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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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  • Kavita Vora Profile

    I am currently undergoing radiation and my skin is badly burnt. Anything to soothe the skin?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 8 years 7 answers
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    • Cheryl Wornham Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hi I also went through radiation I was using 100% Aloe Vera no color added (clear)
      But your Dr. May suggest something else
      Good luck to ya

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    • Nancy Snowden Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I also burned when going through my radiation. My doctor had me use a wash that I bought over the counter that dried up the oozing from the burn. Sorry I do not remember the name.

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  • Christine Kenyon Profile

    Treatments for triple n?

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    Patient
    almost 6 years 5 answers
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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Have you met with any doctors yet; surgeon, oncologist, etc? They will come up with a plan designed just for you.

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    • Brandi Mixon Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Betti is right, your medical team will come up with a plan that is designed just for you. I was diagnosed with TNBC and I had 6 rounds of Taxotere, Adriamycin, and Cytoxan (TAC). I did not have to have any radiation because I chose to have a double mastectomy. Talk openly with your medical team....

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      Betti is right, your medical team will come up with a plan that is designed just for you. I was diagnosed with TNBC and I had 6 rounds of Taxotere, Adriamycin, and Cytoxan (TAC). I did not have to have any radiation because I chose to have a double mastectomy. Talk openly with your medical team. Don't be afraid to ask any questions no matter how insignificant you think it might be. God bless you.

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  • Angie Hansen Profile

    What is recommended follow up after treatment is completed? I had bilateral mastectomy, 3 positive lymph nodes, underwent 4 doses of AC/cytoxin, and 12 doses taxol along with 7 weeks of radiation.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 4 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Angie, I think after all of that treatment, it's PART-TAY TIME! You have completed your treatment so celebrate. I don't know if you are going through reconstruction, if so, that process is probably on the horizon for you. I can only tell you how my care has been because it depends,...

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      Angie, I think after all of that treatment, it's PART-TAY TIME! You have completed your treatment so celebrate. I don't know if you are going through reconstruction, if so, that process is probably on the horizon for you. I can only tell you how my care has been because it depends, specifically, on the type of breast cancer and the pathology report. Breast cancer treatment isn't the same for every breast cancer patient. Your appointments and follow-up care depend specifically on your type of cancer. I had follow-up appointments at 3 month intervals for the first year, at least. You will probably have a short physical with the usual blood pressure, weight, checking lymph nodes under your arms, checking your belly, & blood tests at those appointments. Your doctor will probably take a detailed history of how you have been feeling, and any unusual pain or anything unusual you have sensed. If yours was an estrogen-receptor positive cancer you will probably be taking one of the drugs that block estrogen for the next 5 years. You probably already have an appointment set up with your oncologist. Write down any questions that you have. In the meantime, rejoice at the return of your hair! My hair came back in curly and for 6 months, it was VERY cool! Get yourself healthy, try to get some exercise and enjoy your life!

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    • tammy douglas Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Angie, my treatment plan is identical to yours except I'm receiving the chemo part first (same drugs). I have six more treatments then bilateral mastectomy is planned very soon. Then six- eight weeks of radiation. After that is the big question? Then what? I will look forward to the answers...

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      Angie, my treatment plan is identical to yours except I'm receiving the chemo part first (same drugs). I have six more treatments then bilateral mastectomy is planned very soon. Then six- eight weeks of radiation. After that is the big question? Then what? I will look forward to the answers you receive here. Congratulations on making it to the end of your treatments . Good luck !

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    im 39 and was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer should i do chemo

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 7 answers
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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      There are so many answers to that question. It truly comes done to what your treatment teams recomends and your choices. I am ILC I chose to follow my treatment teams recomdations and through everything at the cancer. Others will tell you to go in the opposite direction. Cancer treatment is very...

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      There are so many answers to that question. It truly comes done to what your treatment teams recomends and your choices. I am ILC I chose to follow my treatment teams recomdations and through everything at the cancer. Others will tell you to go in the opposite direction. Cancer treatment is very indivdual. You didn't tell us the kind of cancer and if it was in your nodes. I am 2 1/2 years cancer free and went with a aggressive treatment. The decision was easy I wanted the cancer gone and to know I had a future.

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    • Penny Walton Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2014

      My onc used some tools to show me the differences in my overall odds with and without chemo, a lot of data but it helped me to see what needed to be done. It's a tough choice, but you will find your individual path. God bless, Penny

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