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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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    When should someone do chemo?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 1 answer
    • Lori S Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      There are many individual factors that go into that treatment decision as everyone's circumstances are different.

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    I just had a lumpectomy and sentinel node biopsy positive. The doctor said that after my lumpectomy I would have radiation, but the sentinel node being positive makes me wonder what treatment would be best.

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 5 answers
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    • vicki e Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      Four years ago I was diagnosed with stage 2b idc. I also had two positive nodes. I had a mastectomy, chemo and radiation. my docs assured me that the chemo and rads would take care of the two positive nodes and did not remove them. Fast forward to march 1,2012 and my two positive nodes were now...

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      Four years ago I was diagnosed with stage 2b idc. I also had two positive nodes. I had a mastectomy, chemo and radiation. my docs assured me that the chemo and rads would take care of the two positive nodes and did not remove them. Fast forward to march 1,2012 and my two positive nodes were now nine positive nodes. I am doing chemo again. I am not a happy camper. I questioned the decision not to trove them but wish I had thrown an all out hissy fit and insisted. I don't think I would be going through this again. If you decide to insist on the node removal, don't apologize to anyone and stand your ground. I wish I had. Docs are human and make mistakes. Go with your gut because you know your body best. My doc thought I was being a whiny butt. I should have been a screaming banshee ! Good luck and keep us posted.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I was in the same situation. I was told before my lumpectomy I would only need radiation. My sentinel lymph nodes were positive so now I am having chemotherapy then radiation then femora for 5 years. Ask your surgeon. My surgeon told my husband about the need for chemotherapy right after he...

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      I was in the same situation. I was told before my lumpectomy I would only need radiation. My sentinel lymph nodes were positive so now I am having chemotherapy then radiation then femora for 5 years. Ask your surgeon. My surgeon told my husband about the need for chemotherapy right after he completed my surgery.

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    will an ultrasound show cancer

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 2 answers
    • Renea Wunderlin Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Ultrasound never showed my cancer and I had it in two spots.

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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      An ultrasound will provide more info about the mass. It may show it is filled with fluid like a cyst or solid with irregular edges which may be cancer. A biopsy will determine for sure if it is cancer and what type. 80% of lumps are benign. It's always best to get it checked for peace of mind....

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      An ultrasound will provide more info about the mass. It may show it is filled with fluid like a cyst or solid with irregular edges which may be cancer. A biopsy will determine for sure if it is cancer and what type. 80% of lumps are benign. It's always best to get it checked for peace of mind. Best wishes for good results. Keep us posted, we care about you!

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