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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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    Is there a link between oral contraceptives and breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years 2 answers
    • Janelle Strunk Profile
      anonymous
      Family Member or Loved One

      That is a great question - and it is a question that researchers continue to ask...
      According to the National Cancer Institute, a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer depends on several factors, some of which are related to her natural hormones. Hormonal factors that increase the risk of...

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      That is a great question - and it is a question that researchers continue to ask...
      According to the National Cancer Institute, a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer depends on several factors, some of which are related to her natural hormones. Hormonal factors that increase the risk of breast cancer include conditions that may allow high levels of hormones to persist for long periods of time, such as beginning menstruation at an early age (before age 12), experiencing menopause at a late age (after age 55), having a first child after age 30, and not having children at all.

      One study found that that women who were current or recent users of birth control pills had a slightly elevated risk of developing breast cancer. Interestingly, this same study suggested that 10 or more years after women stopped using oral contraceptives, their risk of developing breast cancer returned to the same level as if they had never used birth control pills, regardless of family history of breast cancer, reproductive history, geographic area of residence, ethnic background, differences in study design, dose and type of hormone, or duration of use. However, another study indicated that current or former use of oral contraceptives did not significantly increase the risk of breast cancer.

      Overall, there is not currently any conclusive evidence about the link between oral contraceptives an breast cancer.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hello every one.
      I'm Christina Brayn. I'm from US-Dallas. I'm am so excited am a Complete woman Again, I Was Infected With Herpes virus since 3 Years now I am devastated and am finding it hard to cope i was emotionally down I Have Been Seriously Praying To God And Searching For Cure.So as I was...

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      Hello every one.
      I'm Christina Brayn. I'm from US-Dallas. I'm am so excited am a Complete woman Again, I Was Infected With Herpes virus since 3 Years now I am devastated and am finding it hard to cope i was emotionally down I Have Been Seriously Praying To God And Searching For Cure.So as I was browsing through the Internet one day, I came across a website that suggested that Dr. IyaryI can help cure any type of virus like Herpes, Hiv/Aids cancer and Asthma…e.t.c And I Contacted Him, He Sent Me A Medicine And Directed Me On How I Will Take The Medicine For 21 Days, I Did So And Went For A Test And My Result Came Out As Negative. I Am So Happy, I Shared Tears Of Happiness And I Have Taken It Upon My Self To Always Testify About How God Used Dr. IyaryI To Solve My Problem. I Am A Clean woman Now, Without Any Virus If You Are Infected With Any Disease Like HIV AIDS, CANCER ,HERPES Or Any Other Disease You Can Also Be Happy Like Me By Contacting Dr. Iyaryi Through His Email driayaryi2012@hotmail.com And also Reach him on WhatsApp Number: +2349057915709 Thanks Dr. Iyaryi driayaryi2012@hotmail.com

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    Is this a place to find online support

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 6 years 3 answers
    • Leah Fortune Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      One place yes

      3 comments
    • Life is Good! Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      Yes! Please feel free to ask questions about breast cancer. We are not doctors, mostly survivors , and are willing to share our experiences. We are here for you!

      1 comment
  • 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
    about 7 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!

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    What does it mean when it says 98% live a year with stage 2... when the charts say its a 98% expectancy for 8 years what does that actually mean???

    Asked by anonymous

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

      I agree with Sharon. When I was newly diagnosed I looked at the stats online. For one thing, they're very outdated. And for another, every woman is different. I stopped looking at stats and when I did choose to go online, I looked up survivor stories instead. :)

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    • Evelyn Heilbrunn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I don't think the statistics are worth the paper they're written on, and I've never paid a lot of attention to them. (I've had breast cancer twice -- first time Stage 1B, this time Stage 2A). Generally, the survival stats go down the more advanced and aggressive the cancer is. In reality,...

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      I don't think the statistics are worth the paper they're written on, and I've never paid a lot of attention to them. (I've had breast cancer twice -- first time Stage 1B, this time Stage 2A). Generally, the survival stats go down the more advanced and aggressive the cancer is. In reality, treatments have become so advanced between my 1st bout in 2000 and my second in 2011 that I meet people in the chemo room who have had advanced cancer for several years or more. They come in for regular "boosts" of chemo and go on and live their lives.

      So don't jump to any conclusions based on statistics. Rely on your doctor and ask him any questions you may have.

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