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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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  • Jeannie jennings Profile

    What does "pagets disease" of the breast look like?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years Answer
  • karyn johnson Profile

    I just want to let anyone experiencing extreme irritation in the underarm during radiation know the relief using corn starch gave me. I was in so much pain and one day of using it has given me the most relief I have ever felt!

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 4 answers
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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      My rads. team told me to use Aloe Vera gel while doing rads. and I always made sure I put some in the underarm area as it was being radiated too even though the lymph nodes that were removed were all negative. Every clinic has their own protocol of what to use so if they don't tell you at your...

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      My rads. team told me to use Aloe Vera gel while doing rads. and I always made sure I put some in the underarm area as it was being radiated too even though the lymph nodes that were removed were all negative. Every clinic has their own protocol of what to use so if they don't tell you at your first treatment ask them. I never used deodarant while I was doing rads., didn't have any hair there anyway and I was told not to use it or shave until I was done.

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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      I had major breakdown under arm area. I had to use silvadene only took a few days to start improving.

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  • aimee debord Profile

    I recently found two spots on my left breast. I have had mammograms and an ultrasound. My case was reffered to as the breast cent and they want to make more tests. Any ideas what they might be?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 4 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Aimee,
      Don't have a clue but they have to be extremely careful and all the drama puts you through mental -hell! Most of these things even when they ask for biopsy's turn out to be something benign. Keep yourself very busy and try not to go to the dark side in your mind. You have already done...

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      Aimee,
      Don't have a clue but they have to be extremely careful and all the drama puts you through mental -hell! Most of these things even when they ask for biopsy's turn out to be something benign. Keep yourself very busy and try not to go to the dark side in your mind. You have already done the best thing you can by getting into see a doctor. They are, in turn, doing the best and referring you to a specialty clinic. It could be something as benign as very dense breast tissue that a mammogram and ultrasound can't get clear shots of. They are probably going to do biopsy's and you will have to go through --wiaitng-hell-- which is just a pain. Hang in there, do not let your imagination run wild. Most of these lumpy things are nothing more than just lumpy things. Take care, Sharon

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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Hi Aimee, In my case, my surgeon opted for 4 core biopsy samples (he said it was typical to take 3-6). There is also the fine needle which can be inconclusive. I know of women who have had the stereotactic biopsy. There is the incisional and excisional biopsy also. It depends on your particular...

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      Hi Aimee, In my case, my surgeon opted for 4 core biopsy samples (he said it was typical to take 3-6). There is also the fine needle which can be inconclusive. I know of women who have had the stereotactic biopsy. There is the incisional and excisional biopsy also. It depends on your particular situation. Some need an MRI. You're in the worst place right now. Try not too see only the bad news that could be. You have a greater chance of it being benign unless your doctor is almost certain it is cancer and alerted you to his concern. In my case, the doctor felt the hard lump and went pale. We both knew before he did the biopsy a few hours later. But whatever the diagnosis, you've made the best decision you could ever make. YOU WENT TO THE DOCTOR !!!! Hang in there and keep us posted. Cyber hugs and praying for peace your way. Jo :-D

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    My mother has been diagonised as stage 2 breast cancer. she undergone surgrey and first round of chemo.it is one week after her chemo but we have not notice any hair fall. she have very long hairs .wen it may start? we cannot stop our cry.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 6 years 8 answers
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    • Mimi Carroll Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hugs to you all. Hair loss strays about day 15-19.

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    • Cali V Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      I had very long hair as well but I started going shorter right before chemo. Mine started falling out on the 14th day. Roughly it will be after the second week

      Comment

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