there none the less). Your...

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      I'm sorry to hear you joined this group. Everyone is different with their pain tolerance, I had none after my unilateral mastectomy and lymph node dissection. But then I had a PCA pump with Fentanyl going in it the first half day (not something I wanted but it was there none the less). Your anxiety is not going to help you as stress right now is not your friend. Try and take some deep breaths and relax, I know it's easier said then done but try, OK?

      2 comments
    • Trisha Muller Quinn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2014

      With your burping ... due to feeling nervous you are probably swallowing more air ...

      I have had a double mastectomy with half of my nodes taken , cancerous..
      There no pain as such involved with this surgery .. just feeling happy to know that the cancer is gone .

      I don't know if you'll been...

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      With your burping ... due to feeling nervous you are probably swallowing more air ...

      I have had a double mastectomy with half of my nodes taken , cancerous..
      There no pain as such involved with this surgery .. just feeling happy to know that the cancer is gone .

      I don't know if you'll been having any drains ( from the chest drawing fluid away). They make it hard to sleep .

      I found the surgery the easiest with only 1 over night in hosp .

      Think of your self as bit of a Ambassador for other men !! To show them not only women get breast cancer .. but it's the same horrible cancer !!

      I have the attitude of ... What doesn't break us makes as stronger.
      I felt calmer going into surgery as I knew it would prolong my life , so it's the right thing to do !!
      Maybe you need someone to talk to before surgery to calm your fears with issues , of with ......what may happen ??

      But feel comfortable and confident we have all gone through this. And are alive to live , laugh and inform others .........We can have a long happy life after cancer so good luck ..

      3 comments
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    What is the best clothing to wear after surgery

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 6 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I wore a special loose camisole made from really soft cotton. It had two small pockets to hold the small drain resevoirs. It also had a pocket where some soft padding could be place that gave the appearance of having a breast (I had a mastectomy). My insurance paid for it. I wore it until my...

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      I wore a special loose camisole made from really soft cotton. It had two small pockets to hold the small drain resevoirs. It also had a pocket where some soft padding could be place that gave the appearance of having a breast (I had a mastectomy). My insurance paid for it. I wore it until my drains were removed. I have heard of other women where something different but this is just my experience. I didn't have any trouble raising my arms but there are some women that do, so you would want something that fastened in front. Others will will check in here and let you know. Hang in there, darlin'
      take care, Sharon

      2 comments
    • Lisa S Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Also wear button down tops so you don't have to lift your arms.

      1 comment

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