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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

  • does size of lump determine stage of cancer

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 1 year ago 4 answers
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    • anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      As I understand it, that is only one factor in determining stage.

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    • anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      The size is what kicked me into stage 3.

      1 comment
  • 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
    about 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.

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    • 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.

      1 comment
  • What is breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 2 years ago 1 answers
    • anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      There is another tab called "Learn" at this website and it has some great information. I hope that helps.

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