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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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    Has anyone else experienced severe intestinal gas while taking arimidex?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 5 answers
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    Does Tamoxifen make you put on weight? Any other side effects? thanks

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 11 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      As Nancy says... weight gain is a common problem with hormone blocking drugs. I am in my 5th year of Femara. I have probably gained 15 pounds. My oncologist thinks I am doing great. My primary care physician treats me like I am a hog, feasting pizza and donuts. Take care, Sharon

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I have struggled with my weight most of my life and have been on Tamoxafin for six months, I now weigh six kg (13 lbs) LESS then I did when I started, so no, no weight gain but I do try to east sensibly although I do not exercise very much. I do try to avoid all carbs if possible and that seems...

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      I have struggled with my weight most of my life and have been on Tamoxafin for six months, I now weigh six kg (13 lbs) LESS then I did when I started, so no, no weight gain but I do try to east sensibly although I do not exercise very much. I do try to avoid all carbs if possible and that seems to work.

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  • Lisa Doheny Profile

    Has anyone ever stopped chemo after 1 treatment?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2B Patient
    over 6 years 7 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I am sure in the big world of chemotherapy there have been people who have stopped after one for a variety of reasons. If it is extreme discomfort, lots of things can be done to make it tolerable. I hope women can march their way through the treatment because I hate to hear breast cancer...

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      I am sure in the big world of chemotherapy there have been people who have stopped after one for a variety of reasons. If it is extreme discomfort, lots of things can be done to make it tolerable. I hope women can march their way through the treatment because I hate to hear breast cancer winning.... it is such a lousy disease. Treatment isn't fun by any means but one needs to work with their oncologist and support system to fight, fight, fight!

      Take care, Sharon

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I wanted to stop but my doctor wouldn't let me.. If it gets to bad ask if u can fluids 2 days after chemo that's the only thing that helped me. Best of luck

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  • Donna Hutchinso Profile

    Why does conventional medicine completely ignore non traditional treatment?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 2 answers
    • Ana Naluh Andrade Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      That is not true! Actually my cancer team had from surgeons, oncologists, chiropratics, physical therapists, social assistants, group therapy, dance therapists, art therapists, tai chi classes, and accupuncturists, all working together!

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    • Donna Hutchinso Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Glad to hear it but even when i asked about a nutritionist I was told there no money to pay for one. After my surgery I was pretty much cut loose.

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