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Linnea's Story

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"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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  • julie s Profile

    I was dx IDC grade 3, triple negative on 5/24. Treatment plan is 6 TAC neoadjuvant to shrink tumor to operable size (hopefully!) Had first chemo last week... It was really rough. Does it get better?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    almost 6 years 7 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Julie,
      So many things about breast cancer and it's treatment are individual to each patient. There is very little uniformity to any of it. I wish I could say.... "It gets better" but all I can say is "It depends...." It can have a cumulative effect on some and on others it stays similar to...

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      Julie,
      So many things about breast cancer and it's treatment are individual to each patient. There is very little uniformity to any of it. I wish I could say.... "It gets better" but all I can say is "It depends...." It can have a cumulative effect on some and on others it stays similar to the first. Here is where you need to become a --good compainer-- and your own best advocate. You need to bring your side effects to your oncologist/staff so they can help you through this. I was always pleasant, and always took my best friend.... humor..... with me. There are probably several things that can be done. In my case, there was a drug in my "recipe" they had to take out because I had such a bad reaction to it. (not a chemo drug) BUT, I had to --kindly complain-- about it first. This is a very rough time and we all understand what you are going through. Kindly complain and hopefully they will come up with some solutions to make this better for you. REMEMBER.... always keep yourself hydrated! You would be surprised how much better you can feel just by drinking plenty of fluids. Hang in there darlin' you will get through this. Take care, Sharon

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    • Ali S Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I was triple neg 5/24 last year! Chemo kicked the crap outta my tumor ! Keep fighting!

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    Does anyone have advice? I'm starting 12 weeks of taxol/herceptin weekly. Then nine months of herceptin every 3 weeks. I'm scared as heck.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 6 years 7 answers
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    • Isabel Souchet Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      I was very scared also. I did 5 treatments of taxotere,carboplatin n herceptin n then 9months of herceptin. For me,the chemo kicked my butt, I didn't do well. But it was over before I knew and now I am totally fine. You will get through it, try to stay hydrated before n after your treatments....

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      I was very scared also. I did 5 treatments of taxotere,carboplatin n herceptin n then 9months of herceptin. For me,the chemo kicked my butt, I didn't do well. But it was over before I knew and now I am totally fine. You will get through it, try to stay hydrated before n after your treatments. Make sure you let your oncologist know of any side effects. There's many drugs to alleviate bothersome symptoms.

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    • Patricia Stoop Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I've had over a year of treatment so far and only 3 Herceptin left. I started scared too!!! Walking, yoga and especially meditation have been invaluable. Having a support network, asking for help when you need it, praying to whomever you believe in, cuddling pets, Netflix movies, audiobooks all...

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      I've had over a year of treatment so far and only 3 Herceptin left. I started scared too!!! Walking, yoga and especially meditation have been invaluable. Having a support network, asking for help when you need it, praying to whomever you believe in, cuddling pets, Netflix movies, audiobooks all help. Just keep putting one foot in front of the other and your medical team will help you through any issues. Her2 is now an ok one to have - at least we have Herceptin and a bunch if new treatments in studies now too.

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  • Casey Chernes Profile

    Just finished 6 rounds of ACT treatments and going to start taxol for the next treatments. Had alot of nausea with ACT but the dr said taxol is easier. Anyone currently doing taxol?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 5 answers
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Hi Casey, taxol was easier on me than A/C. I had four dose dense treatments. I didn't have the nausea. And the fatigue was a little better. My nails didn't turn black but the flattened out. Also my hair began to grow back about the same time as my last treatment. I had my mastectomy in Oct and...

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      Hi Casey, taxol was easier on me than A/C. I had four dose dense treatments. I didn't have the nausea. And the fatigue was a little better. My nails didn't turn black but the flattened out. Also my hair began to grow back about the same time as my last treatment. I had my mastectomy in Oct and unfortunately had to begin chemo again with two different drugs. Best wishes to you and hang in there!!

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    • Carly Byrd Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I just finished 12 rounds of Taxol. The fatigue lightened but there are other side effects like blackening nails. I have Herceptin every 3 weeks through next August and have already had a double mastectomy with a previous diagnosis. I am 29.

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  • Mary Denoble Profile

    Lumpectomy,one node,4 weeks post op. Is it normal to have vein along inside of forearm become distended ? Do I need compression sleeve ? Distention goes down with massage. Thanks for thoughts.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 5 years 1 answer
    • sharon s Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Try some snow angel movements on you bed
      Try some movements that have you squeeze your shoulder blades tight but keep your shoulders down.
      I would suggest you see a PT for much more specific help.
      You don't want strong massage. You want to be firmly patterned toward and into the armpit. There...

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      Try some snow angel movements on you bed
      Try some movements that have you squeeze your shoulder blades tight but keep your shoulders down.
      I would suggest you see a PT for much more specific help.
      You don't want strong massage. You want to be firmly patterned toward and into the armpit. There is a technique learn and about 16 exercises to work the arm through eventually.
      When resting , keep it above your heart Use your pillow.

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