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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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  • Carla Victor-rawson Profile

    My lumpectomy scar is 7 weeks old and ands hard and a bit lumpy, is this normal?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 6 years 6 answers
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    • Jk Joyce Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I have the same problem. I had first surgery in feb and second one in march. The onc says it is scar tissue and I just had a mammo last week and the radiologist said it is scar tissue too. It is very tender and I hate feeling it in there. I wouldn't even know if I had a cancerous lump with all...

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      I have the same problem. I had first surgery in feb and second one in march. The onc says it is scar tissue and I just had a mammo last week and the radiologist said it is scar tissue too. It is very tender and I hate feeling it in there. I wouldn't even know if I had a cancerous lump with all that in there.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Carla,
      It is scar tissue and will flatten out in a few months. Take care, Sharon

      Comment
  • robbin  slay Profile

    What is the average cost for breast cancer treatment?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years 4 answers
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    • Betsy Chapin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      Robin,
      It depends on what kind of treatment. I know with lumpectomy, radiation, and six chemotherapies, and many, many prescription medications, the cost for my treatment was over $200000. I was fortunate to have good insurance to cover it all.

      Comment
    • Mary Boone Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Too much..

      Comment
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    My surgeon said I will have to get a mammogram six months after my lumpectomy. The mammogram didn't catch it before. The ultrasound did. Does this make sense?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years 3 answers
    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      My mammogram missed my lump as well. If it were me I would insist on an ultrasound along with your mammogram. It's your body and health. Good luck!

      Comment
    • Lysa Allison Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Do what you need to feel comfortable

      Comment
  • 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
    almost 6 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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