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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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    has anyone had reconstruction surgery after a mastectomy? If so how was it done? how long did it take to complete? how painful was it? would you do it again?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    about 2 years ago 7 answers
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    • anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had reconstruction same time as my bi lateral mast. I chose the tissue expanders then silicone implants. The expanders were not comfortable and each time they did a fill the more uncomfortable they got. I had them for a year and just recently got my implants in. At

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I think the answers vary based upon what kind of reconstruction you are considering. www.cancersupportcommunity.org just published a new brochure on breast reconstruction that you might find helpful. It's got a great quick reference table in the back that lists the pros and cons of each type...

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      I think the answers vary based upon what kind of reconstruction you are considering. www.cancersupportcommunity.org just published a new brochure on breast reconstruction that you might find helpful. It's got a great quick reference table in the back that lists the pros and cons of each type of reconstruction.

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    And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Cor. 12:9

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 2 years ago 3 answers
    • anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Norma,
      When I was going through treatment, one of my friend's was my Spiritual Advisor. You, are the woman for that opportunity here on our site! Thank you for all the inspirational gifts shared with us. You keep us In Christ and we appreciate your kindness to all of us!
      God's Blessings, take...

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      Norma,
      When I was going through treatment, one of my friend's was my Spiritual Advisor. You, are the woman for that opportunity here on our site! Thank you for all the inspirational gifts shared with us. You keep us In Christ and we appreciate your kindness to all of us!
      God's Blessings, take care, Sharon

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    • anonymous
      Patient

      :). :). :). Thanks and God bless you.

      1 comment
  • I am 17 and have breast cancer, I am afraid I will die. Help.

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 1 Patient
    about 3 years ago 8 answers
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    • anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I'm so sorry you have to go through this so young. I'm 31 and just had a bilateral mastectomy. There have been so many advances in the treatment and reconstruction. You will survive! It's a rough road but there are so many young women that have gone through it and are living full lives. Look up...

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      I'm so sorry you have to go through this so young. I'm 31 and just had a bilateral mastectomy. There have been so many advances in the treatment and reconstruction. You will survive! It's a rough road but there are so many young women that have gone through it and are living full lives. Look up young survival coalition and you can chat with a lot of other young women going through this. Best of luck. Sending hugs your way.

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    • anonymous
      Family Member or Loved One

      Hi Nabega. You post touched my heart! I do not have breast cancer but I am supporting a woman that does and I can tell you this...it is very important to work with your doctors, eat right, stay positive and know that you are a FIGHTER. It is important to keep your body, mind and soul strong for...

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      Hi Nabega. You post touched my heart! I do not have breast cancer but I am supporting a woman that does and I can tell you this...it is very important to work with your doctors, eat right, stay positive and know that you are a FIGHTER. It is important to keep your body, mind and soul strong for this battle but you can win it! Be strong my sister! :)

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