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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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  • Nancy Ries Profile

    First mammogram since diagnosis and treatment is Monday. How many ways to say I am nervous? Used to be routine. Not any more. Taking my husband along for support.

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2011
    over 7 years 4 answers
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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Out of everything thing I've done that mammogram made me the most nervous. But it was pure joy when it came back clear. God Bless and good thoughts for your mammogram.

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    • Cheryl Wornham Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hi Nancy, I am going for my first mammogram 1 year after my diagnosis on Monday I know how you are feeling may all come back clear good luck

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    I just found out I have to have a biopsy but can't get an appointment for 2 weeks - how much risk is this? A mass showed on the mamogram, but they couln't find it on the ultrasound.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 6 answers
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      One-two weeks is about the average waiting time that I've heard of women having to wait. I had to wait about 9 days. Waiting for the biopsy...then waiting for the results can be tortuous. Some masses will show up on a mammogram that won't show up on an ultrasound & vice versa. And sometimes...

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      One-two weeks is about the average waiting time that I've heard of women having to wait. I had to wait about 9 days. Waiting for the biopsy...then waiting for the results can be tortuous. Some masses will show up on a mammogram that won't show up on an ultrasound & vice versa. And sometimes masses aren't able to be seen on either. Which was my case. That's good they're doing a biopsy although I know how scary it is. Just know that approx 80% of biopsies come back benign. I'll keep you in my thoughts & prayers. :)

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      ARRRGH! The ---waiting--- is the WORST. My suggestion would be to call the doctor's office each morning. You never know if a spot will open up on their schedule. Always be polite but persistant. You have to be your own best advocate! I would also check with the referring doctor.... is there...

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      ARRRGH! The ---waiting--- is the WORST. My suggestion would be to call the doctor's office each morning. You never know if a spot will open up on their schedule. Always be polite but persistant. You have to be your own best advocate! I would also check with the referring doctor.... is there another place he/she can refer you to where you won't have to wait so long? Doctor's have their favorites but they don't, necessarily take into consideration your mental status. Thankfully, my internist has the personality of a junkyard dog. When the biopsy office said it would be 3 weeks for mine, my internist told them, "She will be there TODAY for the biopsy." I had the biopsy that day. The comment from the doctor who did the biopsy....
      "You doctor is a very powerful advocate for you." My internist opened doors for me, to be sure! Remember, just as Diana has said.... most of these lumps and bumps come back as benign. It just scares the socks off of you in the process. Hang in there and don't necessarily take "No" for an answer.

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  • Shawna Nutter Profile

    I am getting ready to have my first chemotherapy treatment. What should I expect?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    about 7 years 7 answers
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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Shawna I'm sorry to hear your starting this journey. Plan for a long day - bring a book, game, snacks, comfy blanket. There are different chemo's. what are yours? They also effect people differently. My experience with TCH - taxotere, carboplatin & herceptin wasn't pleasant. I don mean to scare...

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      Shawna I'm sorry to hear your starting this journey. Plan for a long day - bring a book, game, snacks, comfy blanket. There are different chemo's. what are yours? They also effect people differently. My experience with TCH - taxotere, carboplatin & herceptin wasn't pleasant. I don mean to scare you, but it kicked my butt. Stay positive, drink lots of water, pray, walk if you can (even if its around your yard) take your nausea &/or pain meds. Easier to treat than to take it away. There are the unpleasantries - sore mouth, use a rinse of baking soda & salt, nasty/metal tasting foods. - use plastic ware, eat whatever you can. About 2 weeks, you'll start shedding hair. The back & forth of constipation & diarrhea. REST! Listen to your body, nap if you need to. Concentrate on getting well. Don't sweat the small stuff. Let people help you. I could go on & on. We are all here for you. No question is silly or too personal. You are not alone. Stay strong. Prayers to you.

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    • Rosanna Wieder Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      I am on adriamycin and cytoxan I took all the meds they told me to take and I haven't gotten sick or had any bad side affects. Thank god. My main complaint is tired and headache. For me it is getting harder to bounce back. I have had 3 treatment and one to go. Good luck to you and take care of...

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      I am on adriamycin and cytoxan I took all the meds they told me to take and I haven't gotten sick or had any bad side affects. Thank god. My main complaint is tired and headache. For me it is getting harder to bounce back. I have had 3 treatment and one to go. Good luck to you and take care of yourself. Drink plenty to flush out the meds!!

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  • Brandi Carey Profile

    How do you read and understand a pathology report? My doctor wasnt much help.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 6 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Brandi,
      If you can share it with us, we could help decipher it. They usually tell the type, location, size, stage, grade... which you already shared with us. Many times, if you can talk to a nurse in the doctor's office, they can take it down a notch for you. In some practices, or clinics,...

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      Brandi,
      If you can share it with us, we could help decipher it. They usually tell the type, location, size, stage, grade... which you already shared with us. Many times, if you can talk to a nurse in the doctor's office, they can take it down a notch for you. In some practices, or clinics, they have an R.N. who helps guide you through the process. They have lots of experience explaining what the pathology report or any other report says. Be sure to take somebody with you when you have other --meet-the-doctor-- appointments. It is freaking comfusing to take it all in. Hang in there..... take care, Sharon

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    • Alice Klobukowski Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      I sat down at the computer and googled each term I didn't understand. I made notes and asked about anything that I still dint understand.

      Comment

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