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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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  • lisa epstein Profile

    Hi everyone Like I stated before I had uterus cancer and breast cancer .

    Asked by anonymous

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

      Well, dang Lisa, you hit the cancer jackpot! I also must add you really are a winner because these were both caught at early stages!!!! It is always difficult to say what is going to be happening as far as your treatment because it truly depends on your individual cancer cells. You have a lot...

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      Well, dang Lisa, you hit the cancer jackpot! I also must add you really are a winner because these were both caught at early stages!!!! It is always difficult to say what is going to be happening as far as your treatment because it truly depends on your individual cancer cells. You have a lot of information right now but your oncologist will lay out your treatment plan and YOU WILL BE OK! It isn't a picnic but as someone said to me, "It's not your mother's chemotherapy." Meaning.... it has been made much more tolerable. We have all been there and know the path you are on right now. We are here to help you through this and are sorry you joined the club. This is the only club were we hate getting new members... sigh. Hang in there Lisa, please keep in touch with us. (That is an adorable pupper-doodle you have!!!) Take care, Sharon

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    • lisa epstein Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Forgot to mention all caught early needed hystrrecty and lumpecty for bc 2.mm. Had radiation and now on arimitrex, was just toldy thyroid is closing down on me. Now I am nervous I have thyroid cancer

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    What changes in my breast can I expect during and after radiation therapy? I start on Monday and am kinda apprehensive.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 10 answers
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    • Jk Joyce Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Yep, it's me Jo. :) I won't go into deep details Jayme but I got 16 rads and the week after my last one, I had second degrees burns. I had three places under my arm that cracked open and my dr. Gave me some purple stuff in her office to put in the splits. I used Aquaphor all the time. It took...

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      Yep, it's me Jo. :) I won't go into deep details Jayme but I got 16 rads and the week after my last one, I had second degrees burns. I had three places under my arm that cracked open and my dr. Gave me some purple stuff in her office to put in the splits. I used Aquaphor all the time. It took awhile to heal but I made it thru it. I am still sore inside and have hard places...but it's all ok. I am alive and kicking. Lol. Now, if I can make it thru the hot flashes from the Tamoxifen I gotta it licked. Best of luck and don't let any of what I went thru scare you. Everyone is different and yours may be a breeze. I think it just helps to be aware of possibilities. God bless.

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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Hi Jayme, You won't feel anything on the table. By my 8th or 9th treatment, I began to feel little prickles and twinges. By the end of my 16 rads, I had a slightly tan box, a light measle-looking rash that would pop out, especially when I got hot, itching,tenderness, puffiness, and minor hardness...

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      Hi Jayme, You won't feel anything on the table. By my 8th or 9th treatment, I began to feel little prickles and twinges. By the end of my 16 rads, I had a slightly tan box, a light measle-looking rash that would pop out, especially when I got hot, itching,tenderness, puffiness, and minor hardness of the breast, small clear blisters. The underarm was already numb and the skin irritation here could be maddening. Many women suffer in the crease under the breast and have to put a cotton clothe in the crease to prevent skin on skin. NO skin on skin under my breast(mine was removed so that really wasn't my issue.) or skin on skin under arm and the arm against the breast. Wear a soft cotton t-shirt that will prevent that.You must do that all important stretching to keep the chest and arm mobile. Drink water, water and more water to aid the healing as the dead cells are disposed of and the sick cells have to work overtime to heal. Be sure to wash off all lotions and ointments before each treatment to prevent serious burning like a McDonald's fry.(I found that ritual even more tedious than the 2 and a Half hour round trip to the cancer center.) Fatigue will come depending on the individual. I came in from my trip, ate lunch and hit the couch for a snooze. Hope you can do the same thing. Since you have to wash off lotions everyday, avoid washing the breast during shower. Don't let the water hit the site directly, and NO hot water. Braless is good but I had to wear one at times because of the heaviness from surgery. Still had to sleep in a soft sports bra or lounging bra. My radiologist told me if I just had to wear one during the day, go to my drawers and pull out the old stretched out throw away and wear it.(No underwire or anything tight) Air is great but you're caught between a rock and a hard place. I wore a soft bra to treatment and came home braless. My last week, I would feel the sharp pains and prickles by the time I was leaving the city to head home. Nothing that hangs on (quick and fleeting pain, a slight dull throb sometimes). None of this was unbearable but more annoying for me and unnerving. I'm sure the girls that had twice the rads than me will have more to say. Finished mine two months ago. Still can't get hot and have minor discomfort from the surgery and rads, not sure which. My radiologist told me it could be up to a year before those painful little catches and prickles completely go away. I tell myself it's a reminder that I still have my breast and it doesn't look that bad. Don't use anything on your skin unless you get the ok from your doctor. No deoderant under that arm and no perfumed soaps. I used Dove soap for sensitive skin(hypoallergenic) Soft cotton helps wick away moisture and is a gentle caress on tender skin(keeps it dry except for your ointments you use) If it cracks, don't put ointments on the cracks. The doctor will prescibe something. You'll hear from Kaye, she really had a tough time. For me, radiation was the easiest of my treatment plan. If i had to do it again, I wouldn't hesitate. You girls that had chemo before and after rads are the real warriors. Ask your doctor all your smallest questions. Never hesitate. Tell your sweet techs every concern, they will shuttle you to the doctor if you need to have a quick peek by him. Good luck and be good to yourself during the treatment. Healing hugs. Jo :-D

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  • Lori S Profile

    Tamoxifen or no tamoxifen? What did you decide if faced with that choice?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 9 answers
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    • Jacquie B Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Started it just over a week ago. Like Kaye said...insurance. I am eager. Not sleeping very deeply but nothing to worry about. Head ache for the first 4 days and nausea . Also retaining a little fluid but nothing crazy.

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    • Lori S Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I'm really hesitant for fear of side effects...

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  • Amber Manjarrez Profile

    Hello I am 20 years old and im scared. I've been feeling breast pain and do have lumps. Im getting pain under my arm as well. I do not have any other symptoms but i was wondering is there a possibility i could have cancer please help

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 5 answers
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    • Mary Chase Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I know you are frightened and we all understand that. But, we are not doctors. You really must have it checked out by your doctor. It may be nothing at all to worry about but we can't tell you that. Please make an appt. with your doctor right away for your own piece of mind.

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    • Cheryl Wornham Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hi it's a very scary felling when you think something could be wrong make an appointment with your Dr. So he can check it out
      My thoughts and prayers to you take care

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