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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

  • JULIA I THURMAN Profile

    I am now taking 5 year medication, one pill a day. I am having post down period, up period and pain in my breast just like I did during my menpause .How long am I going to have them?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 2 answers
    • Lysa Allison Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Taking Vit E helps with the side effects too.

      Comment
    • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      I was told by my doctor the side effects after starting are most severe the first month. The levels of the medication peeks 6-8 months and then everything seems to settle down. Talk to your doctor or the nurse. They can explain to you what body changes your body will go through while taking the...

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      I was told by my doctor the side effects after starting are most severe the first month. The levels of the medication peeks 6-8 months and then everything seems to settle down. Talk to your doctor or the nurse. They can explain to you what body changes your body will go through while taking the medication

      Comment
  • Sue Berry Profile

    After slide of nipple. Discharge mammogram ultra sound what next

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 4 years 1 answer
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      My guess would be wait for the results and then if need be a plan can be suggested.

      Comment
  • Sara K Profile

    I have invasive lobular carcinoma grade 2 - mastectomy or remove 1/3 of breast and lymph nodes?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 5 years 2 answers
    • sharon s Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      After genetic testing came back negative surgeon onc and radiologist all said partial masectomy was best. They removed ten nodes. Six were cancer.

      PT afterwards
      Chemo AC. Then taxol and herceptin one round. Had to switch to taxotare and Herceptin for three rounds. In the now.

      Radiation ...

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      After genetic testing came back negative surgeon onc and radiologist all said partial masectomy was best. They removed ten nodes. Six were cancer.

      PT afterwards
      Chemo AC. Then taxol and herceptin one round. Had to switch to taxotare and Herceptin for three rounds. In the now.

      Radiation while Herceptin is on going
      Eventually we get to tamoxifen.

      I had the surgery and port placement all at once. It was great. They put in guide wires via MRI pre surgery to define clear margins. Ask for this if this is not their idea. Much better to have successful surgery than go back for more.

      Best

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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Been there ILC stage, 3 no nodes, ER positive. I did, surgery, 6 rounds of of taxotere/cytoxan, 37 rads treatments, at least 5 years of hormone thearpy. 2 1/2 years cancer free.

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  • Pam Kener-McAdam Profile

    Has anyone ever heard of not having chemo after finding a positive node? I am stage 1c, grade 2, 1/3 positive node, oncotype dx 17. Had bilateral mx 9/7/12. I am on Arimidex and oc dr not recommending chemo at this time. It scares me not to have chemo.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 6 years 9 answers
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    • Ali S Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Get a second opinion for sure. I didn't have node involvement but DID have chemo. I was triple neg though which dies best with chemo . Best wishes

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Pam,
      I wish I had the wisdom to give you a proper answer. I would be leaning toward the second opinion. With an onco DX score of 17, I'd be a bit in the gray area. I was diagnosed and treated 5 years ago. I did not have an onco test because of the size of my tumor 2.2cm stage 2B and 1 micro....

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      Pam,
      I wish I had the wisdom to give you a proper answer. I would be leaning toward the second opinion. With an onco DX score of 17, I'd be a bit in the gray area. I was diagnosed and treated 5 years ago. I did not have an onco test because of the size of my tumor 2.2cm stage 2B and 1 micro. positive node. I had a mastectomy. I went through only 4 rounds of AC because my Onc. had just returned from a breast conference. Clinical test had been done that said I would not have benefited from 8 - 10 more rounds of Taxol. At that time, I was a bit scared too (just like you) because even though the clinical test had gone on for quite a while, it was new to me. So... in a way, I felt I was in the same boat you are now. I wasn't sure.... Now, at 5 years later, completing the hormone blocking drug in December, I am grateful, my onc. suggested what he did.
      For your own peace of mind, I would take the time to get another opinion. I hope and pray you find you don't have to go through chemo. I had what I would call an easy time but it was still no picnic. Take care, darlin' please keep us informed. It is always wonderful to hear other's stories and how they made their decisions. Sharon

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