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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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  • Morgan Moser Profile

    Finally meeting my oncologist for the first time tomorrow! I'm so ready to get this ball rolling! What should I expect?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 8 answers
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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I just liked what everyone said because they said it all. The only thing I can suggest is look at your self in the in the mirrior and see how important and beautiful you are. Then go put on you big girl warrior panties and kick cancer's backside. We have all been there and will be with you...

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      I just liked what everyone said because they said it all. The only thing I can suggest is look at your self in the in the mirrior and see how important and beautiful you are. Then go put on you big girl warrior panties and kick cancer's backside. We have all been there and will be with you everystep of the way. God Bless you on your journey. Your husband and mom are warriors too.

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    • Morgan Moser Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Awesome!!! Thank you so much ladies. My husband and my mom are both coming with as they do with every appt:) I have a whole binder with papers and notes and questions! You can never be to prepared:) thanks again ladies for doing what you do and always being there!

      1 comment
  • Laura Laine Profile

    Hello everyone! I am new to this community, I hope we will something in common. :)

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 3 years 3 answers
    • Trisha Muller Quinn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2014

      If you or a family member or a friend , are fighting the evil called Breast Cancer.... Then I'm sure you do ...it's a great site to learn about the human side of the disease.... We all have or had different experiences but are linked by this common bond !! ... So welcome don't be afraid to asked...

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      If you or a family member or a friend , are fighting the evil called Breast Cancer.... Then I'm sure you do ...it's a great site to learn about the human side of the disease.... We all have or had different experiences but are linked by this common bond !! ... So welcome don't be afraid to asked any question you may have ,the answers will be helpful and lovely and supportive...:))

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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Hi Laura. Sorry you need to be here, but you've found the best place for information and support. No question is silly or too personal. I was diagnosed Feb 2012, IDC, triple possitive, bilateral mastectomy with recon using expanders, 6 rounds of TCH, a year of herceptin. Now on tamoxifen for a...

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      Hi Laura. Sorry you need to be here, but you've found the best place for information and support. No question is silly or too personal. I was diagnosed Feb 2012, IDC, triple possitive, bilateral mastectomy with recon using expanders, 6 rounds of TCH, a year of herceptin. Now on tamoxifen for a total of 10 years. I'm doing great, my hair is past my shoulders & I am loving life! I'm sure your very frightened now, but you can do this. Prayers to you.

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  • Tom Schink Profile

    My mom just got diagnosed with breast cancer (early Stage 2) and is extremely worried that she will lose her job. First, what's the likelihood of that and second, how can I try to calm this fear?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 2 answers
    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Hi Tom, I'm sorry to hear about your Mom. There are laws to protect your Mom so she won't lose her job. Tell her to go to her human resources dept. at work and file FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) papers. Her Dr. will have to fill out his part of the paperwork. This will protect her when she has...

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      Hi Tom, I'm sorry to hear about your Mom. There are laws to protect your Mom so she won't lose her job. Tell her to go to her human resources dept. at work and file FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) papers. Her Dr. will have to fill out his part of the paperwork. This will protect her when she has to take off work for treatment. She should also inquire about any disability benefits her employer might offer. Best wishes to you and your Mom

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    • Ali S Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I agree with Diana. It's definitely against the law to fire someone if she has cancer.

      Keep in mind, she might be scared in general and just not voicing it because it's really hard to. I worried a lot about missing work, when really, I was scared I was going to die. There are probably ...

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      I agree with Diana. It's definitely against the law to fire someone if she has cancer.

      Keep in mind, she might be scared in general and just not voicing it because it's really hard to. I worried a lot about missing work, when really, I was scared I was going to die. There are probably deeper fears under this one about work. Not that you need to pry them outta her, but remind her she needs to take care of herself, that you're there to listen, and that you'll take her to anyone else she wants to talk to, including a support group.
      Best wishes.

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  • Annette Price Profile

    Are different types of beast cancer related to ages ina womans life

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 4 years 6 answers
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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      No, any age, any race, male or female can get breast cancer. Prayers to you.

      Comment
    • sharon s Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      No cell division had nothing to
      Do with age

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