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Bonnie's Story

About her story

"There's some things in life you have to share. You have to have someone to lean on, and they'll help you get through."

After performing a self-breast exam, Bonnie Brooks discovered a lump and immediately scheduled an appointment with her doctor. On September 11, 2008, she was diagnosed with Stage 3 metastatic breast cancer. With a difficult treatment regiment ahead, including chemotherapy, she realized that she could not face breast cancer alone.

"I was always very independent and I've learned with breast cancer you can't always be independent," says Brooks. "You have to be dependent on people to help you through."

Hear Bonnie's inspirational story and learn more about how she overcame breast cancer.

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    will have drain plug after breast surgery on Friday . Has anyone had issues with drain plugs ?

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      I had one and did not have any issues except for it being a nuisance. I was so happy to have it out. Some women have 2,3, and 4. My surgeon told me I could shower the day after surgery and to take a belt tie to tie it in place.

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      anonymous
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      I would ask your doctor. I had them with all my breast surgeries. Most woman are thrilled when they are removed. Ask the nurse about getting a something with pockets to put them in. Some women use hip packs. Hope your surgery and recovery goes smoothly! Keep the questions coming. We care...

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      I would ask your doctor. I had them with all my breast surgeries. Most woman are thrilled when they are removed. Ask the nurse about getting a something with pockets to put them in. Some women use hip packs. Hope your surgery and recovery goes smoothly! Keep the questions coming. We care about you'

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    Has anyone had adverse reactions from receiving herceptin alone?

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      anonymous
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      I have dizziness, tiredness, runny nose that suddenly dries up and hurts, brittle nails I have also put on weight and the fatigue is frustrating you want to exercise but it is just so hard! But it has kept me stable for 3 years so far so its worth it.

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    I'm 26 and I have been diagnosed with stage 2. Do I need a mastectomy??

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
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      anonymous
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      I am 29 and based on the Size of the lump during ultrasound am borderline stage 1-2. I am doing 8 rounds of chemo before surgery in hopes of shrinking the tumor. Then only a lumpectomy will be needed. There are many different factors to consider though. Genetic testing to see if you are brca1 or...

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      I am 29 and based on the Size of the lump during ultrasound am borderline stage 1-2. I am doing 8 rounds of chemo before surgery in hopes of shrinking the tumor. Then only a lumpectomy will be needed. There are many different factors to consider though. Genetic testing to see if you are brca1 or brca2 positive, if there is more than one tumor, etc. Your doctor would be able to tell you if chemo first would be a good option for you. If you have any other questions feel free to ask me. I am more than willing to to help!

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      anonymous
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      I have had breast cancer twice. Both times I had genetic testing The results really helped in the decision process.

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    When should the "chemotherapy fog" and need for 10hrs of sleep generally go away??

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
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      I had sections every 3 weeks. 1 bad week, 2 normal ones. Day 3 after chemo was the worst, day 5 life used to started to get better again.

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      anonymous
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      I had chemotherapy every 21 days for 6 months and I found the first week the worst and week two and three were okay, chin up you are stronger than you think

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