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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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  • Princess Lydia Dabbert Profile

    Is there a need to do radiation when lumpectomy and nodes are clear? Thoughts on herceptin?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 3 years 8 answers
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    • Lou Cam Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Yes, rads takes care of any stray cancer cells, and is almost always recommended with lumpectomy .

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Has your doctor recommended radiation? I had a mastectomy and the nodes removed were all negative and I still had to do radiation including my armpit where the nodes were.

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    Does chemo affect your vision? I've had 2 A/C and I am noticing problems. I just got new glasses one week prior to starting chemo!

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 3C Patient
    almost 5 years 4 answers
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    • Tiffani Warila Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had problems with my vision after my first A/C treatment. I figured out that it was one of the "rare" side effects of the anti nausea med compazine that I was taking. I stopped taking it, and stuck to the zofran, and within 1/2 a day I was seeing much better! Not sure what your symptoms are,...

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      I had problems with my vision after my first A/C treatment. I figured out that it was one of the "rare" side effects of the anti nausea med compazine that I was taking. I stopped taking it, and stuck to the zofran, and within 1/2 a day I was seeing much better! Not sure what your symptoms are, but I had blurred vision (both up close and far away) and was unable to see any reading material - books, cell phone text, magazine.

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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I'm not diabetic, but I had the se problem. They told me it was normal. My vision should go back to normal.

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  • maria zamora Profile

    Is there any chance that my cancer could come back? I was diagnosed with invasive ductul carcinoma about a year ago. I am done with chemo and radiation but I am still scared and concerned.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 6 years 4 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Maria, I think that dark thought is always lurking because there are no guarantee's. My doctor and his associate said something to me that was comforting.... They said, "Go live your life and let us worry about your health." I just follow what they suggest, try to eat well, take care of myself,...

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      Maria, I think that dark thought is always lurking because there are no guarantee's. My doctor and his associate said something to me that was comforting.... They said, "Go live your life and let us worry about your health." I just follow what they suggest, try to eat well, take care of myself, get my check-ups, and enjoy the heck out of each day of my life. Do I still worry.....(?) of course, but there really isn't anything I can do other than live life. Do you think you are having some depression? Have you talked to your doctor about your concerns? Maybe you should make an appointment or at your next appointment, tell you doctor about your fears. There are women here who have had reoccurances but are getting treatments.
      I completely understand as do lots of women here on this board. Hopefully, the further you get away from the trauma of your treatment, your fears will ease. You have been through a very tough treatment.... as I always say... "Chemo, ain't for wimps!" U hope you gradually start to feel better... but if these fears start taking over, please get in to see your doctor. Big healing hugs and take care, Sharon

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    • Sandy MacDonald Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Don't let fear over something that may not happen interfere with living your life. Enjoy each day to the fullest!

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    How long does it usually take for hair to start growing back after last chemo treatment?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 9 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      As of tomorrow it'll be 2 months since my last chemo. I have stubble on my head. The sides and back are a little longer. I started having "5 o'clock shadow" on my head about 3 weeks ago. Don't worry it grows back. Tc n hugs jayme

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    • Diane Washington Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I think it different for everyone. My last chemo my hair continue growing and didn't come out and I'm still talking chemo.

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