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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

  • Jane Kaplan Profile

    Blood test 1 day before chemo, can I drink water?

    Asked by anonymous

    stage_1 Patient
    over 3 years 3 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Absolutely very important to drink water! Fasting is just food. You can drink as much water as you want. If you don't, your veins are tougher to access.... STAY HYDRATED!

      Take care, Sharon

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Unless your doctor has ordered a test that you need to fast for have all the water you want. My infusions were early in the morning so I was also told to have some breakfast and since they went through noon I packed a mid morning snack and lunch. If you aren't sure contact your infusion center...

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      Unless your doctor has ordered a test that you need to fast for have all the water you want. My infusions were early in the morning so I was also told to have some breakfast and since they went through noon I packed a mid morning snack and lunch. If you aren't sure contact your infusion center and ask them. I only had to fast once and that's because my primary care doctor ordered some extra lab work in addition to the ones needed for my chemo. (the morning of) so I had to fast but took my foods with me. My blood test was always just prior to my infusion and seeing my Oncologist and then it was decided if my numbers were good enough for chemo. that day or not.

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  • Mrs. Collins Profile

    I am married, my hubby is great, but this is new & "scary" for him.. Any suggestions?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 5 answers
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    • Life is Good! Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      It is so kind of you to be so concerned about your husband, while going through this! Enjoy some "cancer free" time with your husband. Cancer is consuming for everyone in the family, and it is good to keep some routines and normalcy. Express specifically what he can do for you and compliment...

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      It is so kind of you to be so concerned about your husband, while going through this! Enjoy some "cancer free" time with your husband. Cancer is consuming for everyone in the family, and it is good to keep some routines and normalcy. Express specifically what he can do for you and compliment and thank him often. My husband weAsk someone other than your husband to help communicate with family and friends. It can be exhausting to answer phone calls and emails and keep rehashing everything with everyone. He may need some alone time occasionally to process things. Keep us posted on your journey. We care about you!

      2 comments
    • Jo Rogers Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Sorry that you are going our "club", but know that it gets better once there is a plan in place and moving forward.
      My hubby was great through the whole process. He went to all the Drs
      appointments and every chemo appointment. He was also there for the surgeries and was wonderful. I think being...

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      Sorry that you are going our "club", but know that it gets better once there is a plan in place and moving forward.
      My hubby was great through the whole process. He went to all the Drs
      appointments and every chemo appointment. He was also there for the surgeries and was wonderful. I think being there at the appointments helped him ( and me )
      Understand exactly what was going on and the plan to beat this. He was also able to ask questions we had discussed and I forgot, or didn't think of.
      We also brought a digital recorder to
      all of the appointments so if we needed to we could replay the discussions when we had questions about " what did he say about
      ___".
      Hope this helps and know that we
      will answer any questions that you have and we will be there for you.
      God bless.

      Comment
  • ashley ritz Profile

    What does it mean when breast cancer is found in chest wall?

    Asked by anonymous

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

      Hi Ashley, I had cancer in my chest wall as well. It just means that the cancer has gone from the breast into the connecting wall of the chest. As Sharon said....make sure you get your Oncologist or surgeon to explain what all this entails. Hugs, Diana

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      My guess would be the breast cancer is in the breast tissue closest and connecting to the chest itself. I would contact your radiologist, surgeon, or oncologists to explain and show you in your mammogram or other diagnostic imaging where this tumor is located.
      They can then answer any...

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      My guess would be the breast cancer is in the breast tissue closest and connecting to the chest itself. I would contact your radiologist, surgeon, or oncologists to explain and show you in your mammogram or other diagnostic imaging where this tumor is located.
      They can then answer any questions you would have about treatment. It is a great idea to bring in a relative, or good friend to take notes so you can concentrate on getting answers to your questions. Take care, Sharon

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  • Traciann brundage Profile

    Diagnosed Wednesday and hematologist said chemo would likely kill me . So double mastectomy it is . And radiation . Did anyone go through therapy also . My doctor asked me to because I am 27 .

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 4 answers
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    • Tiffani Warila Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I agree, I'd get a second opinion. No doctor should ever tell you something "would kill you". I was 29 when I was diagnosed and went through chemo, lumpectomy, radiation and now tamoxifen. There are a lot of factors that go into your treatment plan. Get another opinion before you decide! At...

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      I agree, I'd get a second opinion. No doctor should ever tell you something "would kill you". I was 29 when I was diagnosed and went through chemo, lumpectomy, radiation and now tamoxifen. There are a lot of factors that go into your treatment plan. Get another opinion before you decide! At least you will have the peace of mind that you were as to make an informed decision. Best of luck, the ladies on this site are all here for you!

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Traciann, I find the information from the hematologist rather disturbing....no quite disturbing. There are pieces of this conversation that are missing. What type of breast cancer do you have, what stage, what grade, ER+ PR+ or - - ? Do you have an underlying blood disease that you are...

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      Traciann, I find the information from the hematologist rather disturbing....no quite disturbing. There are pieces of this conversation that are missing. What type of breast cancer do you have, what stage, what grade, ER+ PR+ or - - ? Do you have an underlying blood disease that you are being treated by a Hematologist? Many factors go into the decision for treatment. Lots of women here have gone through just about everything there is to throw at breast cancer.... Surgery, chemo, radiation, reconstruction... depending on many factors. I went through chemo, and am on a hormone blocking drug. So, there has got to be a reason for a hematologist to make such a definitive statement. When you are going through the diagnosis phase, I always tell people to take a friend along as another pair of ears, and have them take notes. It helps to be reminded of the conversation when "your wheels start falling off the track."
      Hang in there.... we have all been where you are going on many levels. Take care, Sharon SO sorry you joined the club....

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