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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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  • Dawn Dickinson Profile

    I was diagnosed with IDC Triple Negative Breast Cancer last week. I am having a mastectomy this week. I also have Lupus. What am I getting eady to face? I know I will have chemo and I know how hard that is on the body. Any help is appreciated.

    Asked by anonymous

    Patient
    over 6 years 2 answers
    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2006

      Hi Dawn first and foremost let me start out by saying that 99.9% of females and males that are diagnosed with any type of cancer immediately become fearful because of the unknown and that cancer is referred to as a deadly disease. However , the one thing that I learned after my diagnoses was that...

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      Hi Dawn first and foremost let me start out by saying that 99.9% of females and males that are diagnosed with any type of cancer immediately become fearful because of the unknown and that cancer is referred to as a deadly disease. However , the one thing that I learned after my diagnoses was that if I was going to beat this disease I was going to have to control it and not let it control me by staying positive and focused on what laid ahead for me. I read your profile and saw that you have an awesome support group which is something that you are blessed to have. And you will also have this site where we will always be your Sisters and Brothers of Hope. I am not knowledgable about the medical condition Lupus which you stated you had prior to being diagnosed with breast cancer therefore i can only share with you my diagnoses which does not include having lupus. However, I'm sure your medical doctor will be there to guide you with making decision to treat your breast cancer . I was 52 Years old when I was diagnosed with triple negative stage 2A grade 3 breast cancer 5 years and 6 months ago. I had a lumpectomy and the cancer did not spread to any of my lymp nodes. I was given a very aggressive treatment which consist of 4 rounds of adromyacin and cytoxin chemotherapy also referred to as A/C and the monster chemo because it is tough on your body. I then had 12 rounds of Taxol once a week which was much easier than the A/C and lastly 25 radiation treatments. After 1 year of treatments and many many medical visits and test I went back for my 1st mammogram and oops was told they saw something suspicious and was scheduling me for surgery immediately after a year of treatment I must admit that the news of another surgery was the only time I lost complete control for about 5 mins (smile) well to all the glory and praise to God it turned out to be scar tissue and I was given a clean bill of health and finally went back to work after being off for 1 year my choice since I have a very stressful job. My journey was not easy but I was determined that God chose me for a reason since there was nothing I did right or wrong to be diagnosed with breast cancer. Prior to being diagnosed I learned that the only thing I have control of of in this life is myself and as I earlier stated that I know I was chosen to makes a difference in this world and have been on a mission ever since. My life has changed for the good as I continue to support other sisters of hope and work very faithfully with organizations and sponsoring my own breast cancer awareness campaigns determined to bring awareness to people around the world and teaching them that early detection is the key and most importantly trying to reach out to the younger females who never think about giving themselves breast exams if they are younger than 4o years old because statistics say we as females should not get a mammogram until we are 40 years old and not teaching then other ways to check their breast for breast cancer prior to turning 40. Please stay encouraged, spiritual and stay focused on beating this cancer. I have learned so much about breast cancer which I also encourage you to do especially the triple negative which is one of the newer types that lots of research is being done on. I am still cancer FREE and see my oncologist yearly it started out every 3 months than every 6 months and now yearly. I do breast exams several times a week can't break that habit (smile) I have changed some eating habits more exercise and now God my family and friends which were the GREATE supports group any women could be blessed with are the number one priority in my life. Back to work daily but all the long hours more than 8 I worked previously are shorten. Living life to the fullest and excited that in 4 years I will be able to officially retire. Watch out cause my next full time drop will be a full time advocate for this disease . Well Dawn I hope that some of what I have shared will allow the fear to go away and put a big ( Smile) on your face. Always know that I like so many others on this site are here to walk by your side as you begin your journey which is only temporary and remember this to shall pass. Stay in touch with all my love and blessings as I keep you in my daily thoughts and prayers. Your sister of hope !! Zandra

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    • saphira kalhan Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I was diagnose with the same last May and have just finished treatment,every one has different side effects as yours arise post them on here where you'll get great advice and heaps of support you'll have up and down days if you just need to chat just post it some one will answer my thoughts...

