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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.

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    i may have to start radiation soon and the only timy i can do it is BEFORE i go to work? any advice? I'm a banker and i cannot miss work or risk being fired since my husband has decided he wants to leave me. i need the money...

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 1 year ago 12 answers
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    • anonymous
      Patient

      Radiation is fast and easy. You can have your treatment and go to work with no problem. As for your husband--I'm so sorry to hear that he's such a coward. He has no idea how tough we women can be. Keep your chin up and know that your in my prayers. Post often and let us know how you're...

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      Radiation is fast and easy. You can have your treatment and go to work with no problem. As for your husband--I'm so sorry to hear that he's such a coward. He has no idea how tough we women can be. Keep your chin up and know that your in my prayers. Post often and let us know how you're doing. This site is a blessing!

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    • anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Apply for Family Medical Leave Act. It protects your job. You should be able to miss time without fear of loosing your job. Maybe the small amounts of time won't ruin your financial stability. Any Short term disability benefits?

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  • Could four months of using HRT between April to July 2011 have caused my now diagnosis of breast cancer 12.1.2012?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 2 years ago 4 answers
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    • anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Hi Aliza, I'm not a Dr., but in my opinion it wouldn't seem likely that just four months of hrt would be the cause of your cancer. I know hrt can be one of the risk factors along with so many other things. There are people with cancer that don't have any risk factors whatsoever. I had no history...

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      Hi Aliza, I'm not a Dr., but in my opinion it wouldn't seem likely that just four months of hrt would be the cause of your cancer. I know hrt can be one of the risk factors along with so many other things. There are people with cancer that don't have any risk factors whatsoever. I had no history of breast cancer in my family, followed a good diet, exercised, didn't smoke, etc. It's very common to question what caused our cancer. When I was first diagnosed I went over & over in my mind what I might have done to cause my cancer. I finally gave in to the fact that I would never know if there was something I could have done to prevent it and start focusing on my healing. Thoughts & prayers to you in your journey to wellness. Hugs, Diana

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    • anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      My doctor told me that the cancer in me was growing from anywhere from 2.5 to 5 years before I found it. My tumor was 1.8cm when I found it. I would have to say that I highly doubt if there is any link. Your doctor should be able to confirm that.

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  • anybody had skin allergies and itchiness while on herceptin and radiation therapy?

    Asked by anonymous

    Family Member or Loved One
    over 1 year ago 5 answers
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    • anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      I am itchy and have hives. My doctor gives me benadryl with each infusion and I take it for a day after infusion. It really helps. Good luck.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I only had itchiness in the breast. My skin was very dry and sunburned from radiation I used Aquaphor on a regular and it stopped. Good luck & God Bless you and your family.

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