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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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  • Maddie Fahner Profile

    I have a thick dark green discharge... along with a clear discharge coming from my nipple. Should I see my doctor?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 5 answers
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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Yes. Anytime there are changes in your breasts, get it checked out. Better to be safe than sorry. Prayers to you.

      1 comment
    • Brandi Mixon Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Yes! Anytime you have changes in your body, you should have it checked out by your doctor. Being proactive in any change is very important for you physical and mental health.

      Comment
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    My wife who is 20 has been diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer, I'm currently deployed and I'm worried. They have prescribed pills for her first and after 5-6 months option B is chemo. What is going to happen?

    Asked by anonymous

    over 4 years 6 answers
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    • sharon s Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Keep the lines of communication open with your wife. You are wondering what will happen from afar and she is making appointments and facing this.

      Going organic never hurts in my opinion.

      Be positive. Many of us opt for
      Minimal surgery and follow the dr. Keep her and you looking forward to...

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      Keep the lines of communication open with your wife. You are wondering what will happen from afar and she is making appointments and facing this.

      Going organic never hurts in my opinion.

      Be positive. Many of us opt for
      Minimal surgery and follow the dr. Keep her and you looking forward to normal.

      You will notice changes as she emotionally processes this. You process it too.

      Best to you both.

      Comment
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      None of us here are able or should give medical advice or opinions, Even an oncologist wouldn't do that without reviewing your wife's medical records. Of course you are beside yourself being separated from you wife when she has had a devastating diagnosis but you shouldn't advise her either way...

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      None of us here are able or should give medical advice or opinions, Even an oncologist wouldn't do that without reviewing your wife's medical records. Of course you are beside yourself being separated from you wife when she has had a devastating diagnosis but you shouldn't advise her either way to get or not get surgery, Your best bet is to make sure she gets in a well respected hospital, in my opinion a teaching hospital is the best option. Your wife would then be treated by a team which in itself would guarantee oversight because the whole team works together. Best of luck to you and your wife you will definitely be in my prayers.

      Comment
  • meg wallace Profile

    What are the recurrence rates for stage 1 breast cancer (treatment with partial mastectomy, chemotherapy, and radiation)?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years 1 answer
    • Kaz Aki Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Everyone is different, everyone's cancer is different.

      Doctors tell me that my stage 1 high grade invasive ductal carcinoma with lumpectomy chemo radiation has an extremely high CURE rate, meaning I will die from some other issue when I am good and really really old, but not from this...

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      Everyone is different, everyone's cancer is different.

      Doctors tell me that my stage 1 high grade invasive ductal carcinoma with lumpectomy chemo radiation has an extremely high CURE rate, meaning I will die from some other issue when I am good and really really old, but not from this breast cancer. That does not mean, however, that I won't get a new and different cancer at some point in my life.

      Comment
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    My joints ache after chemo treatment. Any suggestions?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    over 7 years 6 answers
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    • Traciann brundage Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I have used that joint juice stuff and a lot of water . They have it by the ensure stuff , it helps because the chemo dehydrates every part if you . I mean every part .

      Comment
    • Traciann brundage Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Claritin and Tylenol pm at night

      Comment

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