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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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    After a double mastectomy, how would new incidences of cancer present itself?

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    Survivor since 2005
    about 7 years 4 answers
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      Let's hope and pray that reoccurrence does not happen! However, if it comes back it usually is in the chest wall, brain, bones, liver, or lymph nodes. Symptoms may be headaches, prolonged pain, extreme fatigue, or lump. You know your body best! Report anything unusual to your doctor. ...

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      Let's hope and pray that reoccurrence does not happen! However, if it comes back it usually is in the chest wall, brain, bones, liver, or lymph nodes. Symptoms may be headaches, prolonged pain, extreme fatigue, or lump. You know your body best! Report anything unusual to your doctor. Meanwhile, live life to the fullest and try not to let the fear of cancer rob you of your joy!

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      The most terrifying to me would be metastasis in other parts of the body.
      Take care, Sharon

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  • Nadine Cancilliere Profile

    Last chemo this Thursday. I will be taking tamoxofin. I already went through menopause, will I get a period?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 3A Patient
    almost 7 years 5 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I am under the same assumption as Betti. I was told premenopausal women get Tamoxafin and post menopausal women get Femara or Letrozole. You might check with your oncologist to make sure he or she knows your status. SOOO happy you are done with chemotherapy....woo-hoo! Take care, Sharon

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I may be wrong but I thought they gave Tamoxafin to premenopausal women. At least that's what they told me when they prescribed Femara.

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    I was just diagnosed with early cancer in both breasts. What treatments might be offered?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 9 years 1 answer
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      anonymous
      Stage 3A Patient

      They will probably start with a biopsy

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  • Sharyn Riding Profile

    Does anyone have advice about long haul flights? I've had a double mastectomy and all lymph nodes removed on one side, 4 on the other. I'm buying compression sleeves and socks. Any thing else?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 8 years 4 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Whew - I'm one of those marathoners too. Awesome job so far girlfriend!!!! Double mast, lymph one side, lucky no lymphodema. 22 chemo's, rads and surgery.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      oops didn't finish... i love that you referred to it as a flight....not fight. Fights are just too exhausting for the long haul. It's a marathon eh?
      I am one year into treatment and i can share some stuff that helped me. Not sure if it will help you but here goes:
      - support network - i was...

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      oops didn't finish... i love that you referred to it as a flight....not fight. Fights are just too exhausting for the long haul. It's a marathon eh?
      I am one year into treatment and i can share some stuff that helped me. Not sure if it will help you but here goes:
      - support network - i was open, talked to everyone and i got so much support, love, assistance (meals and child care) in response
      - meditation - i did a two day retreat and an 8 week mindfulness stress reduction program through the cancer clinic
      - got a puppy near the end of radiation (crazy i know) but it has got me walking every single day even when i feel unwell and surprisingly i feel much better as a result. snuggles are very therapeutic
      - my favourite books are crazy sexy cancer and kicking cancer's a** - more about long haul strategies
      As for the lymphodema - luckily I didn't get that yet but know a fair bit about it. No pin pricks, cuts, etc on those arms. No extreme temperatures - I'm worried about hot tubs.... Blood pressure should be done on calf now. I have a massage therapist that specializes in post mastectomy lymphodema and she works all the scar tissue to prevent lymph back up. Stretching and arm exercises prescribed by physio - apparently you have to balance strengthening with not over-stressing the lymph

      all the best and take care!!!! Xo

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