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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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  • Jessica Fisher Profile

    Started chemo yesterday AC, feeling pretty worn down nautious and achy which I expected , but also very emotional just want to cry for no good reason . Has anyone else experienced this?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 3A Patient
    over 7 years 7 answers
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Yes, it's very normal. I've been having my treatments since May of last year. Emotionally it's hard sometimes. Chemo can exaust your body and mind. Sure...you want to be positive. But you're going to have "down" days. Anyone that can stay positive 24/7 doesn't have both oars in the water. Allow...

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      Yes, it's very normal. I've been having my treatments since May of last year. Emotionally it's hard sometimes. Chemo can exaust your body and mind. Sure...you want to be positive. But you're going to have "down" days. Anyone that can stay positive 24/7 doesn't have both oars in the water. Allow yourself to cry. It's ok to let those feelings out. Then you can have room for the good feelings.  :).  I can see a touching commercial on tv and cry at the drop of a hat. Reading stories of  other women that have been in our shoes help me tremendously. I love the book "There's No Place Like Hope" by Vickie Gerard!! And it makes me feel better helping others. I'll be thinking of you and you'll be in my prayers as well. Hugs Jessica and keep the faith!

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    • Tiffani Warila Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      When I was getting AC (and then T) I started off real positive, but as the treatments went on I started to get frustrated, sad, and just wanted to be done. I started to count down the treatments. It made me feel so much better thinking "I only have 4...3...2...1 more treatment". I did also get...

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      When I was getting AC (and then T) I started off real positive, but as the treatments went on I started to get frustrated, sad, and just wanted to be done. I started to count down the treatments. It made me feel so much better thinking "I only have 4...3...2...1 more treatment". I did also get really emotional sometimes. I think I would hold it in, and then i would get to a breaking point, and EVERYTHING would make me cry. I felt like the children's book "Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day". I finished my 8th round of chemo Nov. 5, and I still have sad days, but they happen less often.

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  • blanca ayala Profile

    I'm new to the group. Diagnosed with L BC on 4/12/12. Will have bilateral on 7/17/12. I'm not sure how and what to feel. It's like me looking at someone else. Is that fair?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years 8 answers
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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      So sorry you have to join our group BUT we are a very strong group of people. I am glad you found us please stay in touch. I finished active treatment a year ago. I just had a bi lat mastectomy a week ago. It has not been as bad as I expected. It is a crazy time either take a spouse, sister,...

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      So sorry you have to join our group BUT we are a very strong group of people. I am glad you found us please stay in touch. I finished active treatment a year ago. I just had a bi lat mastectomy a week ago. It has not been as bad as I expected. It is a crazy time either take a spouse, sister, friend, etc with you to every appointment to help you listen and ask questions. God bless you on your journey reach out whenever you need us.

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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Hi Blanca, I had the same reaction. From the time the surgeon looked down at me as he bandaged my biopsy site and told me he was almost positive it was cancer, I felt like I woke up in someone elses' reality. I became a calm observer-it was almost a spiritual out of body exsperience. In some way...

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      Hi Blanca, I had the same reaction. From the time the surgeon looked down at me as he bandaged my biopsy site and told me he was almost positive it was cancer, I felt like I woke up in someone elses' reality. I became a calm observer-it was almost a spiritual out of body exsperience. In some way I feel like it was a strange way of my mind trying to protect me or a gift from God to get me through the shock. After my surgery, things began to sort themselves out with my medical team and that weird feeling became a part of the history of my journey. This numb foreign feeling will pass as you work with your team to plan your way back to health. Take heart and know there are many women whose hearts go out to you tonight. Welcome to the beginning of your journey to wellness. :-D Jo

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    Why does my oncologist need me to have a CT scan of the stomach chest & pelvis? Tkx. Rox

    Asked by anonymous

    stage_2b Patient
    over 2 years 2 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I have a friend who had a CT of her chest, abdomen, and pelvis after completing her chemo. before her eye surgery. They were just checking and making sure cancer was no where else in her body. I'd be asking my Oncologist as to his/her reason(s) as that may not be why they are having you get one.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      It could be just a baseline that can use to see changes in the future.

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  • Sarah Hailes Profile

    Anyone getting taxol and hercepton? My fingernails seem to be getting ready to fall off. Help!!

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    over 6 years 7 answers
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    • Isabel Souchet Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      I was on taxotere, carboplatin n hercpetin, I lost one toe nail..no fingernails but they broke easily. I used hard as nails n it seemed to help. My toe nail did grow back. It's tough to have to deal with this

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    • Sarah Phinney Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      I finished up taxol in mid-June and had to stop early because it attacked my fingernail in a bad way and they got infected. They said that the extent of it was very rare. At the time I was sent to a surgeon to see if I should just have my fingernails removed - he said stay the course with IV...

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      I finished up taxol in mid-June and had to stop early because it attacked my fingernail in a bad way and they got infected. They said that the extent of it was very rare. At the time I was sent to a surgeon to see if I should just have my fingernails removed - he said stay the course with IV antibiotics and get through chemo. I was certain every fingernail would eventually fall off on its own since they were already lifted from the tops down to the middles- but I wore band aids over them every day, ate a lot of good proteins to help promote growth, and I've never lost a fingernail. In not too much longer time, the nasty nail part will be all grown out and my nails will finally look normal again. Good luck and hang in there!!!

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