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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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  • kim sosa Profile

    I was diagnosed IDCS stage 2 or 3A and everyone from Dr. to my bc sisters always tell me I should be around to watch my children grow up. But then the Dr. that works with my chemo Dr. tells me my survival rate doesn't look good. Those words crushed me

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years 11 answers
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    • Erin Timlin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I agree w everyone. You need another doctor who is going to be encouraging and positive and will fight with you!! I was dx w invasive ductal in Oct. It was stage 2 with nodal involvement and I am doing great. The chemo completely dissolved the tumor and I had surgery Wed to excise the tissue and...

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      I agree w everyone. You need another doctor who is going to be encouraging and positive and will fight with you!! I was dx w invasive ductal in Oct. It was stage 2 with nodal involvement and I am doing great. The chemo completely dissolved the tumor and I had surgery Wed to excise the tissue and nodes. I have 2 little girls and I've been fighting since the start to see them grow up. You have great survival hope but you need positive people treating you!

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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      That's horrible Kim! What an awful thing to say!!! Don't you listen to that. Is this your oncologist? Your doctor should be encouraging & hopeful! It's so important in your healing. No one knows but God how long you have left on this earth. I began my journey with stage 3C last May. And now I'm...

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      That's horrible Kim! What an awful thing to say!!! Don't you listen to that. Is this your oncologist? Your doctor should be encouraging & hopeful! It's so important in your healing. No one knows but God how long you have left on this earth. I began my journey with stage 3C last May. And now I'm cancer free!!!! There is always always always hope!!!! think this doctor should be booted to the curb!

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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 3 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.

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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.

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  • angelia jones Profile

    Has anyone else had over 34 lymph nodes removed and 31 come back postive for cancer

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 3C Patient
    almost 6 years 4 answers
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    • julie s Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      I did not but happened to a dear friend of mine. She soldiered up and fought the fight and is cancer free!

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    • Teresa Johnson Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      My lymphadema therapist told me we have about 24-26 lymph nodes under each arm. I have 18 removed and 17 were completely cancer. I have had chemo, now going through radiation and have had a PET scan. I am completely cancer free right now. I've had a hysterectomy so will be on Tomoxifen for 10...

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      My lymphadema therapist told me we have about 24-26 lymph nodes under each arm. I have 18 removed and 17 were completely cancer. I have had chemo, now going through radiation and have had a PET scan. I am completely cancer free right now. I've had a hysterectomy so will be on Tomoxifen for 10 years. I was stage 3C bc. With that many nodes positive it means you have a higher staging, but not necessarily stage 4 which means the cancer has metasticized to somewhere else. Stage 3 is still very curable with the correct meds, treatments, follow-ups and monitoring. Of course prayer and a positive attitude helps too. I have high expectations for myself and for you too.

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  • Rafi Togoo Profile

    My mother (65 years old) has stage 4 breast cancer with bone metastasis. She is advised herceptin and chemotherapy every three weeks. Chemotherapy is for 6 cycles. How long do we have to continue with herceptin?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 4 answers
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    • Catherine Nodurft Profile
      anonymous
      Family Member or Loved One

      Sometimes doctors prescribe Herceptin for 1+ years, but it depends. Ask her oncologist what they recommend for your mother's case.

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    • Isabel Souchet Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      I had chemotherapy with herceptin for 5 treatments n then another 9 months, every three weeks, of herceptin.

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