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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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  • terri best Profile

    Today is my 8th and last chemo. Woo Hoo!!! I have to get my port out soon. My first post mammo and MRI on 2-13. Sometime later I'll start my rads. How after chemo to start rads? Also, has anyone heard about useing tea/tea bags for burns from rads?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2B Patient
    over 6 years 5 answers
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    • Jennifer Jones Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      I started 3 weeks after chemo. Good luck!!!

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Terri,
      I didn't have radiation but many women on this board have had. They have spoken of several different creams on the market that probably work better than tea bags although that is an old timey remedy for sunburn. Be sure to ask the radiation techs or your radiologist for the names of...

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      Terri,
      I didn't have radiation but many women on this board have had. They have spoken of several different creams on the market that probably work better than tea bags although that is an old timey remedy for sunburn. Be sure to ask the radiation techs or your radiologist for the names of different preparations. Take care, Sharon

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    Looking for info on Radiation for breast cancer 5 years or more out; how are you doing after having radiation 5 or more years ago? Any side effects from the radiation?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 5 years 5 answers
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    • Mimi Carroll Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Great question!

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I'm 3 years out and so far no long term side effects yet.

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  • Wendy Smith Profile

    My sister was diagnosed 2 wks ago & is having surgery this Wednesday. I feel so darn helpless - my best friend has breast cancer - don't know what to do or how to help her. She tells us she's going to have 12 weeks chemo then a month of radiation after.

    Asked by anonymous

    Family Member or Loved One
    about 7 years 8 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Wendy, how wonderful it is she has you standing by her and loving her so much.

      Accompany her especially to her chemo appointments. Sometimes they give a sedative and she won't be able to drive.

      You can help by making her some food when she doesn't feel like eating. Chemo may, very likely,...

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      Wendy, how wonderful it is she has you standing by her and loving her so much.

      Accompany her especially to her chemo appointments. Sometimes they give a sedative and she won't be able to drive.

      You can help by making her some food when she doesn't feel like eating. Chemo may, very likely, alter her taste and sense of smell. I was hooked on salads and anything green and leafy. My favorites.... coffee and chocolate tasted awful. Things returned to normal after my chemo.

      You can watch funny movies with her.

      You can make a party out of shaving her head. This saves the dreadful stage of having to watch her hair fall out in clumps. (Her hair will come out a couple of weeks past the first chemo.

      Only pass along positive stories of breast cancer survival. Really it isn't difficult to find good outcomes type stories.... survival is the name of the game with breast cancer treatment these days! Your sister has already run the nightmare stuff through her head... she needs the happily-ever-after.

      If she has financial problems, have her (or you) contact the cancer society, Susan G. Komen, Avon Breast Cancer... just google breast cancer financial assistance. There are places out there that can assist.

      Your sister will have lots of sisters-in-breast cancer. She can do this and come out stronger on the other side. She will be ok. She is very lucky to have you caring so much.
      Don't be the least bit shy about keeping in contact with us. We have either been through it or are going through the treatment right now.

      Blessings, Sharon

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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Hi Wendy....first of all, thank you so much for your nice compliment on an earlier post if mine. I hope my story gave you hope and encouragement for your sister and best friend. Cancer affects every one around the patient. Treatment isn't easy but it's doable. I feel the emotional aspect of...

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      Hi Wendy....first of all, thank you so much for your nice compliment on an earlier post if mine. I hope my story gave you hope and encouragement for your sister and best friend. Cancer affects every one around the patient. Treatment isn't easy but it's doable. I feel the emotional aspect of having cancer is greater than the physical pain. I read every survivor story I could get my hands on. Lol. That really helped me. Hope & faith are powerful things. I couldn't have gone through all that I did without them. That...and if course family, friends, prayer, and a wonderful boyfriend. I will say a prayer for your dear sister for her surgery on Wednesday. And for your best friend as well. They are so fortunate to have you. Please keep us posted. Lots of hugs Wendy, Diana

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