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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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    I just found out I got breast cancer I dont have money or insurance to pay for surgery what should I do?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 2 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Perhaps your hospital or imaging center has a patient navigator. They should be able to help you find what you need and they don't charge for their services. I used one more for comfort than anything else but she was there for me, even observed my surgery at the invite of the surgeon whom she...

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      Perhaps your hospital or imaging center has a patient navigator. They should be able to help you find what you need and they don't charge for their services. I used one more for comfort than anything else but she was there for me, even observed my surgery at the invite of the surgeon whom she knows very well. A hospital social worker maybe another resource available.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      check with the state you live in they might have programs for people with serious illnesses. You may also qualify for Medicaid which is a Federal program. I would do what Betti had suggested 1st...they can point you in the right direction. Don't forget about contacting your local American...

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      check with the state you live in they might have programs for people with serious illnesses. You may also qualify for Medicaid which is a Federal program. I would do what Betti had suggested 1st...they can point you in the right direction. Don't forget about contacting your local American Cancer society, they might also direct you. You can also "google" "help for cancer patient no insurance in (enter your state)" You have to hunt for the help....you can do a lot of searching right on the internet. Good luck to you. Take care, Sharon

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  • aliza francis Profile

    Could four months of using HRT between April to July 2011 have caused my now diagnosis of breast cancer 12.1.2012?

    Asked by anonymous

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

      Hi Aliza, I'm not a Dr., but in my opinion it wouldn't seem likely that just four months of hrt would be the cause of your cancer. I know hrt can be one of the risk factors along with so many other things. There are people with cancer that don't have any risk factors whatsoever. I had no history...

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      Hi Aliza, I'm not a Dr., but in my opinion it wouldn't seem likely that just four months of hrt would be the cause of your cancer. I know hrt can be one of the risk factors along with so many other things. There are people with cancer that don't have any risk factors whatsoever. I had no history of breast cancer in my family, followed a good diet, exercised, didn't smoke, etc. It's very common to question what caused our cancer. When I was first diagnosed I went over & over in my mind what I might have done to cause my cancer. I finally gave in to the fact that I would never know if there was something I could have done to prevent it and start focusing on my healing. Thoughts & prayers to you in your journey to wellness. Hugs, Diana

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    • aliza francis Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thank you so much for your reply,story. Sounds like you have had an arduous journey with breast cancer and I truly admire your courage and positivity. My journey has just begun, and I would like to keep you informed along the way if that's alright with you. Thank God for daughters and sisters who...

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      Thank you so much for your reply,story. Sounds like you have had an arduous journey with breast cancer and I truly admire your courage and positivity. My journey has just begun, and I would like to keep you informed along the way if that's alright with you. Thank God for daughters and sisters who are right beside and with me as this journey begins and concludes. I pray after all you have been through that life will be extra kind to you now. god bless you. Judy, Alizas Mum.

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    My throat is soar...they said it might get like that due to radiating my lymph nodes..."If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything."

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 3 answers
    • Erin Timlin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Norma, do they have your head positioned in such a way that your throat is out of the way as much as possible? I also had my super clav area radiated and when they positioned me initially they made sure my head was turned to the left (rads on right side) and that's the way they shaped my...

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      Norma, do they have your head positioned in such a way that your throat is out of the way as much as possible? I also had my super clav area radiated and when they positioned me initially they made sure my head was turned to the left (rads on right side) and that's the way they shaped my pillow. They try and get your throat positioned so it's not affected. I did have a slight sore throat at one point, but it didn't last. However, if it persists for you then you need to tell someone and make sure your positioning is correct. Good luck!

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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      That happened to me........the doctor and the techs had me(they were radiating my right breast) turn my head to the left. It lifted my throat out of the way. I turned my head almost 90 degrees to the left. It worked untill itworked ensure and popsicles.

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  • Kimberly Oliver Profile

    Just want to say hello, I'm new here & just want to help others where I can. =)

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2009
    about 6 years 7 answers
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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Hi and welcome

      1 comment
    • S M Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 3A Patient

      Welcome Kimberly, I have learned so much on this site. A lot of the ladies are now doing Facebook. Which I don't do. Again Welcome.

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