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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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  • Susan Green Profile

    Is anyone taking anastrozole and what are your side effects?

    Asked by anonymous

    Patient
    over 6 years 4 answers
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    • Mary Ann Eisenberg Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      I am taking it now. One mg a day. I have no side effects. I had Stage three Breast Cancer. Had mastectomy in September, diagnosed end of August. Did not have to have chemo or radiation. Cancer free yippee!

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    • Lisa Cefaratti Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      I was diagnosed in July of 2009, total Right mastectomy on 9/14/09, followed by 4 rounds of chemo which started in the end of October 2009 and ended in February of 2010. I started on Tamoxifen because I was not menopausal until I started chemo, but was not post-menopausal until this past...

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      I was diagnosed in July of 2009, total Right mastectomy on 9/14/09, followed by 4 rounds of chemo which started in the end of October 2009 and ended in February of 2010. I started on Tamoxifen because I was not menopausal until I started chemo, but was not post-menopausal until this past November. My Oncologist switched me from Tamoxifen to Anastrozole. I was on it for about 4 months and I started having a lot of pain and swelling in my hands and feet, also i cold not sleep at night. The insomnia was so bad, I went almost 4 nights without sleeping. I had terrible headaches, and very bad confusion. I could not concentrate or multitask...it was awful!! I went to my doctor and she took me off the Anastrozole and wanted to see me in two months. When I went two months later, she put me on another A.I. (aromotase inhibitor), that was similar to Anastrozole, but chemically a little different. Well, long story short, I did not tolerate that either. So she was going to put me back on Tamoxifen, but I lost my medical benefits, and my job, and I can't afford the medication out of pocket. I did some research and found that chrysin, a flavonoid found in passionflower, has aromotase inhibitor action. Taken with piperine adds to the effects.

      Nature has provided an abundance of aromatase inhibitors

      You don't have to take drugs to inhibit aromatase. Nature has provided plants that will get the job done without harmful side effects. In April, Natural News ran an article about the powerful aromatase inhibiting ability of chrysin (http://www.naturalnews.com/026086.html), a flavonoid from the passion flower plant. Research showed that chrysin worked as well to inhibit the aromatase enzyme as a drug designed for that purpose. Chrysin is normally taken as a supplement along with piperine which greatly enhances its bioavailability.

      Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/026514_cancer_breast_natural.html#ixzz21EjM5XR8

      This was one of my sources. The anastrozole is over $600.00 per month out of pocket, and the passionflower suspension only costs $12.00 per month supply. I get it at Whole Foods.

      Some people feel more comfortable with modern medicine, but if there are herbs that do the same thing, I'm all for that. In hindsight, I never would have done chemo.
      Good luck to all my sisters, whatever you choose to do for yourself, remember it IS YOUR CHOICE!!!!!

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  • Brandi Carey Profile

    whats the longest any1 has had the drain tubes in after bilateral masectomy?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 6 years 6 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Brandi,
      Don't go to the dark side, darlin'.... drains are in place only as long as they have to be. Everybody is different. I watched my levels of fluid out put, S-L-O-W-L-Y drop over the days. It is just up to how your body rids itself of this fluid and how much is being produced. I know...

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      Brandi,
      Don't go to the dark side, darlin'.... drains are in place only as long as they have to be. Everybody is different. I watched my levels of fluid out put, S-L-O-W-L-Y drop over the days. It is just up to how your body rids itself of this fluid and how much is being produced. I know it feels like forever but this will not be forever even though you think it won't end. Hang in there. Just think the big load of cancer cells have BEEN REMOVED!
      The days will pass and the drainage with get less and less. Don't think you are going to be the world record holder for the longest amount of time drains are in. You are not going to be the winner. Keep your chin up, gal, you will triumph. Take care, Sharon

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    • Traciann brundage Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Mine was 9 days but ps said some people a month

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    Hi ladies...i was wondering, anyone ever hear of a cancer fighting herb called black salve? would love some info

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 4 years 2 answers
  • Karen G Profile

    For those of you who just had their 2nd AC treatment, how does it compare to the first? I am going in for mine on Thursday.

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    almost 6 years 8 answers
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    • Wendy DeLong Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Besides hair starting to come out.... For me the accumulative effects of the treatments got harder each time. I was wiped out, and had really bad flu like symptoms... & weakness. Everyone is different. I'm done with my chemo now and feel better everyday. My hair is couple inches long and I'm...

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      Besides hair starting to come out.... For me the accumulative effects of the treatments got harder each time. I was wiped out, and had really bad flu like symptoms... & weakness. Everyone is different. I'm done with my chemo now and feel better everyday. My hair is couple inches long and I'm currently working on filling my expanders in prep for implants. This has been one of the hardest things i've ever done but so worth it. I wish you and everyone in the fight the best!!!!

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    • Evelyn Heilbrunn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Add Taxotere, and we had the same treatment. I don't think it makes any difference when it comes to the side effects -- a lot of them are due to the Adriamycin.

      My hair started to fall out about 3 weeks into the treatment course. I had it shaved off before I looked like I was molting! My...

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      Add Taxotere, and we had the same treatment. I don't think it makes any difference when it comes to the side effects -- a lot of them are due to the Adriamycin.

      My hair started to fall out about 3 weeks into the treatment course. I had it shaved off before I looked like I was molting! My scalp also really hurt and shaving my hair eliminated the pain.

      The effects of this stuff are cumulative. I peaked after the 4th treatment -- it didn't really get any worse after that. Be ready to feel awful -- it's par for the course. Be sure to ask your doctors for medications to treat ALL of your side effects. I had really good anti-nausea, pain, and thrush medicines. Yep, I got thrush. If you do, get on top of it right away.

      Stay in touch -- we're all here to help you through it!

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