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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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  • lori simas Profile

    I have been diagnosed with breast cancer and I am freaking out... Is it bad to research on-line?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 6 answers
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      anonymous
      Family Member or Loved One

      I am so sorry to hear about your diagnosis! I heard that Beyond the Shock was created specifically to help you to get beyond the shock of diagnosis. The informational videos were created with a team of medical experts, so the information you get from these is legitimate. I would recommend...

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      I am so sorry to hear about your diagnosis! I heard that Beyond the Shock was created specifically to help you to get beyond the shock of diagnosis. The informational videos were created with a team of medical experts, so the information you get from these is legitimate. I would recommend watching these (http://beyondtheshock.com/learn). It is okay to be wary of some information that you get online, but there are some good sites such as nbcf.org and cancer.org.

      Hope this helps!

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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Hi Lori, I'm so sorry you are going through this. I have breast cancer as well. I was diagnosed on May 19th of this year. It's a shock when you first find out and scary. There are so many advances in medicine and SO many resources out there for us! As far as going to the web...there are some...

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      Hi Lori, I'm so sorry you are going through this. I have breast cancer as well. I was diagnosed on May 19th of this year. It's a shock when you first find out and scary. There are so many advances in medicine and SO many resources out there for us! As far as going to the web...there are some great sites that have a wealth of information and some to steer clear of. A few of the good legitimate sites I recommend are breastcancer.org (my fav which has great medical info as well as discussion boards to be able to get support and useful info from other women that have been in our shoes) , komen.org, and cancer.org. Those are my three fav. Your local American cancer society is a great source as well. They can send you packets of info and so much more including getting involved with a support group so you can be able to share how you're feeling with other women. I hope this has helped you.
      I wish you all the best in your journey,

      Diana

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    I don't understand what breast cancer is.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 2 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      This is from Breastcancer.org.

      Breast cancer is an uncontrolled growth of breast cells. To better understand breast cancer, it helps to understand how any cancer can develop.

      Cancer occurs as a result of mutations, or abnormal changes, in the genes responsible for regulating the growth of...

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      This is from Breastcancer.org.

      Breast cancer is an uncontrolled growth of breast cells. To better understand breast cancer, it helps to understand how any cancer can develop.

      Cancer occurs as a result of mutations, or abnormal changes, in the genes responsible for regulating the growth of cells and keeping them healthy. The genes are in each cell’s nucleus, which acts as the “control room” of each cell. Normally, the cells in our bodies replace themselves through an orderly process of cell growth: healthy new cells take over as old ones die out. But over time, mutations can “turn on” certain genes and “turn off” others in a cell. That changed cell gains the ability to keep dividing without control or order, producing more cells just like it and forming a tumor.

      A tumor can be benign (not dangerous to health) or malignant (has the potential to be dangerous). Benign tumors are not considered cancerous: their cells are close to normal in appearance, they grow slowly, and they do not invade nearby tissues or spread to other parts of the body. Malignant tumors are cancerous. Left unchecked, malignant cells eventually can spread beyond the original tumor to other parts of the body.

      The term “breast cancer” refers to a malignant tumor that has developed from cells in the breast. Usually breast cancer either begins in the cells of the lobules, which are the milk-producing glands, or the ducts, the passages that drain milk from the lobules to the nipple. Less commonly, breast cancer can begin in the stromal tissues, which include the fatty and fibrous connective tissues of the breast.

      Over time, cancer cells can invade nearby healthy breast tissue and make their way into the underarm lymph nodes, small organs that filter out foreign substances in the body. If cancer cells get into the lymph nodes, they then have a pathway into other parts of the body. The breast cancer’s stage refers to how far the cancer cells have spread beyond the original tumor (see Stages of Breast Cancer table for more information).

      Breast cancer is always caused by a genetic abnormality (a “mistake” in the genetic material). However, only 5-10% of cancers are due to an abnormality inherited from your mother or father. About 90% of breast cancers are due to genetic abnormalities that happen as a result of the aging process and the “wear and tear” of life in general.

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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      It's a plague that kills way to many people. 1 in 8 women will be touched by breast cancer. I don't know how many men are affected wvery year. It's mazing what you can tolerate when your life is on the line. My montra is "my canceris pink but my will is iron."

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  • verna martinez Profile

    if your nipple of the breast was bitten a long time ago and you just leave it for so long is there a possibility to be a breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 1 answer
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Verna,
      Nobody knows what triggers cells to go on a rampage BUT the most important thing, if you have something abnormal going on in your breast, please get it checked. It doesn't matter what caused it, it's what is happening right now. Take care, Sharon

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  • Angie H Profile

    I'm 39, yesterday I was told I have DCIS. I'm trying to decided between having a mastectomy or breast conservation. I would really appreciate any thoughts on either procedure.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 6 years 11 answers
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    • Wendy DeLong Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      It's really a personal decision. Ask lots of questions. I had double mastectomy as the location of my lump would have left my breast in pretty bad shape. Right now you are so overwhelmed. So much information to take in. Have someone with you at appointments and write things down. Tmr makes 1...

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      It's really a personal decision. Ask lots of questions. I had double mastectomy as the location of my lump would have left my breast in pretty bad shape. Right now you are so overwhelmed. So much information to take in. Have someone with you at appointments and write things down. Tmr makes 1 year since my dx. This year has been a whirlwind. Jan 9 I had first mastectomy. Did my 5 mos chemo. Last one being Juve 21. Started tamoxifen July 31. Had second mastectomy Aug 22. I currently have expanders and I just scheduled my permanent implant insertion for Jan 23. Far from a picnic......this is very doable and more than worth the alternative. I wish you all the luck and prayers in the world. Take care , Wendy

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    • Erin Timlin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I had breast conservation after total chemo response from stage 2b IDC. The extensive pathology revealed that I had stage 0 DCIS and I HAD to have the mastectomy. Is your DCIS limited to one general area? That's the only way I believe breast conservation surgery would be viable. AS you know,...

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      I had breast conservation after total chemo response from stage 2b IDC. The extensive pathology revealed that I had stage 0 DCIS and I HAD to have the mastectomy. Is your DCIS limited to one general area? That's the only way I believe breast conservation surgery would be viable. AS you know, the DCIS is not invasive yet, but it certainly has the potential to become so. Then you would likely need more treatment -- such as chemo, radiation, surgery -- so maybe addressing it now would alleviate any future concerns. Definitely consider thoughtfully and make the best decision for you! Good luck and positive wishes.

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