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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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    How can one detect breast cancer early on her own?

    Asked by anonymous

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

      Norma is right about following your gut feeling. Four years ago I found a lump and got a mammogram. Nothing showed up on mammo but a biopsy proved my concern was valid. In february of this year I found a lump under my arm that doctor pooh poohed as nothing. I insisted on further testing and had 9...

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      Norma is right about following your gut feeling. Four years ago I found a lump and got a mammogram. Nothing showed up on mammo but a biopsy proved my concern was valid. In february of this year I found a lump under my arm that doctor pooh poohed as nothing. I insisted on further testing and had 9 positive nodes removed 2 wks later Listen to your gut and be your own best advocate. It's your body.

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    • anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      You can check your breast often, get mamo when you should and if anything feels funny such as in my case just a funny feeling....let your Dr. Know!

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    I already have breast cancer. There is another lesion you can see it on ultrasound but not MRI should I be worried?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 1 year ago 5 answers
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    • anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Breathe. If it is something they have caught it, if its nothing then you would be stressing for not. This is all scary. Prayers to you. And a big hug.

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    • anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      Well, telling you not to worry would be silly. Just don't make yourself sick over it. You are already undergoing treatment, I assume, for the cancer so find out what this lesion is and have it taken care of as well. You've already gotten the big scary news so what else CAN they tell you? If...

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      Well, telling you not to worry would be silly. Just don't make yourself sick over it. You are already undergoing treatment, I assume, for the cancer so find out what this lesion is and have it taken care of as well. You've already gotten the big scary news so what else CAN they tell you? If you have a second spot they will take care of that too. Just take care of yourself and find comfort where you can. You definitely have us! Hugs.

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    Anyone have a chemo modification? Doc says its normal. I've completed 4/6 bearable tx but ended up with a fever & dehydrated after #4. Doc says if he doesn't do a mod I'll end up in the hospital, he's reducing my dose by 25% for last 2 tx, this normal?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    almost 2 years ago 4 answers
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    • anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      I had to stop my chemo at 5 tx instead of 6, i was just too sick n my blood work was awful. My onco felt that 5 was enough as i had a very small ICD tumor and would still had another 9 months of herceptin. It is very common, from what i understand, to modify treatment plan.

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    • anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Sonia,
      As I call it ~a course correction~ they do happen all the time. It is quite common if a woman can't tolerate the chemotherapy, oncologists adjust the dosages or how many courses a patient has. Sounds like you have a very wise, intelligent, thoughtful oncologist. Don't worry, he is doing...

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      Sonia,
      As I call it ~a course correction~ they do happen all the time. It is quite common if a woman can't tolerate the chemotherapy, oncologists adjust the dosages or how many courses a patient has. Sounds like you have a very wise, intelligent, thoughtful oncologist. Don't worry, he is doing his job well. Take care, Sharon

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