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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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    My mother just recently got a double masectomy.She is going to start chemo in a few weeks.It will be once every two weeks for a few months(hardest time)then she will have once a week chemo for few months.Just wanted to hear positive experiences from you!

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 2 years ago 3 answers
    • anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      I have chemo every Friday and the third Friday I have Taxater, Herceptin and Charbo. The triple cocktail kicks my butt for a week. My Dr. Is giving me extra nausea and fluids to help me. So far it's working but fighting low energy.

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    • anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Prayer, positive attitude & lots of water. There are different forms of breast cancer & the many ways to deal with it. Surgery, radiation & different regimens of chemo. We are effected & experience things differently. The one thing we all have in common is each other. She is not alone. We are all...

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      Prayer, positive attitude & lots of water. There are different forms of breast cancer & the many ways to deal with it. Surgery, radiation & different regimens of chemo. We are effected & experience things differently. The one thing we all have in common is each other. She is not alone. We are all her for her & for you. No question is too personal. Prayers to you.

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    what does the mass look like on the ultrasound screen?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    16 days ago 1 answers
    • anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      It depends what kind of "mass" it is. You could have dense breasts and that would show up a certain way. Cysts are usually "black holes" on an ultrasound with borders that are smooth. I think it is very difficult to make sense of an ultrasound if it is anything other than a cyst. If you want...

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      It depends what kind of "mass" it is. You could have dense breasts and that would show up a certain way. Cysts are usually "black holes" on an ultrasound with borders that are smooth. I think it is very difficult to make sense of an ultrasound if it is anything other than a cyst. If you want cancer described again.... it depends on what kind of breast cancer. My ultrasound was done and I had an immediate biopsy. Even though I did have a cancerous tumor, it was never clear to me other than It did have irregular borders on it.

      If your ultrasound doesn't look right, you are scheduled for a biopsy. Even at that.... having to have a biopsy DOES NOT MEAN YOU HAVE CANCER! Many women have biopsy's and they come back NOT cancer. If a doctor or radiologist can't tell by a non invasive test, they then have to take some cells out of the suspicious area and send it to a lab. Did you have a mammogram and you are being sent to have an ultrasound? It's scary but so often these turn out to be nothing but a fluid filled cyst. Take care, Sharon

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    I was just diagnosed and I am devastated! I went to Sloan Kettering and they told me that the area where the (ductal carcinoma in situ) on my breast is very large and that a lumpectomy will leave me deformed.…… HELP?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    3 months ago 10 answers
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    • anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      It takes you a while to absorb all of the information that is coming at you. I, too, could have chosen to have a lumpectomy and would have been left deformed. I would also have had to endure 6 weeks of radiation and chemo. I chose to have a mastectomy and then I could skip the radiation part....

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      It takes you a while to absorb all of the information that is coming at you. I, too, could have chosen to have a lumpectomy and would have been left deformed. I would also have had to endure 6 weeks of radiation and chemo. I chose to have a mastectomy and then I could skip the radiation part. No matter, what you decide, your body is not going to be the same. It is just so much to take in right now. All the testing and the waiting.... the waiting..... We all understand your feeling of shock, we have all been there. Be sure to take your spouse, a family member, a best friend along with you while you are having consultation appointments. Either tape the meetings or have a friend take notes. There are going to be parts of the conversation you won't remember. I wouldn't spend a lot of time on the internet trying to find out about breast cancer. I did this and was sure I was headed for the grave. Turns out I was reading about cancer that wasn't even my type. You have been diagnosed with the most common form of breast cancer. It is "in situ" which means it is somewhat contained..... YIPPEE! Some of those big breast cancer can be some of the least lethel... As for the deformity, plastic surgeons can repair you. I would say, try to calm down, you are going to die. You will go through treatment like all of us do. It's not fun but you will learn a bunch from it and be a pillar of strength after its over. You will be ok. Hang in there, this is about the worst time for you and your mental status. Once you get further into it, you will feel better. Take care, Sharon

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    • anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      I had a similar situation, but I eventually opted for a double mastectomy with reconstruction bc I felt better removing all tissue from both breast even though I had a small tumor in only one. I have no regrets. Take one day at a time and breath. I was diagnosed last October at 32 with a 6 month...

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      I had a similar situation, but I eventually opted for a double mastectomy with reconstruction bc I felt better removing all tissue from both breast even though I had a small tumor in only one. I have no regrets. Take one day at a time and breath. I was diagnosed last October at 32 with a 6 month old baby...I felt like my world was closing in on me. It didn't...and here I am after treatment feeling better every day & genuinely ok and at peace with all that's happened. The beginning is the hardest, as soon as you have a plan in place you'll feel better. My heart really goes out to you. I know how shocking it all feels. I'm actually going to Sloan Kettering next month to meet with an oncologist for another opinion & to follow me as I'll be in NYC a lot this year. Any insight on SK would be appreciated....only when/if you have time. Sending lots of love & positive vibes your way.

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