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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.

Related Questions

  • How likely am I to get breast cancer if it runs in my family?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 3 years ago 2 answers
    • anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      If you have a grandmother, mother, sister, or daughter who has been diagnosed with breast cancer, this does put you in a higher risk group. Have a baseline mammogram at least five years before the age of breast cancer onset in any close relatives, or starting at age 35. See your physician at any...

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      If you have a grandmother, mother, sister, or daughter who has been diagnosed with breast cancer, this does put you in a higher risk group. Have a baseline mammogram at least five years before the age of breast cancer onset in any close relatives, or starting at age 35. See your physician at any sign of unusual symptoms.

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    • anonymous
      Stage 3C Patient

      Also, you can consider getting genetic testing for the brca gene, which puts one at higher risk for breast and ovarian cancer. Some insurance companies pay for the test.

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    Is this a place to find online support

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    11 months ago 3 answers
    • anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      One place yes

      3 comments
    • anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      Yes! Please feel free to ask questions about breast cancer. We are not doctors, mostly survivors , and are willing to share our experiences. We are here for you!

      1 comment
  • Finally meeting my oncologist for the first time tomorrow! I'm so ready to get this ball rolling! What should I expect?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 2 years ago 8 answers
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    • anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I just liked what everyone said because they said it all. The only thing I can suggest is look at your self in the in the mirrior and see how important and beautiful you are. Then go put on you big girl warrior panties and kick cancer's backside. We have all been there and will be with you...

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      I just liked what everyone said because they said it all. The only thing I can suggest is look at your self in the in the mirrior and see how important and beautiful you are. Then go put on you big girl warrior panties and kick cancer's backside. We have all been there and will be with you everystep of the way. God Bless you on your journey. Your husband and mom are warriors too.

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    • anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Awesome!!! Thank you so much ladies. My husband and my mom are both coming with as they do with every appt:) I have a whole binder with papers and notes and questions! You can never be to prepared:) thanks again ladies for doing what you do and always being there!

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