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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.

Related Questions

  • Missing

    I will have my 1 1/2 year check up mammogram on Tuesday, I am so nervous, fear that cancer is back

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2B Patient
    5 months ago 12 answers
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    • anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I'm 3 years out and I worry every Feb and August. The worry and fear are the same I just deal with a little better each time. I always sit in the car and thank God and cry when it's all done.

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    • anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I am at 6 years and have my annual mammogram the end of this month. I still worry, it is something that is always with you. The fear has become less intense over the years. Instead of worrying for weeks,now I only worry the night before.
      I am SO with Marianne.... afterward, I always sit in my...

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      I am at 6 years and have my annual mammogram the end of this month. I still worry, it is something that is always with you. The fear has become less intense over the years. Instead of worrying for weeks,now I only worry the night before.
      I am SO with Marianne.... afterward, I always sit in my car, cry, and thank God. I bet you will be just fine. So... do what Marianne and I do.... sit in your car, cry, and thank God. Hang in there, take care, Sharon

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    I am wondering if anyone has had persistent fatigue after breast cancer, radiation and taking Tamoxifen 20 mg? I am 3 years out and have to nap every day! I sometimes feel like the radiation destroyed me!

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 3 years ago 7 answers
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    • anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      7 month survivor, radiation, no chemo, taking arimidex. Fatigue has been the worse side effect.

      4 comments
    • anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I am on my third year after chemo and radiation. Had stage 2 BC. I am on tamoxifen and Effexor. let me tell you the Effexor gives me more energy than I can handle. Had to get the dosage corrected a couple of times. I highly recommend it if you are tired all the time. Don't even feel like I went...

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      I am on my third year after chemo and radiation. Had stage 2 BC. I am on tamoxifen and Effexor. let me tell you the Effexor gives me more energy than I can handle. Had to get the dosage corrected a couple of times. I highly recommend it if you are tired all the time. Don't even feel like I went through radiation or chemo. I am blessed with the best oncologist in Georgia !

      4 comments
  • Does having breast cancer affect your period?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 3 years ago 2 answers
    • anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      Chemotherapy can affect your period. Depending upon ones age, chemotherapy can thrust a patient into early menopause with all the "wonderful" side effects of menopause. The closer one is to menopausal age when starting chemotherapy, the less chance periods will return when treatment is finished.

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    • anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Tamoxifen also affects your period. I am 41 and have been on tamoxifen for two years. I have not had a period since October of last year. Each person is unique so be sure to check with your doctor.

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