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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

  • What is HR2 cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 3 years ago 3 answers
    • anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Her2 receptors are present in 20% ish breast cancers. My oncologist told me that it was like putting lighter fluid on a fire - burns faster and more aggressive so spreads more easily/faster. My lymph swelled up to a golf ball pretty much overnight so very aggressive. New treatment called...

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      Her2 receptors are present in 20% ish breast cancers. My oncologist told me that it was like putting lighter fluid on a fire - burns faster and more aggressive so spreads more easily/faster. My lymph swelled up to a golf ball pretty much overnight so very aggressive. New treatment called Herceptin Is saving lives by dealing with this receptor......

      Comment
    • anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Check at the Mayo Clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/breast-cancer/AN00495

      Comment
  • Missing

    I had mammo, then us and now they want me to have MRI but no biopsy. Is this normal procedure? My ins. did not want to pay for MRI but my doctor sent appeal and they approved it. The radiologist said probable cause for concern. what does this mean?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 1 year ago 10 answers
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    • anonymous
      Patient

      I had the same process. The mamogram did not show tumors. My symptom was a bleeding nipple.The Dr. had a gut feeling that there was something going on. They did the MRI, showed areas of concern. They then proceeded with the biopsy. Showed no cancer. The surgeon encouraged me strongly to have a...

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      I had the same process. The mamogram did not show tumors. My symptom was a bleeding nipple.The Dr. had a gut feeling that there was something going on. They did the MRI, showed areas of concern. They then proceeded with the biopsy. Showed no cancer. The surgeon encouraged me strongly to have a lumpectomy, as again, he had that gut feeling. He performed that lumpectomy and he found 5 tumors, 2 large in my breast. He saved my life. No real answer as to why my tumors did not show. I hope your results are different, but I will be forever grateful my surgeon was persistent.

      Comment
    • anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had a mammogram then ultrasound. Came back BI_RAD 5. I had a great radiologist! Biopsy (malignant)then they had me do MRI w/contrast.2days later,another ultrasound.then wanted me to have MRI guided biopsy. I opted out cuz I'm getting a bilateral masectomy but I honestly hope your dr is just...

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      I had a mammogram then ultrasound. Came back BI_RAD 5. I had a great radiologist! Biopsy (malignant)then they had me do MRI w/contrast.2days later,another ultrasound.then wanted me to have MRI guided biopsy. I opted out cuz I'm getting a bilateral masectomy but I honestly hope your dr is just being cautious!! Some dr are hard to convince w tests.:-) also MRI picked up R sided masses that mammo&U.S missed. Good luck

      Comment
  • how do they know if it has spread to any nodes?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 1 year ago 5 answers
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    • anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      They can do a sentinel node study where a radioactive dye is injected the day prior to surgery and see if any of them "light up" so to speak. They can also remove some and test them like my surgeon elected to do when she did my mastectomy.

      2 comments
    • anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      I recommend the PET scan - my sentinel nodes came back clear. In my case my cancer skipped the first set and went to the second set (small percent this happens) Until I had the PET scan and they found no cancer in other parts of my body but did find it in the nodes (4/16) I never had a feeling...

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      I recommend the PET scan - my sentinel nodes came back clear. In my case my cancer skipped the first set and went to the second set (small percent this happens) Until I had the PET scan and they found no cancer in other parts of my body but did find it in the nodes (4/16) I never had a feeling that I would get through this and survive. I just felt that there was more that was missing from the diagnosis and treatment plan.

      Trust your gut. Do what makes you feel better or comfortable together with your doctor. Make a plan together. Hugs and my thoughts are with you as you travel with us.

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