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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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  • Michele Baker Profile

    Having a stereotactic biopsy next week. I'm very nervous. How long does the needle stay in my body?

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 5 answers
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    • Blanca Polo Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Take deep breaths and do NOT move. Stay still. I did just that and had no pain at all

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Michele, I agree with Mary about everything she said. You will feel some pain as the area is numbed. You will feel pressure. Take a valium or similar drug... but you will need to have someone drive you back.
      Fear creeps in because of the unknown. You have never had anything like this done...

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      Michele, I agree with Mary about everything she said. You will feel some pain as the area is numbed. You will feel pressure. Take a valium or similar drug... but you will need to have someone drive you back.
      Fear creeps in because of the unknown. You have never had anything like this done and you can only imagine what it will be like... totally a human thing to happen. The procedure is relatively quick, but you will spend time waiting.... for the doctor, for the anesthetic to take effect, and for the result to come back. I think we can all say the wait for the results was the worst of all. I will tell you the results will be back within a week. Try to keep yourself busy, Most of these things come back benign. In fact, one of my friends just had this same procedure done and it was benign. I really wish you the very best. Take care, Sharon

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  • Lori S Profile

    Does anyone know what is recommended for burns from radiation?

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 7 answers
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    • Lori S Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thanks everyone for the info.

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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Hi Lori....I'm going through radiation now. I have 8 more to go! My skin is red but it hasn't broken open yet. My radiation oncologist gave me Aquaphor to use first. If it gets worse they'll prescribe Silver sulfadiazine. But I would go by what your Oncologist recommends. Every dr is different....

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      Hi Lori....I'm going through radiation now. I have 8 more to go! My skin is red but it hasn't broken open yet. My radiation oncologist gave me Aquaphor to use first. If it gets worse they'll prescribe Silver sulfadiazine. But I would go by what your Oncologist recommends. Every dr is different. I know it hurts...I'm right there with ya. How many do you have left to go?

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  • cindy stephenson Profile

    I had last round of chemo Friday of taxotere carboplatin it was number 6- I feel terrible - nauseated, dry heaves, fatigue. This is the worst! I assume it's normal?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 4 answers
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    • Isabel Souchet Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      Yes it is. I had taxotere/carboplatin n herceptin, my oncologist stopped after 5 treatments. I was sick, tired, couldn't eat. Miserable, but you will be better soon. I had to be on herceptin another 9 months, once a month or two passes,i started feeling better. Give yourself a little time, you...

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      Yes it is. I had taxotere/carboplatin n herceptin, my oncologist stopped after 5 treatments. I was sick, tired, couldn't eat. Miserable, but you will be better soon. I had to be on herceptin another 9 months, once a month or two passes,i started feeling better. Give yourself a little time, you will be fine.

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    • Alice Klobukowski Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      I finished July 6. My eyes are just now beginning to let up on the constant watering. I still get tired and somewhat breathless; probably a little anemic still. I'm starting radiation soon. Waiting for a call. Having a few weeks vacation from Herceptin. BUT I am Sooo grateful there is...

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      I finished July 6. My eyes are just now beginning to let up on the constant watering. I still get tired and somewhat breathless; probably a little anemic still. I'm starting radiation soon. Waiting for a call. Having a few weeks vacation from Herceptin. BUT I am Sooo grateful there is treatment that may kill this enemy or at least hold it back.

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  • kim sosa Profile

    Would I have to take the estrogen pills for five years and radiation If I have a bilateral masectomy? My doctor also told me once I had this surgery I wouldn't ever have to worry about mamo's again. Is that also true?

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 6 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Sorry that should have read are.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      If you ate found to be ES & PR Positive yes you will have to take a hormone blocker like Tamoxifen for at least five years. Radiation is unlikely unless you have extensive lymph node involvement. And that is right, no more mammograms but some ultra sounds if you feel anything suspicious. I had a...

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      If you ate found to be ES & PR Positive yes you will have to take a hormone blocker like Tamoxifen for at least five years. Radiation is unlikely unless you have extensive lymph node involvement. And that is right, no more mammograms but some ultra sounds if you feel anything suspicious. I had a bilateral mastectomy last November, best decision ever! I am still going through expander reconstruction but getting there. Hope everything works out well for you.

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