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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.

Related Questions

  • gima green Profile

    Has anyone begun have headaches during from radiation of breast cancer? I'm10 days into radiation treatment and have headaches the last few days.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 2 years 2 answers
    • Trisha Muller Quinn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2014

      Maybe it's they position they are putting you into while you get zapped !!!..... Or maybe just a little stress !!! .. Get your eyes checked or rechecked for glasses ... Drink heaps of water because radiation heats up your body temperature .... But .. A chat with techs before your next radiation...

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      Maybe it's they position they are putting you into while you get zapped !!!..... Or maybe just a little stress !!! .. Get your eyes checked or rechecked for glasses ... Drink heaps of water because radiation heats up your body temperature .... But .. A chat with techs before your next radiation session may help or a doctor appointment!! ::))))

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      It could be a number of things. I saw my doctor every Monday while doing rads. and even though I saw him the Monday of the last week I also saw him on my last day, that Friday. I did mention something to one of the techs. one time and she went and got the doctor to answer my question before...

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      It could be a number of things. I saw my doctor every Monday while doing rads. and even though I saw him the Monday of the last week I also saw him on my last day, that Friday. I did mention something to one of the techs. one time and she went and got the doctor to answer my question before starting that day.

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    I've had 4 chemo treatments to shrink tumor and lymph nodes before surgery. If I have lumpectomy will I have to have chemo again?? Or just radiation?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 4 years 2 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Everybody's treatment plan is different. It just depends of the many facts about your particular cancer. This is something you should talk to your oncologist about. I'd hate to take a wild guess and have it be completely wrong. Take care, Sharon

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    • Mimi Carroll Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Neoadjuvant is usually your only chemo... But as we all learn each of us is unique. I Had Chemo and surgery and more chemo and herceptin and radiation... Talk with your oncologist.... And know that it is good to have a plan, but also the plan may need to be changed due to your specific...

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      Neoadjuvant is usually your only chemo... But as we all learn each of us is unique. I Had Chemo and surgery and more chemo and herceptin and radiation... Talk with your oncologist.... And know that it is good to have a plan, but also the plan may need to be changed due to your specific problems with cancer or treatment.

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    fat necrosis following radiation?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    5 months 4 answers
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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I'm not sure what you are asking, I assume can radiation cause fat necrosis? I know someone who had an area of fat necrosis but it wasn't from radiation. You need to be asking your team about it.

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    I am 43 years old Asian. did lumpectomy last December. with Breast Cancer stage 1A. with HER2 negative, PR negative, ER postive. Doctor said I need Chemoterapy but I don't think I need one. I need some help with my decision.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 4 years 5 answers
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    • Lou Cam Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I would ask to have the oncotype test that helps determine if chemo would benefit you, and by how much. If your oncologist has not mentioned this, ask about it, or get a second opinion. Tissue from your tumor that was removed is sent for testing, so it is specific to you. I had a low...

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      I would ask to have the oncotype test that helps determine if chemo would benefit you, and by how much. If your oncologist has not mentioned this, ask about it, or get a second opinion. Tissue from your tumor that was removed is sent for testing, so it is specific to you. I had a low score, and did not have chemo.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I chose the most aggresive treatment offered. I wanted to kill any sneeky cancer cell hiding and thats want chemo did for me.

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