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Linnea's Story

About her story

"I decided that chemo was going to be my friend and that it was going to save me."

In April of 2001, Linnea was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer. Her treatment regimen included chemotherapy and radiation, but she soon discovered that her best medicine was a motherly instinct to survive.

In this poignant video, Linnea talks about how her 10 year old daughter gave her the strength and motivation to move beyond the shock of breast cancer.

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  • Debbie Mattox Profile

    How long does it take to get results back after the initial visit?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 2 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      By initial visit do you mean you visit to the surgeon? Or have you had a mammogram or biopsy done. After my biopsy I had my results within 3 days but you get more results as you go along. Good luck with it all.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I would say the same amount of time from the biopsy to hearing the result.

      Comment
  • Linda Burke Profile

    I just had my first cycle of ACT last week and since then my vision is less sharp. Is that normal? I just had my eyes checked prior to treatment and now everything is blurry. Anyone else?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 1 Patient
    about 6 years 7 answers
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    • Tiffani Warila Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Are you taking compazine for nausea? I had terrible vision problems after my first chemo where I couldn't watch tv, read books/magazines, and couldn't focus on people up close. I traced it back to the compazine (it is one of the "rare" side effects). After I stopped taking that and took the...

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      Are you taking compazine for nausea? I had terrible vision problems after my first chemo where I couldn't watch tv, read books/magazines, and couldn't focus on people up close. I traced it back to the compazine (it is one of the "rare" side effects). After I stopped taking that and took the zofran instead, the vision problems went away! Best of luck to you!

      Comment
    • Tiffani Warila Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Are you taking compazine for nausea? I had terrible vision problems after my first chemo where I couldn't watch tv, read books/magazines, and couldn't focus on people up close. I traced it back to the compazine (it is one of the "rare" side effects). After I stopped taking that and took the...

      more

      Are you taking compazine for nausea? I had terrible vision problems after my first chemo where I couldn't watch tv, read books/magazines, and couldn't focus on people up close. I traced it back to the compazine (it is one of the "rare" side effects). After I stopped taking that and took the zofran instead, the vision problems went away! Best of luck to you!

      Comment
  • sylvia clark Profile

    What if my doctor never mentions the Oncotype test? I am an early stage HER2 positive and had a bilateral mastectomy. Will my chemo will be harsh?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 6 years 6 answers
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    • K G Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I didnt know about it either until I started researching. I asked my oncologist why I didnt have one and he said because it is often used to see if one is going to get chemo or not. They knew I was going to, so there was no use in doing the test. Dont know if that is your case, but it was in...

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      I didnt know about it either until I started researching. I asked my oncologist why I didnt have one and he said because it is often used to see if one is going to get chemo or not. They knew I was going to, so there was no use in doing the test. Dont know if that is your case, but it was in mine. Wish you well!

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    • Mary Foti Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      I had the oncotype DX test but it is my understanding it is not used for all types of breast cancer. I believe it is used specifically for estrogen positive cancers -- I do not think it is used for HER cancers, but your oncologist would know the answer to this.

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  • Lori S Profile

    Does anyone know what is recommended for burns from radiation?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 7 answers
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    • Lori S Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thanks everyone for the info.

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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Hi Lori....I'm going through radiation now. I have 8 more to go! My skin is red but it hasn't broken open yet. My radiation oncologist gave me Aquaphor to use first. If it gets worse they'll prescribe Silver sulfadiazine. But I would go by what your Oncologist recommends. Every dr is different....

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      Hi Lori....I'm going through radiation now. I have 8 more to go! My skin is red but it hasn't broken open yet. My radiation oncologist gave me Aquaphor to use first. If it gets worse they'll prescribe Silver sulfadiazine. But I would go by what your Oncologist recommends. Every dr is different. I know it hurts...I'm right there with ya. How many do you have left to go?

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