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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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  • Rachel Voss Profile

    after starting Chemotherapy, how soon can I expect to loose my hair?

    Asked by anonymous

    Family Member or Loved One
    about 7 years 9 answers
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    • Ali S Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Day 11 or 12 for me and I shaved it the day after my 2nd treatment . Too emotional for it to come out so I took control of the one thing I could and rocked a Mohawk for the next few days

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      When I asked my oncologist that question he said "2 weeks"... he was right. You do not wake up on the 14th day and your hair is on your pillow.... it comes out in clumps.
      Take care, Sharon

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  • Margaret S Profile

    I just finished chemo today (hooray!). When can I expect that eyebrows, lashes, and hair will grow back. I've been on Taxol for that last 4 treatments (A/C before that), if that matters. Thanks!

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 3C Patient
    over 7 years 9 answers
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    • Erin Timlin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I've been done 6 months and have a few inches of hair. It's curly and looks like a real hairdo, not a chemo buzz! I took biotin supplements for a little while and also used biotin shampoo (Jason makes it). I feel like it helped. Once the eyebrows and eyelashes came in they were full and back...

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      I've been done 6 months and have a few inches of hair. It's curly and looks like a real hairdo, not a chemo buzz! I took biotin supplements for a little while and also used biotin shampoo (Jason makes it). I feel like it helped. Once the eyebrows and eyelashes came in they were full and back to normal within a week. Good luck!

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    • Cheryl Wornham Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Congrats I'm so happy for you

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    Does "ones" libdo ever come back after Breast Cancer and Ovaries removed?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    about 7 years 3 answers
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      The cancer diagnosis, surgeries, chemo, and radiation ravage intimacy, but you will recover that gift. Be patient with yourself and allow time to heal both body and mind. I want lie to you, you have to work at it but that is true of all relationships in good times and bad. Breastcancer.org has a...

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      The cancer diagnosis, surgeries, chemo, and radiation ravage intimacy, but you will recover that gift. Be patient with yourself and allow time to heal both body and mind. I want lie to you, you have to work at it but that is true of all relationships in good times and bad. Breastcancer.org has a great link on sex and intimacy. Stay in touch, don't despair, and treat yourself kindly. Cyber hugs to you. :-)

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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      After reading Sharon & Jo's reply, I guess I am very fortunate. During chemo I was very dry, irritated & tired, but my husband & I still had sex. Now, 4 months post chemo (on herceptin & tomoxifin) He does always initiate but I always reciprocate. We had a very strong sex life before cancer - we...

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      After reading Sharon & Jo's reply, I guess I am very fortunate. During chemo I was very dry, irritated & tired, but my husband & I still had sex. Now, 4 months post chemo (on herceptin & tomoxifin) He does always initiate but I always reciprocate. We had a very strong sex life before cancer - we had only been married 6 months - & knowing he still wants me & thinks I'm sexy is a turn on for me. He's really good taking the care I need - if I need more 'attention' to get in 'the mood' & the use of lotions. Being open with each other has helped. I hope things work out for you. Prayers to you.

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    Felt pain and found a small cream colored pimple looking thing on the tip of my nipple. I squeezed it and got a creamy discharge from my nipple it is very tender. does this sounds like a Sign/symptom of breast cancer or more ?

    Asked by anonymous

    over 5 years 5 answers
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    • Lou Cam Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I would get it checked out since this is something new. Only a doctor can tell you what it is. The likelihood is that it probably is not cancer, but you need to know.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      It probably isn't cancer but my rule of thumb is always....if something isn't gone or looking better in a week, I get myself to the doctor. It really sounds like a pimple.

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