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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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  • Dezeray Paris Profile

    leg cramps and knee pain on tamoxifen badly. how do I get rid of them?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 0 Patient
    almost 7 years 6 answers
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    • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      A daily dose of Advil and walking it out. Movement helps with circulation and eases the joint and bone pain. Icy hot also helps until the hot flashes kicks in then too much heat.

      2 comments
    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Take the med in the morning Laurie, you should sleep better. Water and keep moving. You should start to feel better. For me, it hurt more the first month. Prayers to you.

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  • Roberta Galipeau Wilson-Taff Martin Profile

    I need help with early detection. I have no insurance or job. Any advice?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 8 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Roberta,
      So I went to one of my best friend's "Mr. Google". The Health Department in your town WILL do breast screenings. Here is the office and phone numbers. It also had a list of services they perform. This is the part that pertains to you. You call them tomorrow and get in to get a...

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      Roberta,
      So I went to one of my best friend's "Mr. Google". The Health Department in your town WILL do breast screenings. Here is the office and phone numbers. It also had a list of services they perform. This is the part that pertains to you. You call them tomorrow and get in to get a mammogram .... please! Keep scrolling down. Sharon
      Clinic Location & Contact Information

      1808 South Hickory
      Sapulpa, Oklahoma 74066
      (918) 224-5531 Phone
      (918) 224-1739 Fax

      Adult Health
      Clinic provides annual health exams for adults of all ages both male and female. Services included are: Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening and treatment referral, Prostate Education, Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD’s) testing, along with screening and monitoring of the following chronic diseases; Cholesterol, High Blood Pressure, Diabetes.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      PLEASE LOOK FOR MY SECOND POSTING... I FOUND THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT IN YOUR TOWN THAT WILL DO BREAST SCREENINGS (MAMMOGRAMS) ADDRESS AND PHONE NUMBERS INCLUDED. Sharon

      Roberta,
      My other "Sisters" here have given you good advice about where to check for care. Right now, what you need is a...

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      PLEASE LOOK FOR MY SECOND POSTING... I FOUND THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT IN YOUR TOWN THAT WILL DO BREAST SCREENINGS (MAMMOGRAMS) ADDRESS AND PHONE NUMBERS INCLUDED. Sharon

      Roberta,
      My other "Sisters" here have given you good advice about where to check for care. Right now, what you need is a mammogram. I would also check with the closest American Cancer Society, Planned Parenthood, Susan G. Komen.Org. The latter two, generally have funding for free mammograms. October, is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. You have proven in spite of so many tough breaks in your life to be one stong cookie and a complete and total survivor. I wouldn't go pushing the breast cancer panic button. So many times, these can turn out to be nothing more than a scary time! Please start checking these places TOMORROW! I want you to get in to have a mammogram somewhere asap. We care about what you are going through right now. PLEASE keep in touch with us. We will help and support you as much as we can out here. Take care and God's blessings, Sharon

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    Does having BC necessarily mean a shortened life expectancy, or once it's removed can things get back to how they were before with same chances of a long, healthy life?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 8 answers
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Girls, I can't disagree or find fault with eating healthy and making wise choices, but a good and peaceful life is one of balance. The quest to avoid all things that may or may not be harmful to this fragil vessel that contains the real us is more than what we consume. In the earnest and...

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      Girls, I can't disagree or find fault with eating healthy and making wise choices, but a good and peaceful life is one of balance. The quest to avoid all things that may or may not be harmful to this fragil vessel that contains the real us is more than what we consume. In the earnest and well-meaning attempt to seek the best for ourselves, we sometimes heap stress needlessly upon our healing bodies and give ourselves over to fear that robs us of the very thing we're trying so desperately to secure-a well body. Stress could undo all the good. Perhaps my age shapes my ramblings and a cancer diagnosis may even shorten what time I have left, but I do know that we didn't cause our illness and may not even have much power to prevent a recurrence. There is something profoundly human and intimate in having an ice cream cone with my grandchildren on the 4th of July, sharing a medium-well rib-eye with my son who has an auto-immune disease and never experiences hunger or weight gain or sharing a piece of pecan pie with my husband of 43 years on our anniversary in August. Don't make the mistake that some of us may have made: trying so hard to live the right way, we missed living.

      4 comments
    • Erin Timlin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I definitely agree with the diet suggestions! research other things as well, such as body products and health and beauty items. Having cancer these days, especially breast, is NOT a death sentence. I thought it was but once I was given a lot of information and empowerment from a great team of...

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      I definitely agree with the diet suggestions! research other things as well, such as body products and health and beauty items. Having cancer these days, especially breast, is NOT a death sentence. I thought it was but once I was given a lot of information and empowerment from a great team of doctors I felt like I was going to be fine and I am , a mere 9 months later. I am cancer free and feeling great! Many women are diagnosed like me in their 30's and go on to live healthy cancer-free lives!

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  • nicole blagburn Profile

    I called my oncologist to tell him about the awful tamoxifen side effects I'm having and now they are concerned about the cramps in my legs. They set up an ultra sound to see if there are any blood clots. Are leg cramps not normal?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 2 answers
    • Lisa Taylor Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I have the leg craps as well! My doctor told me to take B6! I have been on tamoxifen for 8 months now!

      Comment
    • melissa perlman Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      They can be normal. Cramps can also be a sign of blood clots. If your calves are not red warm or swollen, you probably have nothing to worry about. Start taking a baby aspirin everyday.

      2 comments

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