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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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      Hi Linda, I had this done and for me, it wasn't a big deal, at all. To me, a dental appointment is10 times more difficult. BUT... EVERYBODY IS DIFFERENT. The initial numbing stings, I felt pressure when they took the core but that was about it. It was a very, very, quick procedure. I think...

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      Probably not it doesn't hurt to get checked. My mon is suffering from a rare form of breast cancer called HR2

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      Has your mother been tested BRAC1 and BRAC2 mutation? The BRAC 1

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