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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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  • teri  fisher Profile

    I am having severe peeling in my hands from the chemo, any suggestions as to best ointment /hand cream to help?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 6 answers
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    • cindy buescher Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I found that Aveeno Baby Eczema Therapy or Aveeno Lotion really helped and gloves for protection from chemicals and water.

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    • Kathy M Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had that both on my feet and hands. I would use Vaseline especially at night.

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  • Carla Victor-rawson Profile

    Stage 1 cancer : lumpectomy or Mastectomy ? So confused, any opinions out there...need help, musy make up my mind soon!

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 10 answers
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    • Betsy Chapin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      This is such a personal decision and you will make the right one for yourself. I know when I was diagnosed with Stage 1 cancer, my first feelings were to have a mastectomy because I just wanted the cancer out! I never wanted to go through this again, but my doctor was a big help in making this...

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      This is such a personal decision and you will make the right one for yourself. I know when I was diagnosed with Stage 1 cancer, my first feelings were to have a mastectomy because I just wanted the cancer out! I never wanted to go through this again, but my doctor was a big help in making this decision with me. We had long talks about lumpectomy vs mastectomy. This was one of the hardest decisions of all in the whole cancer process, but I know I made the right one for myself. The reasons I chose lumpectomy had a lot to do with the studies done on women and their recurrence rate after lumpectomy vs mastectomy. With a lumpectomy, I knew radiation was also going to be part of my treatment. Now, 2 years later, I am very content with the choices I made. Hang in there Carla and take your time with this.

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    • K G Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I agree with the ladies. Sometimes a second opinion helps. Don't rush into your decision, even though we all know the feeling of "get it out". I think alot of it depends on family history, what type your tumor is, the size of your tumor, etc. Do you have a nurse navigator helping you? The studies...

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      I agree with the ladies. Sometimes a second opinion helps. Don't rush into your decision, even though we all know the feeling of "get it out". I think alot of it depends on family history, what type your tumor is, the size of your tumor, etc. Do you have a nurse navigator helping you? The studies are showing the chances of cancer reoccuring are about the same whether or not you have a lumpectomy or mastectomy. You will make the right decision for you, and follow your gut instinct. We are all here for you.

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    Hi, I had a lumpectomy and lymph node removal two weeks ago. The wounds are healing great, however I feel irritated and annoying under my arm with the constant dressings being on for nearly two weeks. Anyone any ideas that could help?

    Asked by anonymous

    over 4 years 2 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      You may be allergic to the tape used. I was and my skin looked like it had been burned.
      Not being able to see it, I can't give any suggestion. Please contact your surgeon's office and have them re-dress the surgical wound. Good luck, this is all a pain! Take care, Sharon

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      It's probably getting irritated due to the area rubbing against each other. I had a mastectomy with lymph node removal and my dressing only was on for 5 days. We bandaged it a bit differently for the next 5 days while the drainage tubes were still in but as I recall my incision in my axilla...

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      It's probably getting irritated due to the area rubbing against each other. I had a mastectomy with lymph node removal and my dressing only was on for 5 days. We bandaged it a bit differently for the next 5 days while the drainage tubes were still in but as I recall my incision in my axilla wasn't totally covered by the bandage.

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  • Cindy Jones Profile

    I had stage 2 breast cancer two years ago and had a lumpectomy and 27 radiation treatments followed by five years of arimidex. Just received news of another suspicious lump. I'm so scared to go through this again. Please pray with me 😢

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 2 years 4 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hey Cindy I went thru the same experience. Stage 0 cancer, lumpectomy, 35 radiation treatments and Tamoxifen for 5 years. 2 yrs later another suspicious area biopsy done which tested positive. I ended up having a double mastectomy w/immediate reconstruction. Doing it all over I would have had the...

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      Hey Cindy I went thru the same experience. Stage 0 cancer, lumpectomy, 35 radiation treatments and Tamoxifen for 5 years. 2 yrs later another suspicious area biopsy done which tested positive. I ended up having a double mastectomy w/immediate reconstruction. Doing it all over I would have had the mastectomy from the beginning. I was just in shock like we all are when diagnosed & couldn't get passed loosing my breast. Stay positive suspicious doesn't mean cancer.

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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Such scary news. I'm sorry. Try to stay positive. Prayers to you.

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