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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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    I had mammo, then us and now they want me to have MRI but no biopsy. Is this normal procedure? My ins. did not want to pay for MRI but my doctor sent appeal and they approved it. The radiologist said probable cause for concern. what does this mean?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years 10 answers
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    • Brandi Carey Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had a mammogram then ultrasound. Came back BI_RAD 5. I had a great radiologist! Biopsy (malignant)then they had me do MRI w/contrast.2days later,another ultrasound.then wanted me to have MRI guided biopsy. I opted out cuz I'm getting a bilateral masectomy but I honestly hope your dr is just...

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      I had a mammogram then ultrasound. Came back BI_RAD 5. I had a great radiologist! Biopsy (malignant)then they had me do MRI w/contrast.2days later,another ultrasound.then wanted me to have MRI guided biopsy. I opted out cuz I'm getting a bilateral masectomy but I honestly hope your dr is just being cautious!! Some dr are hard to convince w tests.:-) also MRI picked up R sided masses that mammo&U.S missed. Good luck

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    • Sandy B Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      I had the same process. The mamogram did not show tumors. My symptom was a bleeding nipple.The Dr. had a gut feeling that there was something going on. They did the MRI, showed areas of concern. They then proceeded with the biopsy. Showed no cancer. The surgeon encouraged me strongly to have a...

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      I had the same process. The mamogram did not show tumors. My symptom was a bleeding nipple.The Dr. had a gut feeling that there was something going on. They did the MRI, showed areas of concern. They then proceeded with the biopsy. Showed no cancer. The surgeon encouraged me strongly to have a lumpectomy, as again, he had that gut feeling. He performed that lumpectomy and he found 5 tumors, 2 large in my breast. He saved my life. No real answer as to why my tumors did not show. I hope your results are different, but I will be forever grateful my surgeon was persistent.

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    switched from Lexapro to Effexor - since Effexor sweats are getting worse, itching and nauseated. Also all of the sudden bone pain (Tamoxifen taker since 9 months) anyone else?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2B Patient
    about 6 years 4 answers
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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      I really wish people wold research these drugs before taking them

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    • Dawn Goldberg Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I started Effexor a few weeks ago. The first night my heart raced and I had anxiety. After that I've been fine and its really helping. Maybe you are having some kind of allergic reaction to it.

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  • Sandra Kocher Profile

    invasive ductal carcinoma, er-pr- her2 over expressive positive, grade 2, stage 2, 3cm. What is the better one to have, a lumpectomy or a mastectomy? So, far, after the lumpectomy, radiation, then herceptin with combination of other drugs maybe.

    Asked by anonymous

    Patient
    almost 7 years 9 answers
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    • Roxann C Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      I highly recommend that you have an MRI to check if there are microcalcifications (ie "cancer sprinkles") in any other quadrant of your breast. This will help you decide.

      I also recommend genetic testing to check if you have a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation. This will also help you decide.

      You should...

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      I highly recommend that you have an MRI to check if there are microcalcifications (ie "cancer sprinkles") in any other quadrant of your breast. This will help you decide.

      I also recommend genetic testing to check if you have a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation. This will also help you decide.

      You should also know that radiated skin is difficult to stretch. So if you do breast reconstruction after radiation, your results may not favorable.

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    • Evelyn Heilbrunn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Hi, me again! It depends on how aggressive you want to be. What is your doctor recommending? I decided to go with a mastectomy both times, on the chance that there was cancer beyond the original site. In my case there was so I'm glad I did it. Many, many women opt for the lumpectomy, though....

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      Hi, me again! It depends on how aggressive you want to be. What is your doctor recommending? I decided to go with a mastectomy both times, on the chance that there was cancer beyond the original site. In my case there was so I'm glad I did it. Many, many women opt for the lumpectomy, though. In some cases it's a matter of personal choice.

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  • Cheryl Wornham Profile

    Can you still get breast cancer when taking tamoxifen?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years 2 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Cheryl,
      Unfortunately, you can....maybe not the same kind but it is not out of the realm of possibility to develop a different type of breast cancer or also have a recurrance.
      Bummer! Sharon

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    • Cheryl Wornham Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thanks Sharon

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