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      I was diagnose with the same last May and have just finished treatment,every one has different side effects as yours arise post them on here where you'll get great advice and heaps of support you'll have up and down days if you just need to chat just post it some one will answer my thoughts are with you

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    Why have a double masectomy?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 1 answer
    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      That's such a tough decision, and a very personal one. For me, I chose to have a double mastectomy for several reasons. My "good" breast had several micro calcifications as well as other small cysts. My stage of cancer didn't allow me to have immediate reconstruction. But after I go through...

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      That's such a tough decision, and a very personal one. For me, I chose to have a double mastectomy for several reasons. My "good" breast had several micro calcifications as well as other small cysts. My stage of cancer didn't allow me to have immediate reconstruction. But after I go through radiation & given the "thumbs up" I will have reconstructive surgery. If I had kept my left breast....it would have to been operated on to match my reconstructed breast. So symmetry was another reason. Although I chose to have both breasts removed there are no guarantees my cancer won't return in the future. It could  even come back somewhere else in my body. That's a reality. But I choose to remain optimistic in my recovery & knowing I have done everything in my power to keep a reoccurrence from happening. Good luck and God bless you in whatever you choose.

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  • Kate Parsons Profile

    Am 3 weeks out from my last of 4 TC chemos. I cannot believe how unbelievably tired and unwell I feel. How long does this last??

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 6 years 5 answers
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    • Isabel Souchet Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      Hi, it took me a month or so to get my energy level back. I found myself getting stronger and stronger every day. I am two years out of chemo, one year out of herceptin. Honestly, I'm just now beginning to feel like myself. Hang in there, it gets better.

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    • Betsy Chapin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      In a way post chemo was the toughest. So many side effects of chemo lingered when I just wanted to be done with the whole thing. I also had TC and was exhausted at the end of treatment due to being anemic , neuropathy in toes and fingers, swelling in legs and feet. Slowly but surely the side...

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      In a way post chemo was the toughest. So many side effects of chemo lingered when I just wanted to be done with the whole thing. I also had TC and was exhausted at the end of treatment due to being anemic , neuropathy in toes and fingers, swelling in legs and feet. Slowly but surely the side effects diminished. You will get better! And then you will look back at all this and life will be amazing! I am also 2 years out from treatment and every day is a gift I cherish. Be gentle with yourself as you are still healing. Soon it will be over and you will feel healthy again.

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  • Christina Archambault Profile

    Finished round 6 of chemo!! I find out Monday when I start radiation! I feel like I am over the hard part, I am so happy chemo is done!! Did anyone stay at a lodge when they did radiation? What do you suggest I bring??

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2B Patient
    about 6 years 2 answers
    • Alison Johnson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      Christina, I had 5 days of intensive radiation, I stayed at a hotel during that time. and walked over to the radiation center twice a day. I felt pretty punk during radiation, sore and grumpy. Here's what I was grateful to have:
      - a big bowl of fresh fruit. I was nauseated and did not want to go...

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      Christina, I had 5 days of intensive radiation, I stayed at a hotel during that time. and walked over to the radiation center twice a day. I felt pretty punk during radiation, sore and grumpy. Here's what I was grateful to have:
      - a big bowl of fresh fruit. I was nauseated and did not want to go out for meals, the fruit was just right.
      - a big bottle of ginger ale, it really helped with the nausea
      - Something simple to read, I just couldn't handle anything complex
      - my family arranged for someone to get me in my room and walk over to each appointment, and for someone to spend every night with me. Later I realized they were afraid I would skip appointments! Not one person said I was grumpy, but I know I was.

      That was 3 years ago. Congrad on finishing up chemo, that has to feel like real progress.

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    • Cheryl Wornham Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Congratulations on finishing your chemotherapy I'm happy for you
      About the radiation I went to a hospital for my treatments sorry I can't shed more light to your question maybe someone else can
      Good luck to ya big hugs
      Cheryl

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