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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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  • Bianca Larrea Profile

    I just started my chemo treatments. (my husband was delployed the day before) Does anyone know food support groups for breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 2 answers
    • Lysa Allison Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hi Bianca, I would recommend you get involved in a church. You are going to need a lot of help and support in many ways. The church will be able to tell you where the food banks are in your area as well as other services you may need. The church will also be able to give you the spiritual and...

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      Hi Bianca, I would recommend you get involved in a church. You are going to need a lot of help and support in many ways. The church will be able to tell you where the food banks are in your area as well as other services you may need. The church will also be able to give you the spiritual and emotional support you will need. Remember that God loves you. Good luck to you!

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    • Natalie Grant Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      What city are you in?

      1 comment
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    what if ultrasound shows nothing but mammogram does

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 5 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      This is not uncommon to have one test show something and another show nothing. You should keep investigating this until it is proven to be NOTHING. I was mis-diagnosed for 7 months until I could feel a lump and by then it was a much larger cancer that had spread to a lymph node. As scary as it...

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      This is not uncommon to have one test show something and another show nothing. You should keep investigating this until it is proven to be NOTHING. I was mis-diagnosed for 7 months until I could feel a lump and by then it was a much larger cancer that had spread to a lymph node. As scary as it is to keep pushing, it is much better to find out what those clumps of cells are by means of a biopsy. Just trying to share my personal experience and what I learned. Take care, Sharon

      3 comments
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      What actually did they tell you? When I worked in Mammography at times something could be seen on the mammo. but not the U/S. Sometimes tissue can overlap on a mammo. and makes it look like a mass so an U/S is ordered &/or additional views are done to clarify it. In my case they saw 2...

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      What actually did they tell you? When I worked in Mammography at times something could be seen on the mammo. but not the U/S. Sometimes tissue can overlap on a mammo. and makes it look like a mass so an U/S is ordered &/or additional views are done to clarify it. In my case they saw 2 different things, right next to each other. One area was best seen on U/S and the other with additional images. The Radiologist told me he ordered the U/S of the one area and if it could be seen that way it needed a biopsy and doing it with U/S guidance would be the easist for me and cheaper. He actually captured a small part of the other area too, but we biopsied it with a stereotactic unit. Has he recommended any other studies or did he said come back in say 6 months unless things change?

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    My sister has Stage 4 Triple Negative breast cancer. She has received Hyperthermia/Chemo in Germany with great results. We live in US. Does anyone know a good reputable hyperthermia source closer to US than Germany?

    Asked by anonymous

    almost 4 years 1 answer
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I just did a search of this and the American Cancer Society popped up. The article was a couple of years old though and its writing said it was considered experimental. Perhaps call the ACS and see what info. they have and where places may be in the US.

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    I had bowel cancer 2yrs ago. I've just had a lumpectomy Stage 2 ER&PR+ No nodes. I would gain about 4% if I do chemo. I need radiation & hormone therapy. I'm 54. I don’t know what to do. I asked the dr what he would do if it was him, he said he'd do it

    Asked by anonymous

    about 1 year 1 answer
    • Sue Boston Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2014

      If it were me and I had cancer twice, I would do whatever it took to not have cancer return and do everything the doctor suggested. You have to do what you feel is right for you.

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