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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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    I had a 1cm breast tumor, stage 1, two lymph nodes removed ten days ago that doctor said looked good. I am 72 and in excellent health. I would like some information about what type of radiation would be best for me.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 2 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I think a decision is best made with the facts from the pathology report and your oncologist. The treatments are now so tailor-made for each woman and no longer the "shot-gun" approach. The treatment plans could be completely different from one woman to another depending on the individual...

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      I think a decision is best made with the facts from the pathology report and your oncologist. The treatments are now so tailor-made for each woman and no longer the "shot-gun" approach. The treatment plans could be completely different from one woman to another depending on the individual findings... even if the diagnosis may seem the same on the surface. Did you have an Onco-Test DX? This is a test that can predict the chances of reoccurance in early stage breast cancer. It looks at individual cells and can give you a look into the future. It helps map out a treatment plan for you. It usually take a bit longer for that test result to come back. If you don't know if you had that test, ask your doctor. You are a good candidate for this test. Good luck to you and healing hugs! Sharon

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    • Alice Klobukowski Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      I don't know enough to answer your question but I have to say Hi since we are the same age. I will be 72 in July. I was diagnosed on Valentines Day with ER/PR- HER2 . I recently started the TCH Protocol. I hope you get the answers you need.

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    does anyone go to support groups?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 2 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I think it is very helpful to have a support group to talk to. No understands this journey better than someone that has gone through this.

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    • Pamella Martin-Spanyer Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I have scars from biopsy, still in pain Just cyst no cancer. Still scared of the unknown

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  • Alex Gould Profile

    What is the chance of surviving breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 1 answer
    • Lori S Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      These days the chances of surviving are excellent. Having said that, cancer is different for everyone. There are many factors that play into it determined by the individual and their personal history

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  • Cammie Doyal Profile

    After a dignostic or compressed mammogram and a ultrasound radiologist found a mass in right breast. My biopsy is in a week in a half. Should I have it done sooner?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 7 answers
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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Waiting is the worst for your mind, not the mass. Try not to think the worst. Prayers to you.

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I waited about 2 1/2 weeks by my choice. It was mid Dec. and I hadn't used my deductible and it would have started all over again in Jan. so that is why I opted to wait. I, too, had to be off aspirin for at least a week so it was a no brainer for me. Perhaps in your case they are waiting as...

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      I waited about 2 1/2 weeks by my choice. It was mid Dec. and I hadn't used my deductible and it would have started all over again in Jan. so that is why I opted to wait. I, too, had to be off aspirin for at least a week so it was a no brainer for me. Perhaps in your case they are waiting as that is when the next available appointment is on their schedule. The wait is hard I know but try to relax.

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