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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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    What is the usual stage for invasive poorly differentiated adenocarcinoma? They are also CTing my lungs for nodules in the right lower lung. My breast is hugely swollen, with a completel inverted nipple. Help!

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 3 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      This is again, another situation where you need a face to face talk asap with your oncologist, or radiologist, etc. (specialist) for a translation. I would be having a lot of questions. You will probably have several more tests before you have the entire picture. Again, I am surprised when the...

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      This is again, another situation where you need a face to face talk asap with your oncologist, or radiologist, etc. (specialist) for a translation. I would be having a lot of questions. You will probably have several more tests before you have the entire picture. Again, I am surprised when the patient is given their test results and no sit-down time with a doctor to explain it all. (This is my rant for the medical world.... why do they do that???) The poor patient is left in absolute terror and trying to get some answers via a board. I have total and absolute empathy for this situation. I would be trying to get an appointment asap. I also had an inverted nipple and a diagnosis of invasive ductal carcinoma. There are plenty of us here to help support you through your treatment. Hang in there, please keep us posted. Positive hugs to you. Take care, Sharon

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    • Isabel Souchet Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      I agree Sharon. My oncologist wouldn't even let me read my pathology report without explaining first. Nobody on this board is really qualified, unless a MD, to say what stage a cancer is. Everyone's cancer is different and a bunch of medical terminology looked up on the Internet is terrifying....

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      I agree Sharon. My oncologist wouldn't even let me read my pathology report without explaining first. Nobody on this board is really qualified, unless a MD, to say what stage a cancer is. Everyone's cancer is different and a bunch of medical terminology looked up on the Internet is terrifying. My sister in laws report looked scary before her dr explained it to her, she is fine. Lumpectomy n radiation. Mine sounded far worse n ended up being stage 1, very very small tumor. Talk to your oncologist, get second opinions and try not to freak out. I know that is hard, but it won't change what already is. Take care, be strong n these boards are great.

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    do breast cancer cause me to lose weight

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 4 years 4 answers
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    • Leah Fortune Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      That's in treatment

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Surprisingly I lost a few pounds while in the hospital for surgery but have since put some extra on due to chemo.

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    I have LCIS in my left breast after a biopsy. They did an MRI on both last week and said they found a mass in the right and want to do a MRI biopsy. Do these hurt or are they same as the other biopsy?

    Asked by anonymous

    Patient
    almost 2 years 2 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I had 2 biopsies of 2 different areas right next to each other. One was done with U/S guidance and the other stereotactically. I'm not a doctor but assume since they saw a mass in the right breast with MRI they feel that's the best way to biopsy, that's why the one of mine was done with U/S, it...

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      I had 2 biopsies of 2 different areas right next to each other. One was done with U/S guidance and the other stereotactically. I'm not a doctor but assume since they saw a mass in the right breast with MRI they feel that's the best way to biopsy, that's why the one of mine was done with U/S, it was easily seen that way and the doctor felt it would be the easiest on me and the cheapest. My 2 felt the same as they deaden it both times and I was fine.

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    • anderia kuch Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      Thank you for the information

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    Has anyone had BC return and did you take tamoxifen? I'm curious to find out how much of an impact these drugs can have on prevention of re-occurrence.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 5 answers
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    • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      I had DCIS in 20o3 a very early stage had bilateral subcutaneous mastectomies with reconstruction (they leave 1/4 of the subcutaneous tissue , nipple and Areola). DCIS was too small of tissue to test if it was estrogen positive. So did not take tamoxifen. In 2008 had a reoccurrence of DCIS along...

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      I had DCIS in 20o3 a very early stage had bilateral subcutaneous mastectomies with reconstruction (they leave 1/4 of the subcutaneous tissue , nipple and Areola). DCIS was too small of tissue to test if it was estrogen positive. So did not take tamoxifen. In 2008 had a reoccurrence of DCIS along the incision line surgeon went back completed the bilateral mastectomies and had negative lymph nodes. Was advised to start tamoxifen in 2008 since micro invasive cells were seen. Was on it for three years and have recently switched to arimidex as I'm menopausal. My aunt had a lumpectomy and radiation then 5 years of tamoxifen at her 10 year mark she had a reoccurrence of her breast cancer in the same breast. So with or without taking tamoxifen I've seen reoccurrences of breast cancer. It's just how the cards fall. Take care and may God bless

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    • l h Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had lumpectomy for invasive ductal carcinoma... tried tamoxifen but suffered blood clot side effect and also visual disturbances, so I stopped after a few months. Have been cancer-free since 2006.

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