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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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  • Anne Thompson Profile

    I am switching from Tamoxifen to Arimidex...thoughts?

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2011
    about 7 years 4 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I will probably be on Tamoxifen for another year or so and then on to arimidex so I am also interested in anyone's experience also. I am 54 but still haven't been through menopause, hadnt even started, my onco will test me again in a year or so, so until that happens I am on Tamoxifen. Side...

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      I will probably be on Tamoxifen for another year or so and then on to arimidex so I am also interested in anyone's experience also. I am 54 but still haven't been through menopause, hadnt even started, my onco will test me again in a year or so, so until that happens I am on Tamoxifen. Side effect haven't been too bad on tamoxifen and no weight gain but would like to know what o expect when I go on to arimidex, if I ever do.

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    • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      I switched from tamoxifen to arimidex about 4 months ago the first month I had a period a common occurrence per my gyn oncologist. Did have a endometrial biopsy to make sure all was okay. Hot flashes are more extreme dripping wet bone and joint pain also more severe then when I was on tamoxifen....

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      I switched from tamoxifen to arimidex about 4 months ago the first month I had a period a common occurrence per my gyn oncologist. Did have a endometrial biopsy to make sure all was okay. Hot flashes are more extreme dripping wet bone and joint pain also more severe then when I was on tamoxifen. My oncologist says it should all get better as hormone levels balance out. Take care

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  • Lydia Bujanda Profile

    I was dx with dcis and opted for unilateral mastectomy. Final path report showed a small .4mm invasive tumor that had spread to breast and was triple negative. Now my onc wants to do chemo, isn't this too aggressive since I did have mastectomy?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 6 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      So true Blair. I'm also triple negative. Did chemo then surgery and soon I'll begin rad therapy. Goal is to make sure there isn't even one of those horrible cells. Jayme

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    • Mary Foti Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      Your oncologist is not being aggressive -- he/she is being thorough. There is no follow up treatment after surgery, radiation and chemo if you have triple negative breast cancer. Medications like tamoxifen and Arimidex and herceptin don't affect triple negative; therefore your oncologist is wise...

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      Your oncologist is not being aggressive -- he/she is being thorough. There is no follow up treatment after surgery, radiation and chemo if you have triple negative breast cancer. Medications like tamoxifen and Arimidex and herceptin don't affect triple negative; therefore your oncologist is wise to suggest chemo because there is a very small chance the cancer may have already spread beyond the breast and the chemo should work to kill any of those before they get a chance to set up shop somewhere else in your body. A mastectomy is a wise move also, but it can't always prevent a recurrence by itself.

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    Is every type of pain in breast is a sign of breast cancer? What is the treatment when somone know abt cancer ?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 2 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      The best advice would be if this is not normal for you have this checked by your doctor. It is difficult to tell if this discomfort is from breast cancer. I had pain, and itching but I also had a lump and inverted nipple. The best advice is to check with your doctor. Pain can also be a common...

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      The best advice would be if this is not normal for you have this checked by your doctor. It is difficult to tell if this discomfort is from breast cancer. I had pain, and itching but I also had a lump and inverted nipple. The best advice is to check with your doctor. Pain can also be a common indication of a cyst which is NOT cancer! Pain can also be caused by fluctuations in hormones. Take care, Sharon

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I didn 't have any pain and had ILC stage 3. I think you should be checked by a doctor if you have pain. It can be many different things besides cancer.

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    My friend had a lumpectomy 2 weeks ago and the margins were not clear. She's going in again for a second surgery. They have it scheduled out four weeks from today. I think waiting that long is unreasonable. What are your thoughts?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 3 years 4 answers
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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Perhaps between her schedule and the doctor's that is the earliest it will work out for both of them.

      1 comment
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      It's not a critical timing. She has had the majority of the tumor removed. Sometimes it is difficult to get schedules coordinated. She can always contact the surgeon's office to be on a call list if an earlier time opens up. You are a good friend to be concerned about her. Rather than...

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      It's not a critical timing. She has had the majority of the tumor removed. Sometimes it is difficult to get schedules coordinated. She can always contact the surgeon's office to be on a call list if an earlier time opens up. You are a good friend to be concerned about her. Rather than possibly causing anxiety, you can assure her she is on the road to getting rid of this cancer and will be ok. Take care, Sharon

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