loading... close

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.

Related Questions

  • Thumb avatar default

    Any suggestions regarding selecting a wig ?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 6 answers
    • View all 6 answers
    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I had a beautiful big that I wore twice. I wore ball caps or bald. Check with your insurance they should pay. Mine did up to $400.00.

      Comment
    • Life is Good! Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      I suggest wig shopping before you loose your hair. Take a friend and have fun trying them on. Real hair wigs are much more expensive. Synthetic are cheaper, but don't open the oven with it on... it could melt. Some insurances cover wigs. Your doctor can write you a prescription for one. ...

      more

      I suggest wig shopping before you loose your hair. Take a friend and have fun trying them on. Real hair wigs are much more expensive. Synthetic are cheaper, but don't open the oven with it on... it could melt. Some insurances cover wigs. Your doctor can write you a prescription for one. Have you attended "Look Good, Feel Better" Session offered by the American Cancer Society? They provide great tips for wigs, hats, scarves, makeup, penciling in your brows, etc. and give you lots of free make up. The American Cancer society gives away free donated wigs. I got one close to my color, but other women go wild and pick something completely different. Good luck finding one you feel comfortable in! Keep the questions coming! Your Pink Sisters care about you!

      1 comment
  • Danielle Moore Profile

    I've been diagnosed with LCIS after breast reduction surgery. I'm so confused about this and I have to wait weeks to see a doctor. Do I have breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 8 years 1 answer
    • Lysa Allison Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I did some research and it is lobular carcinoma in situ. From what I read, it is not cancer but abnormal cells in the lobules that increases the risk for developing cancer in the future. Not everyone develops cancer. It is found accidentally when doing some other procedure. I would call my doctor...

      more

      I did some research and it is lobular carcinoma in situ. From what I read, it is not cancer but abnormal cells in the lobules that increases the risk for developing cancer in the future. Not everyone develops cancer. It is found accidentally when doing some other procedure. I would call my doctor and ask him/her to explain it to you

      4 comments
  • A Mc Profile

    Finished radiation yesterday!! Now just waiting for my liver to get better so I can start tamoxifen ;)

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 8 answers
    • View all 8 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      YAHOOOO! Each completed portion of your treatment plan is another step to getting back to normal life. This is a BIG ONE!!!! You go girl! Hang in there and take care, Sharon

      2 comments
    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Cancer loses!!! Good work Congrats

      1 comment
  • norma marr Profile

    Why do you need radiation after having chemo, double mastectomies and reconstruction?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 3 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Norma,
      I had very minimal treatment.... meaning a mastectomy, only 4 rounds of AC, and 5 years of hormone therapy. My case went before a --tumor board-- to be discussed so I had the benefit of a bunch of opinions. They all came to the aggreement about my treatment. I had IDC 2B 1 micro pos....

      more

      Norma,
      I had very minimal treatment.... meaning a mastectomy, only 4 rounds of AC, and 5 years of hormone therapy. My case went before a --tumor board-- to be discussed so I had the benefit of a bunch of opinions. They all came to the aggreement about my treatment. I had IDC 2B 1 micro pos. lymph node. My oncologist had just returned from a breast cancer conference. They presented a completion of a study where my type/stage/grade of breast cancer only had a 1% improvement with 8 -10 rounds of Taxol. My onc. said for that, it was not worth what it would do to my body and my not even give me 1%. It made sense to me. This was 5 years ago so whether this still stands true, I don't know. So far, so good. Our treatments are all tailored to the individual, their types of cancers.... and all the testing that goes with it. I think age plays a big factor in it too. I would hope money isn't one of the deciding factors in our treatments..... meaning on the doctor's side.
      Take care, Sharon

      1 comment
    • dorothy harder Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      This is a really good question. I had the same one and was directed to the radiologist from my oncologist. He told me it was a good idea due to my stage. Even though I wonder if it was that really he wanted a piece of the insurance pie, I'm glad I got the 28 treatments because I know I did...

      more

      This is a really good question. I had the same one and was directed to the radiologist from my oncologist. He told me it was a good idea due to my stage. Even though I wonder if it was that really he wanted a piece of the insurance pie, I'm glad I got the 28 treatments because I know I did what the recommended treatment was to insure the cancer may not come back. If it does, then I don't have regrets I did what was recommended. What I did learn is all these docs don't always agree on treatment options.

      Comment

Educational Video

Personal Story

Related Topics

Looking for another topic?
Use the search box in the top right.

Footer 3

Breast cancer affects one out of every eight women in their lifetime.

spread the word