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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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    how reliable is a mammogram

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 4 years 11 answers
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    • Nancy Ries Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      My breast cancer was originally detected during an annual mammogram. Microcalcifications were seen in an pattern. Because of the diligence of the radiologist who read my mammogram, my cancer was found when it was 3 millimeters!

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Some cancers are hard to detect because they don't create a lump but early detection is the best thing we have for long term survival untill we get a cure.

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  • Penny Walton Profile

    Does anyone have Li-Fraumeni Syndrome? (Updated my story to explain this.)

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2014
    over 5 years 10 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      You are so brave and strong. I have been inspired by your attitude and words. Thank you

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    • Erin Timlin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Sheesh, Penny. Like a cat, it seems you have nine lives!! I have never heard of such a thing not have I ever met someone who has survived all those cancers. Clearly, someone is on your side!! Breast cancer is beatable and if you beat all those other nasty beasts, BC will be a cake walk. ...

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      Sheesh, Penny. Like a cat, it seems you have nine lives!! I have never heard of such a thing not have I ever met someone who has survived all those cancers. Clearly, someone is on your side!! Breast cancer is beatable and if you beat all those other nasty beasts, BC will be a cake walk. WE're all here for support, answers, encouragement, b#tch fests, whatever. Stay strong!!

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    I'm eighteen and was told today I might have breast cancer. When I got a lump I found checked out, the doctor found two more I had no idea even existed! I'm getting an ultrasound next week. Any advice for dealing with nerves, preparing for bad news, etc.?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 3 years 2 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Lumps even multiple lumps are very common. We all worry when we find them. You are doing the right thing in getting them checked. The vast majority of these are not cancers and you have an excellent chance of these being benign.....NOT cancer. We can all tell you not to worry but it is human...

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      Lumps even multiple lumps are very common. We all worry when we find them. You are doing the right thing in getting them checked. The vast majority of these are not cancers and you have an excellent chance of these being benign.....NOT cancer. We can all tell you not to worry but it is human nature to have this fear. The best thing to do is stay very busy. Exercise, take walks, get together with your friends, anything to keep yourself occupied. Can you talk to your mom about this?. Please let us know how your testing turns out. When you have the ultrasound done, have them explain what they are looking for and what they see. I will keep positive thoughts for these to be nothing more than cysts. Hang in there and take care, Sharon

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      The majority of lumps are not cancer. That being said like Sharon said talk with your mom or some other trusted adult. You are in my thoughts and prayers, Betti

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  • Alglen Thelex Garay Profile

    Has anyone experienced coughing (w/o phlegm), itchy throat and changed voice (husky) after chemo? What is your advise about it?

    Asked by anonymous

    Family Member or Loved One
    over 6 years 3 answers
    • Erin Timlin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I had a few colds throughout the 3 months but a few weeks after my last treatment I completely lost my voice! Worst case of laryngitis...but no other cold symptoms. It was strange but I heard it was common so I just let it run its course.

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    • cindy stephenson Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      yes, i have been experiencing this. The week after my chemo i had a sore throat, hoarseness, runny nose and cough. Actually, i am still coughing. I am on Taxotere, Carboplatin, and Herceptin. I just called the oncologist to see about something to do for this cough. I have coughed so hard i...

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      yes, i have been experiencing this. The week after my chemo i had a sore throat, hoarseness, runny nose and cough. Actually, i am still coughing. I am on Taxotere, Carboplatin, and Herceptin. I just called the oncologist to see about something to do for this cough. I have coughed so hard i think i injured my right lung. i also have allergies and asthma which makes things even more complicated.

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