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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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    My breast has a lump and is very itchy, is this common? I have mammogram in 4 days and am VERY scared. If this is breast cancer, how soon will they be able to tell me and how long usually until they let me know if it is malignant or benign?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 5 years 4 answers
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    • Lou Cam Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I don't know about the itchiness . After the mamo and sonogram, You might be scheduled for a biopsy. It may be another week or two before your biopsy. you should get the results in no more than a week. Hopefully, your sonogram results will be good, and you might not even need a biopsy

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      waiting period depends partly on what type of equipment (digital or conventional), and how busy the doctor is, who reads the mammogram

      with my first "questionable" mammogram, first the tech came back and took additional views, then they scooted me immediately down the hall for ultrasound, then...

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      waiting period depends partly on what type of equipment (digital or conventional), and how busy the doctor is, who reads the mammogram

      with my first "questionable" mammogram, first the tech came back and took additional views, then they scooted me immediately down the hall for ultrasound, then suggested I wait six months to see if anything developed (this was with the older style of mammo machine, and their waiting period for biopsy was more than a month) --- second time they had new digital system, did the mammo, came back for additional views on one side only; scheduled me for ultrasound a week later, then sent me for biopsy two weeks after that ..

      I'm hoping for you that given it's itching, that it is a cyst and not cancer ...

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  • Rosanna Wieder Profile

    Have to have drain in for another week. Found out 20 of the 26 lymph nodes removed had cancer in them. Having one of those days. Just feel like crying. Any help?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2B Patient
    over 5 years 13 answers
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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I give myself 24 hour pity party. Cry, feel sorry for my self, and the very popular why mes. Then it is time to fight like you have never fought before. We are all there for you. God Bless your journey.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Rosanna,
      That is a lousy bit of news and I think the positive spin on this is knowing they are OUT of your body. You will march on and complete the rest of your treatment just like all of your sister-warriors. We are all fighting this tough opponement. You and your pro-team are winning this...

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      Rosanna,
      That is a lousy bit of news and I think the positive spin on this is knowing they are OUT of your body. You will march on and complete the rest of your treatment just like all of your sister-warriors. We are all fighting this tough opponement. You and your pro-team are winning this one. Your surgeon wiped out the "front-line" and now you are going after breast cancer's ~snipers~
      Rosanna, you put on your game-face and charge ahead!!! You are strong and fearless.
      We got your back, sista! Hang in there, you can do this. Sharon

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  • Edward Smith Profile

    At my post mastectomy consultation, what can I expect? I am stage 1 with no residual tissue and nodes are clean.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 3 answers
    • Betsy Krueger Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I also had my staples taken out at that point. I was amazed that it didn't hurt! Of course there's numbness at the mastectomy site, but this was the first time I realized what that meant. The numbness around the scar is still there, but the area where I have no feeling is smaller.

      This was...

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      I also had my staples taken out at that point. I was amazed that it didn't hurt! Of course there's numbness at the mastectomy site, but this was the first time I realized what that meant. The numbness around the scar is still there, but the area where I have no feeling is smaller.

      This was also the point at which I was handed off to the oncologist to discuss treatment--chemo, radiation. My cancer is DCIS, and I didn't have to have any more treatment. My DCIS had wide margins, and no node involvement.

      Hope it went well for you.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      You may get some further pathology results and the surgeon will check the mastectomy site. Depending on what sort of reconstruction you are having, if any, this will be discussed as well. Good luck

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    I have pain on one side of my breast frequently, and it's itching. Breast cancer has taken the life of two grandmothers. I do not have insurance what should i do? Are these any symptoms?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years 4 answers
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    • Gail Horton Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Yes, those symptoms can be a sign of breast cancer. You should have it checked out. Some communities have facilities that provide free mammograms for women without insurance. Please look into this right away! Every day does count!

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    • Thelma Almanza Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I got help through the foundation Susan G. Comen they can help and (ACS) American Cancer Society

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