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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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    just had my first chemo treatment and now two days after i has flu like systems . How long will this last. treatment is TAC

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 4 years 7 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      My chemo was Taxotere/Cytoxan I had my infusion was Thursday morning about 12:00 Saturday it hit sometime late Monday afternoon the chemo fog lifted and I was at my desk Tuesday morning.

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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      This wasn't my chemo but I had the 'flu' also. Mine lasted 2 days. Don't take any meds that your onc hasn't approved first. Prayers to you.

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  • Linda Green Profile

    I had a routine mammogram that showed a lump in the right breast 1..2 cm in size. Will be having core biopsy on Monday. Has anyone had that with conscious sedation and if so how painful was it after you woke up?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 1 Patient
    over 6 years 7 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had a core biopsy without anything to numb the area or any sedation. It is only the skin surrounding the breast that feels pain the breast tissue itself doesn't so once the needle has penetrated the skin you won't feel anything. I agree with Sharon about the dentist. Good luck with it and let...

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      I had a core biopsy without anything to numb the area or any sedation. It is only the skin surrounding the breast that feels pain the breast tissue itself doesn't so once the needle has penetrated the skin you won't feel anything. I agree with Sharon about the dentist. Good luck with it and let us know the result.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Hi Linda, I had this done and for me, it wasn't a big deal, at all. To me, a dental appointment is10 times more difficult. BUT... EVERYBODY IS DIFFERENT. The initial numbing stings, I felt pressure when they took the core but that was about it. It was a very, very, quick procedure. I think...

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      Hi Linda, I had this done and for me, it wasn't a big deal, at all. To me, a dental appointment is10 times more difficult. BUT... EVERYBODY IS DIFFERENT. The initial numbing stings, I felt pressure when they took the core but that was about it. It was a very, very, quick procedure. I think the entire thing was done within about 20 minutes (30 minutes at the most) and that was including the time it took to get numb and wait for the doctor to get back in the room. Afterwards, the discomfort can be minimized by icing the area. The area was sore but not even uncomfortable enough to need any OTC pain medication. We live on a little farm so afterwards, I just went about my normal activities of taking care of animals. Again..... everybody is different and I am sure there are plenty of women out there who had a more difficult time than I did. Hang in there, gal! We are all supportive of each other on this board.

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    Does insurance pay for a double if the genetic test shows no BRACA?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 1 year 7 answers
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      You need to check with your insurance company as what one may pay others won't.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      My BRACA was also negative & insurance paid for double mastectomy with reconstruction

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    How do you Xgeva is working? How long does it take to start working?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 4 Patient
    about 6 years 1 answer
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I tracked down this information via Breastcancer.org.

      This drug is one of the RANKL inhibitors which blocks the RANKL protein. It limits the activity level of certain bone cells, called osteoclasts, which can cause bone weakening and damage that can happen when breast cancer spreads to the...

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      I tracked down this information via Breastcancer.org.

      This drug is one of the RANKL inhibitors which blocks the RANKL protein. It limits the activity level of certain bone cells, called osteoclasts, which can cause bone weakening and damage that can happen when breast cancer spreads to the bone. RANKL inhibitors also can help keep blood calcium levels normal. This is important because bone damage may increase blood calcium. It is probably tracked via blood tests. Usually with drugs, they have to build up in your system for them to start working. Your oncologist will probably be the best person to talk with. Him and your blood levels will be able to give you answers specific to your body. Hang in there and take care, Sharon

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