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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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  • Norma  Cook Profile

    Finished radiation after lumpectomy and SNB for Stage 1 IDC, Grade 3. Started Tamoxifen 7 weeks ago. Doing OK, but wondering what kind of follow-up or tests are typical. With 4 different doctors, I'm still not sure who is in charge of what.

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    Survivor since 2014
    over 5 years 6 answers
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    • Mandana K. Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I was stage 2A,I finished chemotherapy near 3 months ago and I am on Tamoxifen about 8 weeks ago.My oncologist said I should see him every 3 months ,my surgeon said I should see him every 4 -6 months.I had not RT because I had bilateral mastectomy and my sentinel node was clear.Both of them ...

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      I was stage 2A,I finished chemotherapy near 3 months ago and I am on Tamoxifen about 8 weeks ago.My oncologist said I should see him every 3 months ,my surgeon said I should see him every 4 -6 months.I had not RT because I had bilateral mastectomy and my sentinel node was clear.Both of them examon my axillary ,supraclavicular ant neck for lymphnodes and around my prosthesis for mass.They said when u want to come please do a sonography from your axillary and around your prosthesis or MRI .In addition I should check some tumor markers ,sonography from abdominopelvic cavity,chest X ray and bone densitomety for R/O osteoporosis .

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I went for normal mammograms & for 3 months than 6 months & I saw my oncologist very 3 months.

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  • Rebecca Everitt Profile

    Hello I noticed that recently I have small lumps on my Areola they aren't big or solid and they don't hurt. I don't know if it's natural, can someone help me please is this normal or something I don't have to worry about?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 3 answers
    • Cheryl Wornham Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hi Rebeca I would make an appointment and get it checked for peace of mind take care

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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      For peace of mind have it checked out. Better safe than sorry.

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  • Lori S Profile

    For anyone who has finished chemo, how soon after did your taste return? And hair return?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years 7 answers
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      When I underwent chemo the first time...my hair began to grow back a few days before my last chemo treatment (Taxol). As for tasting my food. My last go round with two different chemo drugs gave me a platinum taste in my mouth. It's been almost 5 weeks & my food tastes better, although there are...

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      When I underwent chemo the first time...my hair began to grow back a few days before my last chemo treatment (Taxol). As for tasting my food. My last go round with two different chemo drugs gave me a platinum taste in my mouth. It's been almost 5 weeks & my food tastes better, although there are a few things that turn my stomach now. Like oily meats such as pepperoni, etc. Maybe it's because my boyfriend cooked so many Digiornos frozen pizzas when I was going through chemo. Lol. Can't even look at a 3 meat frozen pizza in the store without almost gagging! Lol

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I can't remember how long until I got my old taste for my two favorite things.... coffee and chocolate came back. I think it was pretty quickly.

      As for my hair, I completed chemo. in the first part of January and have a picture of me with my 60th birthday cake April 14th and my hair has grown...

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      I can't remember how long until I got my old taste for my two favorite things.... coffee and chocolate came back. I think it was pretty quickly.

      As for my hair, I completed chemo. in the first part of January and have a picture of me with my 60th birthday cake April 14th and my hair has grown out to a very short "buzz" cut. It just takes a while!!! I will be interested to hear more stories.

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  • Kristi Hunt Profile

    Is there a certain type of breast cancer that causes pain in the breast, chest and armpits?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years 3 answers
    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Hi Kristi, there several types of breast cancer. And yes, pain can be one of the symptoms of breast cancer. That can happen with any form of breast cancer. I have IDC and had pain as one of my symptoms. It's so important to notice any changes in your breast and get them checked out. And make sure...

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      Hi Kristi, there several types of breast cancer. And yes, pain can be one of the symptoms of breast cancer. That can happen with any form of breast cancer. I have IDC and had pain as one of my symptoms. It's so important to notice any changes in your breast and get them checked out. And make sure you're satisfied with the answer you're given. Good luck to you. :)

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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2008

      I had pain in my armpit but I think it was because I had cancer in my lymph nodes and they were swollen. Cancer usually doesn't hurt but there are exceptions. If you think something is wrong, don't give up until you are 100% sure. Even if that means going to another doctor. IBC does hurt but...

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      I had pain in my armpit but I think it was because I had cancer in my lymph nodes and they were swollen. Cancer usually doesn't hurt but there are exceptions. If you think something is wrong, don't give up until you are 100% sure. Even if that means going to another doctor. IBC does hurt but it is also noticeable. Read up online about what IBC symptoms are like. God Bless ;you!

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