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Introduction

Chapter: 1 - Introduction

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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.

Related Questions

  • hello... my mom was advised by her oncologist after the radial mastectomy to have Herceptin every 3 weeks for 13 sessions... what should we expect during the treatment...

    Asked by anonymous

    Family Member or Loved One
    over 1 year ago 2 answers
    • anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I have been on herceptin since last Jan and have 3 more sessions and I have not had one problem! Honestly, it will be such an advantage to her. My oncologist described herceptin as a "home run drug" in cancer treatment in the last 10 years. He said it's such an incredible advancement and women...

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      I have been on herceptin since last Jan and have 3 more sessions and I have not had one problem! Honestly, it will be such an advantage to her. My oncologist described herceptin as a "home run drug" in cancer treatment in the last 10 years. He said it's such an incredible advancement and women with HER2 tumors now have a great prognosis. Encourage her to consider it!

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    • anonymous
      Patient

      The herceptin is tolerable , it does give some side effects like runny nose , brittle nails , shortness of breath and stomach issues maybe a little tired then it passes .. I have been on it for about 9 months n counting . I just ran a 10k on turkey day and that was a day after herceptin ! Woo...

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      The herceptin is tolerable , it does give some side effects like runny nose , brittle nails , shortness of breath and stomach issues maybe a little tired then it passes .. I have been on it for about 9 months n counting . I just ran a 10k on turkey day and that was a day after herceptin ! Woo hoo! exercise is a great thing to do to help us heal at any age , even walking or whatever activity ur mom might enjoy maybe u can do together. One day at a time :-)

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  • 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 1 year ago 1 answers
    • 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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  • What are your thoughts of people who do the gene test, it comes back positive, and they go in for surgery, reconstruction, etc? Me? I'd rather get regular testing, and avoid the pain, etc.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 1 year ago 5 answers
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    • anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      As you can see, different feelings from everyone. Myself, came out brca 2 pos. opted for the double mastectomy with prophylactic hysterectomy. I obviously had breast cancer once, chances are way too high I'd see it again in my lifetime. Pain us relative and more easily treatable than cancer. I...

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      As you can see, different feelings from everyone. Myself, came out brca 2 pos. opted for the double mastectomy with prophylactic hysterectomy. I obviously had breast cancer once, chances are way too high I'd see it again in my lifetime. Pain us relative and more easily treatable than cancer. I just finished everything in December. Would do it again in a heartbeat.

      Comment
    • anonymous
      Stage 3A Patient

      I think that's the wonderful thing about having a choice, not everyone would choose the same route. I'm 25 and have a lot of years to live which also means a lot of years for reoccurrence to happen and would rather go through the surgery now to hopefully stop it from ever coming back. For me it...

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      I think that's the wonderful thing about having a choice, not everyone would choose the same route. I'm 25 and have a lot of years to live which also means a lot of years for reoccurrence to happen and would rather go through the surgery now to hopefully stop it from ever coming back. For me it was an easy choice I made before my testing even came back positive, I knew what route I would take even before seeing the reoccurrence chance %'s. Luckily everyone is different and at least here in Canada, has the choice with how they want to handle a positive test. I have some family members who want to be tested, and some that don't, and that's 100% their choice, but at least they are aware and can get regular screening.

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