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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 can I expect from a surgery biopsy and how soon are the results shared? A lump on breast is about 3.5 cm was aspirated and resulted in a bloody liquid and revealed another behind it. (3cm with hardened walls and atypical cells...I'm scared)

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 2 years ago 3 answers
    • anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Hi DD, yes it's very scary waiting. It usually takes at least two days (sometimes longer) to get the biopsy results in. While you're waiting ...know that 80% of biopsies are negative. I pray you're in that 80%. Hugs

      Comment
    • anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I was scared too so I know how you feel. Try not to worry until you know for sure what is going on. Remember God loves you and will help you through if you just ask.

      Comment
  • I need help with early detection. I have no insurance or job. Any advice?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 1 year ago 8 answers
    • View all 8 answers
    • anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      PLEASE LOOK FOR MY SECOND POSTING... I FOUND THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT IN YOUR TOWN THAT WILL DO BREAST SCREENINGS (MAMMOGRAMS) ADDRESS AND PHONE NUMBERS INCLUDED. Sharon

      Roberta,
      My other "Sisters" here have given you good advice about where to check for care. Right now, what you need is a...

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      PLEASE LOOK FOR MY SECOND POSTING... I FOUND THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT IN YOUR TOWN THAT WILL DO BREAST SCREENINGS (MAMMOGRAMS) ADDRESS AND PHONE NUMBERS INCLUDED. Sharon

      Roberta,
      My other "Sisters" here have given you good advice about where to check for care. Right now, what you need is a mammogram. I would also check with the closest American Cancer Society, Planned Parenthood, Susan G. Komen.Org. The latter two, generally have funding for free mammograms. October, is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. You have proven in spite of so many tough breaks in your life to be one stong cookie and a complete and total survivor. I wouldn't go pushing the breast cancer panic button. So many times, these can turn out to be nothing more than a scary time! Please start checking these places TOMORROW! I want you to get in to have a mammogram somewhere asap. We care about what you are going through right now. PLEASE keep in touch with us. We will help and support you as much as we can out here. Take care and God's blessings, Sharon

      Comment
    • anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Roberta,
      So I went to one of my best friend's "Mr. Google". The Health Department in your town WILL do breast screenings. Here is the office and phone numbers. It also had a list of services they perform. This is the part that pertains to you. You call them tomorrow and get in to get a...

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      Roberta,
      So I went to one of my best friend's "Mr. Google". The Health Department in your town WILL do breast screenings. Here is the office and phone numbers. It also had a list of services they perform. This is the part that pertains to you. You call them tomorrow and get in to get a mammogram .... please! Keep scrolling down. Sharon
      Clinic Location & Contact Information

      1808 South Hickory
      Sapulpa, Oklahoma 74066
      (918) 224-5531 Phone
      (918) 224-1739 Fax

      Adult Health
      Clinic provides annual health exams for adults of all ages both male and female. Services included are: Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening and treatment referral, Prostate Education, Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD’s) testing, along with screening and monitoring of the following chronic diseases; Cholesterol, High Blood Pressure, Diabetes.

      Comment
  • Missing

    I also had a bone scan of my hips and the raduim what ever they put into my vein also showed bright white and glowing on my hip where I have been having pain...does that mean the cancer has spread to my bones?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 1 year ago 5 answers
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    • anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      No matter what keep ur faith,,, with faith it's all possible. I remember ur feeling,the day after my bone scan I met a waiter at chilies that told me he was in remission for stage4 bone cancer so anyway don't fret take whatever cards u givin and fight and make ur case to god ,,, gob less ya:)

      Comment
    • anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Hi Chris, great news from your doctor. Thank God. Hang in -- like I said, don't get ahead of yourself. Think positive -- so far, so good!

      Comment

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