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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.

Related Questions

  • Hilda Geweldt Profile

    can neck and shoulder blade pain, be signs of breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 5 years 5 answers
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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I have had shoulder neck pain years prior it was rotator cuff nothing to do with breast cancer but did make my shoulder problem worse

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Hilda,

      I also meant to say.... neck and shoulder blade pain can be caused by tension or an old injury. A million other reasons that have nothing to do with breast cancer. Take care, Sharon

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  • Karen G Profile

    I am going in for my Oncoplasty surgery tomorrow. Please pray for me and wish me clear margins. This is my third surgery and my last try to keep my breast. If this doesn't work I will need a Mastectomy.

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    about 6 years 13 answers
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      God bless and praying for you

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Surgery isn't easy but God willing you will go through this surgery and be much healthier in the end. You are in all of our prayers. Take care, jayme

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    What if you skip some radiation treatments? I have just been diagnosed with Stage 1, and we have a trip planned that we cannot cancel. I will undergo a lumpectomy next week followed by radiation.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 3 answers
    • Omar Hinojosa Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      The best thing to do is go as scheduled. If this is not possible then you should see if it is possible to complete treatment at another center. You should pose this question to your oncologist since no information was given about your breast cancer. For instance, if you are HER-2 positive I would...

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      The best thing to do is go as scheduled. If this is not possible then you should see if it is possible to complete treatment at another center. You should pose this question to your oncologist since no information was given about your breast cancer. For instance, if you are HER-2 positive I would state that it is not in your best interest. My mother has breast cancer and has two residence. To date we have traveled and received treatment at those destinations. We have traveled and received treatment in El Paso, Alabama, Tennessee and Chicago. Hope this helps

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    • Heather Chamber Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Generally u should have at least two weeks after ur surgery b4 starting any radiation. That area needs to heal b4 they start the next phase. Good luck hun. Be strong

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    is it possible to get breast cancer at 14?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 6 years 5 answers
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    • Life is Good! Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      It is very rare for a fourteen year old to get breast cancer, however, if there is a lump or something unusual happening, I would strongly suggest talking to your mom and going to the doctor to get it checked out. Best of luck to you!

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    • Evelyn Heilbrunn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Sweetie, it's SO unlikely for someone your age to get breast cancer! The odds are so very small they're almost zero. Your breasts are still growing and sometimes they get lumpy-bumpy. Sometimes, right around your period, your breasts will feel different. They might be a little sore and you...

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      Sweetie, it's SO unlikely for someone your age to get breast cancer! The odds are so very small they're almost zero. Your breasts are still growing and sometimes they get lumpy-bumpy. Sometimes, right around your period, your breasts will feel different. They might be a little sore and you might feel something that wasn't there a week ago. Most often it goes away after your period.

      Even with all that, though, you need to tell your Mom or an older woman you are close to, and ask them to take you do a doctor to get it checked out. It's the best, safest, smartest thing to do.

      Let us know how it goes!

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