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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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  • Kim Tompkins Profile

    Advice: I purchased JustNatural Chemotherapy Hair Loss Treatment to help with my hair loss. Vitamin rich nutrients from plant oils - no chemicals and at this point, we all have too much going with chemicals.

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 1 Patient
    over 6 years 2 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I would love to hear how, and if, it works. When receiving chemotherapy, it targets cells that are the type that divide rapidly. Since hair is that type, that is why your hair drops out. Are you receiving chemotherapy? I asked my oncologist, after I received the first treatment, how long before...

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      I would love to hear how, and if, it works. When receiving chemotherapy, it targets cells that are the type that divide rapidly. Since hair is that type, that is why your hair drops out. Are you receiving chemotherapy? I asked my oncologist, after I received the first treatment, how long before I lost my hair? He said 2 weeks.... and it was right on the 2 week point! I reached up to scratch my head and a clump of hair was in my hand. I just say, it really disturbed me. I went right out to my barn and got my horse clippers, and shaved my head. That slow falling out stuff was for the birds! I wanted to get that over with. I know this is kind of going off the tracks a bit but even though I bought a wig, and scarves, etc., etc. I was just much more comfortable "GOING COMMANDO"!!!! BALD! I did wear a bit of a beanie, only because my head got cold. In my photo.... I am wearing reindeer antlers to one of my treatments and laughing about it. I didn't want to hide from people and make this a big secret. I wasn't dying, I was still laughing, and certainly still myself. So Kim, if your plant oils don't retain your hair.... be proud of your "Chrome-Dome" wear it proudly..... unless it is -20 outside!

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      That sounds wonderful because your skin goes through some changes when on chemo. I never lost my eyebrows during treatment for which I was ever so grateful! Hang in there and do what makes you feel the best. This is all just a temporary in the big picture.... and just in case, get an eyebrow...

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      That sounds wonderful because your skin goes through some changes when on chemo. I never lost my eyebrows during treatment for which I was ever so grateful! Hang in there and do what makes you feel the best. This is all just a temporary in the big picture.... and just in case, get an eyebrow pencil. You go girl!

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  • Morgan Moser Profile

    Finally meeting my oncologist for the first time tomorrow! I'm so ready to get this ball rolling! What should I expect?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 6 years 8 answers
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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I just liked what everyone said because they said it all. The only thing I can suggest is look at your self in the in the mirrior and see how important and beautiful you are. Then go put on you big girl warrior panties and kick cancer's backside. We have all been there and will be with you...

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      I just liked what everyone said because they said it all. The only thing I can suggest is look at your self in the in the mirrior and see how important and beautiful you are. Then go put on you big girl warrior panties and kick cancer's backside. We have all been there and will be with you everystep of the way. God Bless you on your journey. Your husband and mom are warriors too.

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    • Morgan Moser Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Awesome!!! Thank you so much ladies. My husband and my mom are both coming with as they do with every appt:) I have a whole binder with papers and notes and questions! You can never be to prepared:) thanks again ladies for doing what you do and always being there!

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    Is a pink discharge normal after chemo? I had my third round 5 days ago.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 2 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      The pink discharge, no doubt, has something to do with the treatment. These are powerful drugs that can have an effect on all parts of your body. Please call you oncologist's office to report this. It is probably a side effect but we aren't doctors. It is always good to check in with your...

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      The pink discharge, no doubt, has something to do with the treatment. These are powerful drugs that can have an effect on all parts of your body. Please call you oncologist's office to report this. It is probably a side effect but we aren't doctors. It is always good to check in with your oncologist when something out of the ordinary happens. Take care, Sharon.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thanks Sharon , I plan on calling today. I thought the side effects would lesson with each treatment, I am on my third with one more Togo, but the side effects from this last one have been as bad as the first!!

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  • D Wansack Profile

    Has anyone had mammogram 4 weeks after lumpectomy?

    Asked by anonymous

    stage_0 Patient
    over 1 year 4 answers
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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Why so soon? I was put on my yearly schedule after my unilateral mastectomy which fell one year after my diagnosis.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Odd.....HAVE not heard of that. . I would be questioning the radiologist NOW.

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