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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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  • Gina Berger Profile

    I'm 36 & have 2 types of cancer. My surgery is next Friday. But friends are telling me get a 2nd opinion? Should I?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 6 years 9 answers
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      I totally agree with all the ladies. I received so much advice from other people. And was also told about "quick" cures and so much more. In the end..it's your body & life & you must do what's right for you. I'll keep you in my thoughts & prayers. Hugs

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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      I totally agree with all the ladies. I received so much advice from other people. And was also told about "quick" cures and so much more. In the end..it's your body & life & you must do what's right for you. I'll keep you in my thoughts & prayers. Hugs

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    My fiancé has been diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer based on a 2.2cm tumor. One Dr is advocating chemo first to shrink it other says shrinking makes sense on a larger tumor and is not worth the risks leaving it in longer to shrink from a 2cm to 1cm.

    Asked by anonymous

    Family Member or Loved One
    over 4 years 10 answers
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    • Kimberly Levesque Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      I had chemo first, my tumor was 5cms, so the original plan was to shrink it and have a lumpectomy...I finished chemo in June and decided to have a bi-lateral masectomy in Aug. I was told that I had a full response to chemo, when they operated they found no cancer, it had done its job!

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I also had the same size tumor and there was no mention of chemo. first to shrink it. It might be because of the location of the tumor? It is hard to say with us not being oncologists or surgeons. The good thing about treatment today is it is so individualized for each patient. There is no...

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      I also had the same size tumor and there was no mention of chemo. first to shrink it. It might be because of the location of the tumor? It is hard to say with us not being oncologists or surgeons. The good thing about treatment today is it is so individualized for each patient. There is no shotgun blast types of treatments any more. It gets down to the type, stage, grade, location, size and hormone status of the tumor before a treatment plan is worked out for each patient. Your fiance should probably ask the questions that you're bringing up because they are good ones. It would come into my mind too. Chemotherapy is tough and not only tough on cancer but tough on the human body. As I said, your questions are good ones to be asked of the oncologist. Take care, Sharon

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  • karyn johnson Profile

    Looking for some advice. Had 2nd rad treatment, only for the techs to put a gel pad on me. When I asked why they said it was for skin intensifying the treatment. Am I over reacting or is this something I should have known about before the treatment???

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 4 years 6 answers
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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      They used a bolus on me the last 2 weeks and explained it somewhat. In talking with the doctor I got my answers which helped as I didn't need any boosts since I'd had a mastectomy. If you've ever had an U/S of the breast it is similar to the gel pad they put on your breast to bring the area...

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      They used a bolus on me the last 2 weeks and explained it somewhat. In talking with the doctor I got my answers which helped as I didn't need any boosts since I'd had a mastectomy. If you've ever had an U/S of the breast it is similar to the gel pad they put on your breast to bring the area they are looking at closer to the surface so they can look at it better especially if it's really deep. BTW-It wasn't mentioned to me until the first day they used it.

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    • Mimi Carroll Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      They should have fully explained it to you!

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  • gima green Profile

    Has any one had not so bad experiences with Breast radiation and if so why not? What did you do before and during not to have a bad experience?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 2 years 8 answers
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    • Lou Cam Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I used aloe and aquaphor . Before rads you must wash all lotions off. I took 99% aloe with me, and put it on after treatment. I put aquaphor on at night. I didn't burn, but turned pink. I continued to used these for a couple of months after rads. The only problem that I have had with rads was...

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      I used aloe and aquaphor . Before rads you must wash all lotions off. I took 99% aloe with me, and put it on after treatment. I put aquaphor on at night. I didn't burn, but turned pink. I continued to used these for a couple of months after rads. The only problem that I have had with rads was that my implant became encapsulated and had to be replaced. Best of luck to you!

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I never had any bad experiences with radiation other than a couple of times I had to go in later as their equipment had a minor hiccup. I myself only got a bright red chest and underarm, like a really bad sunburn. My place had me use pure aloe vera gel and it kept my skin moist, intact, and...

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      I never had any bad experiences with radiation other than a couple of times I had to go in later as their equipment had a minor hiccup. I myself only got a bright red chest and underarm, like a really bad sunburn. My place had me use pure aloe vera gel and it kept my skin moist, intact, and without blisters. Every place has their recommendation of what to use on your skin, just don't put any on prior to treatment as it may cause really bad burns. You will be OK, take care.

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