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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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  • R B Profile

    Has anyone used graviola, an herb from the amazon, to treat their cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 8 years Answer
  • gima green Profile

    How many weeks / days are radiation from breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 3 years 4 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Depends on your situation. I had 35 treatments

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I did 28 treatments, so daily Monday-Friday for 5 1/2 weeks. I had to remove clothing from the waist up (only a top since bras were bothersome) and put on a robe they used for patients. I do know someone who had brachytherapy and went twice a day for 5 days but not everyone can have this type...

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      I did 28 treatments, so daily Monday-Friday for 5 1/2 weeks. I had to remove clothing from the waist up (only a top since bras were bothersome) and put on a robe they used for patients. I do know someone who had brachytherapy and went twice a day for 5 days but not everyone can have this type of therapy.

      Comment
  • sylvia clark Profile

    Will my health suffer when I'm off my normal supplement routine? I normally take biotin, b12, calcium and others. I start chemo on June 12th and my doc wants me to stop taking which makes me a bit nervous.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 3 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Sylvia,

      I think Vicki E's statement is so correct. Set aside your apprehension and concentrate on getting through your treatments. At this stage, your supplements may be doing more harm than good. Hang in there and take care, Sharon

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    • vicki e Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      Sylvia they told me to quit taking my supplements during chemo too. I guess the thinking is you dont want your cells (good and bad) to be strong enough to resist the chemo. Makes sense when you think about it like that. Let that nasty chemo do its job

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    Does anyone has invasive lymphovascular?? And what does that mean? I am scared to death as my lymph nodes are negative from cancerous cells. Help!!!!!!

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 1 answer
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I tried looking it up and I couldn't understand the explanation. For your own knowledge and especially your peace of mind, you should have a talk with your oncologist. There are so many findings in each and every woman's individual tests. What might be on one woman's pathology report would be...

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      I tried looking it up and I couldn't understand the explanation. For your own knowledge and especially your peace of mind, you should have a talk with your oncologist. There are so many findings in each and every woman's individual tests. What might be on one woman's pathology report would be completely different than yours. Even if two women have the same diagnosis, individual cells will tell an entirely different story. Treatments are really specifically for each and every woman, and we are all treated as individuals.... there is no "One size fits all" in cancer diagnosis and treatment. You are so worried because you don't have the whole story yet. This is a particularly scary place to be. Please call your doctor tomorrow so this diagnosis can be explained to you. We have all been in the place where you are now, and it is not a good place to be. Hang in there and please stay in contact with us. We completely understand and want to help and support you as much as we can. Take care, Sharon

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