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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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  • Jan  Hasak Profile

    Does exercise help when you are undergoing chemotherapy?

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2003
    about 8 years 3 answers
    • Janelle Strunk Profile
      anonymous
      Family Member or Loved One

      Exercising while undergoing chemotherapy can be beneficial both psychologically and physically. Light and stimulating exercise can help to reduce fatigue and the risk of thrombosis (blood clotting in the veins). It can also keep the bones strong and healthy and reduce the risk of weight gain...

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      Exercising while undergoing chemotherapy can be beneficial both psychologically and physically. Light and stimulating exercise can help to reduce fatigue and the risk of thrombosis (blood clotting in the veins). It can also keep the bones strong and healthy and reduce the risk of weight gain related to chemotherapy. A walk or gentle run has also been known to help with mild nausea. Additionally, exercise can increase your sense of self-empowerment and improve social integration.

      You need to remember that your ability to perform strenuous exercise may be impaired, so you need to develop a light exercise routine and find a balance that is most beneficial to you.

      Hope this helps!

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    • Ali S Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      It helped me!

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  • Kim Curry Profile

    What types of mastectomy surgery have reconstruction done at same time?

    Asked by anonymous

    Patient
    about 7 years 1 answer
    • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      Hi Kim I think it all depends on the type if breast cancer, treatment needed and your surgeon from my own experience I had reconstruction at the same time of my mastectomies I had DCIS bilateral mastectomies were my treatment of choice. Having the bilateral mastectomies I did not need radiation...

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      Hi Kim I think it all depends on the type if breast cancer, treatment needed and your surgeon from my own experience I had reconstruction at the same time of my mastectomies I had DCIS bilateral mastectomies were my treatment of choice. Having the bilateral mastectomies I did not need radiation or chemo If you are considering reconstruction find a plastic surgeon that either specializes in breast reconstruction or will work along with your general surgeon to do the reconstruction. Some surgeons do not want to do the surgery at the same time as reimbursement will also be shared so they prefer to do the procedures separately for better reimbursement

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  • Lori Schanche Profile

    How is weight gain associated with Femara?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 8 years 4 answers
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    • Connie Herrick Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I am having problems with belly fat, not necessarily weight gain.

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    • rebekah alkhalifa Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      rebekahalkhalifa@yahoo.com
      Hello...
      I wish you best Compliment of the season,with hope that you are physically and healthly alright,l do believe that this mail will reach in good condition. My name is Rebekah i saw your profile in www.beyondtheshock.com and admire it, i think we can make it...

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      rebekahalkhalifa@yahoo.com
      Hello...
      I wish you best Compliment of the season,with hope that you are physically and healthly alright,l do believe that this mail will reach in good condition. My name is Rebekah i saw your profile in www.beyondtheshock.com and admire it, i think we can make it together, please i would like you to contact me through my email address:( rebekahalkhalifa@yahoo.com ) i will tell you more about myself, also send you my photo,as soon as you contact me back, hopping for your lovely reply soonest,
      Rebekah....

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