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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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    what are the very beginning signs of inflammatory breast cancer? mine hasnt started turning red but itches terribly and is becoming more sore. im waiting 5 days for my biopsy and so nervous.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 6 years 3 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      First of all, this type of breast cancer is rare so chances are you don't have it. Here is a list of symptoms but please keep in mind, your symptoms could be some other type of benign breast problem. You have already done the correct thing in making an appointment to be checked. Hang in there...

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      First of all, this type of breast cancer is rare so chances are you don't have it. Here is a list of symptoms but please keep in mind, your symptoms could be some other type of benign breast problem. You have already done the correct thing in making an appointment to be checked. Hang in there darlin' we all know how scared you are. God's blessings to you. Take care, Sharon
      http://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/types/inflammatory/symptoms

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    • Lynn H Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      It usually looks as if the breast is infected. It's important to catch it early. Because it's rare some physicians tend to treat it with a couple rounds of antibiotics before sending the patient for an MRI and biopsy. I was diagnosed 4 years ago with IBC and luckily had a great primary care...

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      It usually looks as if the breast is infected. It's important to catch it early. Because it's rare some physicians tend to treat it with a couple rounds of antibiotics before sending the patient for an MRI and biopsy. I was diagnosed 4 years ago with IBC and luckily had a great primary care Dr who sent me right away to a breast surgeon.

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    My mother is going to start her 3-month treatment of TCH next week. Has anyone been through this treatment? If so, what where your side effects during treatment?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 1 answer
    • Rotem Adar Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Just confirming that by TCH you mean Taxotere, Carboplatin and Herceptin. I just finished my chemo regimen in January. Everyone is different but I had food aversions, weight gain from the steroids, my hair fell out (though not completely, I never actually went bald, but I did shave it GI Jane...

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      Just confirming that by TCH you mean Taxotere, Carboplatin and Herceptin. I just finished my chemo regimen in January. Everyone is different but I had food aversions, weight gain from the steroids, my hair fell out (though not completely, I never actually went bald, but I did shave it GI Jane style), and the worst side effect was from the Neulasta shot (white blood cell booster) shot I had to take the day after chemo. It causes flu like symptoms. Oh, a few other symptoms from the chemo was a lot of exhaustion and fatigue, and I'm not sure if this tied in to the fatigue but it hurt me too much to wear high heels. I'm sure it had to do with my body being so tired. Hope this helps!

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    Anyone taken the combo of carboplatin and abraxane? What side effects could I have?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 5 answers
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Hi Barbara, I haven't been on Abraxane, but I have been on Carboplatin. My first chemo "cocktail" was Adriamycin/Cytoxin & Taxol. My second go around was Gemzar/Carboplatin. On every other treatment I would have Carboplatin alone. My main side effect was a dip in my blood counts & weakness. I...

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      Hi Barbara, I haven't been on Abraxane, but I have been on Carboplatin. My first chemo "cocktail" was Adriamycin/Cytoxin & Taxol. My second go around was Gemzar/Carboplatin. On every other treatment I would have Carboplatin alone. My main side effect was a dip in my blood counts & weakness. I had very mild nausea, constipation, & sometimes a metallic taste in my mouth (Carboplatin is a platinum based drug). I lost my hair with my previous treatment of Adriamycin/ Cytoxin & Taxol. But what little I had grown back did not fall out with Gemzar/Carboplatin. :). You might ask your Oncologist about that. I hope this helps. :)

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    • Summer Lynch Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Mostly I got tired on third day, had heart burn and hair loss. Diarrhea was common as well

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    Does "ones" libdo ever come back after Breast Cancer and Ovaries removed?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    almost 6 years 3 answers
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      The cancer diagnosis, surgeries, chemo, and radiation ravage intimacy, but you will recover that gift. Be patient with yourself and allow time to heal both body and mind. I want lie to you, you have to work at it but that is true of all relationships in good times and bad. Breastcancer.org has a...

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      The cancer diagnosis, surgeries, chemo, and radiation ravage intimacy, but you will recover that gift. Be patient with yourself and allow time to heal both body and mind. I want lie to you, you have to work at it but that is true of all relationships in good times and bad. Breastcancer.org has a great link on sex and intimacy. Stay in touch, don't despair, and treat yourself kindly. Cyber hugs to you. :-)

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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      After reading Sharon & Jo's reply, I guess I am very fortunate. During chemo I was very dry, irritated & tired, but my husband & I still had sex. Now, 4 months post chemo (on herceptin & tomoxifin) He does always initiate but I always reciprocate. We had a very strong sex life before cancer - we...

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      After reading Sharon & Jo's reply, I guess I am very fortunate. During chemo I was very dry, irritated & tired, but my husband & I still had sex. Now, 4 months post chemo (on herceptin & tomoxifin) He does always initiate but I always reciprocate. We had a very strong sex life before cancer - we had only been married 6 months - & knowing he still wants me & thinks I'm sexy is a turn on for me. He's really good taking the care I need - if I need more 'attention' to get in 'the mood' & the use of lotions. Being open with each other has helped. I hope things work out for you. Prayers to you.

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