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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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    I'm 15 and i have pitting of the skin in the middle of my breasts is this normal? Also, i have been looking up information about this and i keep getting Inflammatory Breast Cancer , should i get checked out or not worry?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 5 years 5 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Keep in mind, inflammatory breast cancer is extremely rare. Some doctor's never see a case during their entire career.
      For your peace of mind, tell your Mom to make an appointment for you to have it checked. Stay off the computer for now, reading about breast cancer only scares you. Take...

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      Keep in mind, inflammatory breast cancer is extremely rare. Some doctor's never see a case during their entire career.
      For your peace of mind, tell your Mom to make an appointment for you to have it checked. Stay off the computer for now, reading about breast cancer only scares you. Take care, Sharon

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    • Mandana K. Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Inflammatory breast cancer in this age is not reported yet,as a rule it is rare ,I think only 1% of all breast cancers is this type .Most of all it is similar to acute mastitis and doctors prescribe antibiotics to patients .It has warmness,redness,in near 1/3 one breast and never u touch a...

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      Inflammatory breast cancer in this age is not reported yet,as a rule it is rare ,I think only 1% of all breast cancers is this type .Most of all it is similar to acute mastitis and doctors prescribe antibiotics to patients .It has warmness,redness,in near 1/3 one breast and never u touch a mass.Do not response to antibiotics. Well it is better to show it to a doctor .i think it is due to mild dermatitis,but a doctor must say it and exam it

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  • Laura Pulido Profile

    Last Chemo treatment today!! Woot Woot!! Next tamoxafen, then reconstruction. Keep the process movin!!

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2B Patient
    about 6 years 7 answers
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    • Life is Good! Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      Hooray! Celebrate! I love your awesome attitude! Wishing you great results with reconstruction.

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    • Cheryl Wornham Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      That's great congrats

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  • Airyel Brayerton Profile

    What is the possibility that you would die with breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 2 answers
    • Alice Eisele Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      That is the question that everyone wants to know. Unfortunately, at this time, there is no definitive answer. Yes, some do loose their battle to breast cancer. But with new advancements everyday, more and more women are overcoming their cancer. This is not a one-size-fits-all disease, so each...

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      That is the question that everyone wants to know. Unfortunately, at this time, there is no definitive answer. Yes, some do loose their battle to breast cancer. But with new advancements everyday, more and more women are overcoming their cancer. This is not a one-size-fits-all disease, so each diagnosis, each treatment, is different. But with hope and support we can beat this! And all of us are proud to say "I am a survivor!"

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    • Tracy Pie Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Breast cancer has a 90% survival rate. Yes, some people do not survive, but with the advances in medicine today, more and more people are surviving. Detecting it early is the key as with all cancers. Doing regular breast exams and getting an annual mammogram are just some of the ways to protect...

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      Breast cancer has a 90% survival rate. Yes, some people do not survive, but with the advances in medicine today, more and more people are surviving. Detecting it early is the key as with all cancers. Doing regular breast exams and getting an annual mammogram are just some of the ways to protect yourself.

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    Does a hot or cold pack come in handy when having a double mastectomy? My aunt is having one & I'm putting together a gift pack for her with stuff that can help - electric toothbrush, soft blanket, BPA free water bottle, any other suggestions?

    Asked by anonymous

    Family Member or Loved One
    over 5 years 11 answers
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    • Brandi Mixon Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Small soft pillows to cushion under her arms. I used four of them. A nice journal to keep track of gifts, flowers and meals, some nice thank you notes and postage stamps. If she reads some books. I also enjoyed puzzle books. Some pens & pencils. Those are just a few things my best friend put in...

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      Small soft pillows to cushion under her arms. I used four of them. A nice journal to keep track of gifts, flowers and meals, some nice thank you notes and postage stamps. If she reads some books. I also enjoyed puzzle books. Some pens & pencils. Those are just a few things my best friend put in the basket she made me and I loved it!!!

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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      No heat. The small pillows. Cami that has drain pockets for the bulbs. This is covered under ins - be sure she knows. Or can be pinned to inside of shirt. Lanyard to pin them to in the shower. Cleaning and meals is a great gift. Prayers to your family.

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