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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 am recovering from a lumpectomy and noe bx. What is an onco score ? I am new to this an fin this site so helpful.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years 4 answers
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    • Lou Cam Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Some of the tissue removed in your lumpectomy is tested. The resulting score can contribute to your decision to have chemo or not. It looks to me like only a score less than 20 would be considered low enough for me not to have chemo. My doctor has not offered this, and thanks to the ladies on...

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      Some of the tissue removed in your lumpectomy is tested. The resulting score can contribute to your decision to have chemo or not. It looks to me like only a score less than 20 would be considered low enough for me not to have chemo. My doctor has not offered this, and thanks to the ladies on this site, I'm going to request it.

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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      No question is to weird or small. Somebody had it too. Please ask.

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  • Alison Smith Profile

    Has anyone else had problems with painful sex after chemo? I have tried Replens but hasn't helped.

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    Survivor since 2012
    over 7 years 6 answers
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Hi Alison, I 've used Replens everyday for two years(it's that safe) and a gel lubricant for senistive skin for that intimate time. It may be, you'll need more time for healing depending how far out you're from therapy. I didn't have chemo but was post menopause and the Femara has really done a...

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      Hi Alison, I 've used Replens everyday for two years(it's that safe) and a gel lubricant for senistive skin for that intimate time. It may be, you'll need more time for healing depending how far out you're from therapy. I didn't have chemo but was post menopause and the Femara has really done a number on me. My new norm can be uncomfortable but I found Breastcancer.org and it's site on sex and intimacy helpful. Hope you find your new comfort zone. Be persistent and don't give up. ;-D Jo

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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Talk to yor gyno and your doctor. My onc kind of blushed but his nurse was a wealth of information. I'm a very traditional woman(wink wink) experiment I know 1 woman who used olive oil. We women who are estrogen have a tough to road in this atea

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    Did any of you guys stop working to do chemo?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    over 7 years 12 answers
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    • Christina H Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Please take advantage of any Short Term Disability that your job may offer you. Just remember this -- you are in the fight for your life. Your job will go on if you aren't here. You need to focus on HEALING. Alot of people do not have that kind of benefit though and are worried about losing...

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      Please take advantage of any Short Term Disability that your job may offer you. Just remember this -- you are in the fight for your life. Your job will go on if you aren't here. You need to focus on HEALING. Alot of people do not have that kind of benefit though and are worried about losing their income. Along with Short Term disability, there is the FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) that can protect you and your job if you meet the qualifications as well as your employer meeting the qualifications.

      With that mouthful being said... I am one of the lucky ones that have wonderful benefits, including Short Term (had 100% pay for 6 weeks, 75, 6 weeks after, 60% until it ran out).

      I actually started working intermittently, while I was out on short term, after the 100% pay. But working when I wanted to and only from home.

      Chemo made me VERY sick, but I had some ok days in between. I'm glad I had the ability to stay home and heal, without worry. Again, I'm one of the lucky ones where my employer supported me and still does to this day. Best Wishes.

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    • Isabel Souchet Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      I worked part time only in the office, the rest at home. I was just too ill. Everyone is different though. Most people do work.

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