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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

  • can neck and shoulder blade pain, be signs of breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    11 months ago 5 answers
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    • anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I have had shoulder neck pain years prior it was rotator cuff nothing to do with breast cancer but did make my shoulder problem worse

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    • anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Hilda,

      If you are worried, get an appointment with your doctor. Are you getting regular mammograms and doing monthly self-checks? Are you having any lumps in your breasts, inverted nipples, dimples in the skin of your breasts? Do you have a family history of breast cancer? Google signs and...

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      Hilda,

      If you are worried, get an appointment with your doctor. Are you getting regular mammograms and doing monthly self-checks? Are you having any lumps in your breasts, inverted nipples, dimples in the skin of your breasts? Do you have a family history of breast cancer? Google signs and symptoms of breast cancer.... you will get a list of them. Don't waste time asking here... we aren't doctors. You need some peace of mind.... get a check-up. Take care, Sharon

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  • Is Stage 4 breast cancer cureable?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 3 years ago 4 answers
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    • anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      The mind is very powerful and your sister must believe she can get better. You must find a doctor that will give you hope. There are people that die from cancer when they are not that sick and people who are cured that are very sick. There are great medications that can help your sister get...

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      The mind is very powerful and your sister must believe she can get better. You must find a doctor that will give you hope. There are people that die from cancer when they are not that sick and people who are cured that are very sick. There are great medications that can help your sister get better or even live for a very long time with cancer. Remember that God loves you and will help and guide you if you ask. God bless you and I will pray for you. Please let us know how your sister progresses.

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    • anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I too have stage I'v breast cancer no cure yet I have four spots on my bones right now I'm keeping it under control I took radiation now I'm taking zometa and falsodex once a month I'm a believer in Jesus Christ so I think that's why I'm doing so good I've had this for ten months and doing great...

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      I too have stage I'v breast cancer no cure yet I have four spots on my bones right now I'm keeping it under control I took radiation now I'm taking zometa and falsodex once a month I'm a believer in Jesus Christ so I think that's why I'm doing so good I've had this for ten months and doing great a little pain but not bad I take it one day at a time

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  • What is the link between eating soy and breast cancer? Is it something I should or should not be eating?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2B Patient
    about 2 years ago 5 answers
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Same here as the other posts. My onc didn't say I had to avoid it but i don't consume soy milk, etc-ER, PR +. but I don't read labels. I figure Femara will take care of those traces. I don't stress over it. I enjoy food too much. :-) Jo

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    • anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      In my case three docs and a nutritionist advised me to stay away from soy as it can cause your body to produce estrogen. It is challenging to avoid soy, but it fights with my meds.

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