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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 was wondering if anyone has been through the Brachytherapy radiation. I will have the catheter inserted next week and am worried about pain and discomfort.

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 1 Patient
    over 7 years 3 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Before I had chemo. my oncologist ordered a "port" inserted into my upper chest. It was done under general anesthesia, even though I requested local. So.... I didn't feel a bit of pain. From the hospital after the port was place I went to the oncologist's office for my first chemo. treatement....

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      Before I had chemo. my oncologist ordered a "port" inserted into my upper chest. It was done under general anesthesia, even though I requested local. So.... I didn't feel a bit of pain. From the hospital after the port was place I went to the oncologist's office for my first chemo. treatement. I slept through most of it as I was exhausted but no pain at all. Being that yours is a different treatment I don't really know what is involved. I find when going through all of these procedures, they really try to make it as comfortable as they can. Don't be shy about asking anything about the procedure. Kindly question them before ANYTHING is done.... how painful is this going to be? I would imagine, if it was going to be very painful, they would put you under either general anesthesia of some kind of sedation. You could always request something if you have a low tolerance to pain. Hang in there, gal!

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    • Becky G Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      I haven't had my radiation yet. I actually had never heard about this type of radiation until I just looked it up online. I am interested in learning more about it.

      I am assuming, since you are having this therapy, that you haven't had surgery yet. Will this HDR Brachytherapy help you to...

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      I haven't had my radiation yet. I actually had never heard about this type of radiation until I just looked it up online. I am interested in learning more about it.

      I am assuming, since you are having this therapy, that you haven't had surgery yet. Will this HDR Brachytherapy help you to prevent surgery?

      I wish you all the best!

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    I've had an inverted nipple my whole life, and I have a slight pain every now and then beneath it. I'm 21 years old. Is this normal for someone who naturally has in inverted nip? I'm embarrassed to tell my mom about this and worried to go to the doctors.

    Asked by anonymous

    over 4 years 4 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      At your age you can make your own doctor appointments. At your next yearly check up with the gyn he/she should be doing a breast check. If you haven't been doing you female yearly find a gyn and get a breast check.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Make an appointment with your doctor. This is of concern to YOU. You don't have to tell you mother about this if it embarrasses you. You are an adult and should have this checked. We can't tell you what is wrong and why this is happening. We certainly can't tell you this is all right and...

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      Make an appointment with your doctor. This is of concern to YOU. You don't have to tell you mother about this if it embarrasses you. You are an adult and should have this checked. We can't tell you what is wrong and why this is happening. We certainly can't tell you this is all right and nothing to worry about. If I were you, I would see why this is happening.
      Take care, Sharon

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    Will my health suffer when I'm off my normal supplement routine? I normally take biotin, b12, calcium and others. I start chemo on June 12th and my doc wants me to stop taking which makes me a bit nervous.

    Asked by anonymous

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

      Sylvia,

      I think Vicki E's statement is so correct. Set aside your apprehension and concentrate on getting through your treatments. At this stage, your supplements may be doing more harm than good. Hang in there and take care, Sharon

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    • vicki e Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      Sylvia they told me to quit taking my supplements during chemo too. I guess the thinking is you dont want your cells (good and bad) to be strong enough to resist the chemo. Makes sense when you think about it like that. Let that nasty chemo do its job

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  • Sharon Danielson Profile

    Breast Cancer Info. From Johns Hopkins. I have signed up for this monthly newsletter http://www.hopkinsbreastcenter.org/artemis/

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2007
    about 7 years 2 answers
    • Jennifer Jones Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      Thanks for the info Sharon. I love reading all of your posts. You are so informed and encouraging. :)

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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Thank you, Sharon! Great info!

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