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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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    How long after chemo until my period returns? (and the hot flashes go away)

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2011
    almost 8 years 3 answers
    • Natalie Grant Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Everybody is different. I was diagnosed at 29 and had my last chemo on jan31 this year and it has not return yet.

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    • Karrie Cameron Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      I have not started chemo yet, but my doctor told me I may never have one again. For me, it's not a big deal. I have my children.

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  • Lynn Rambo Profile

    I'm planning to shave my head before I lose my hair an Adriamycin and Cytoxan. When is the best time to do this?

    Asked by anonymous

    Patient
    about 6 years 5 answers
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      anonymous
      Stage 3C Patient

      I would say whenever the hair falling out starts driving you crazy or makes you sad or mad. I cut mine really short in advance. Then I had my hairdresser on standby, and had her shave my head the morning of my second chemo, it was 2 weeks after my first A/C.

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    • Jill M. Profile
      anonymous
      stage_2a Patient

      I cut mine short before I started and then shaved it completely after my 2nd treatment. I was on an every other week schedule - so it was about 3 weeks in when I shaved it. Have someone with you when you do it (and a glass of wine) and try to make it fun!!

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  • Saana Malik Profile

    Are you able to have sex while getting chemo and/or radiation treatments?

    Asked by anonymous

    Patient
    over 7 years 7 answers
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      I found during treatment that sex became more important than ever to me as some days it was the only way to feel good and I really enjoyed the closeness it gave us at a time that was very scary. I didn't feel attractive after surgery or without hair, but my husband embraced all these changes and...

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      I found during treatment that sex became more important than ever to me as some days it was the only way to feel good and I really enjoyed the closeness it gave us at a time that was very scary. I didn't feel attractive after surgery or without hair, but my husband embraced all these changes and made me feel beautiful at my lowest moments. After my lumpectomy, I was afraid at how my breast would look and how I would cope with this disfiguration. Sometimes at night when I was having a hard time, he would just reach over and hold my hand and i was amazed at how he was there for me when i was struggling. Cancer brought our sex life alive again. I was thrust into early menopause due to chemo and my oncologist prescribed the estring for lubrication. That has worked extremely well for me. It took a couple of weeks to get used to, but now I find it very comfortable and don't even know it's there. It turned out all the worries and insecurities I had about my body were erased with love from my husband.

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    • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      I agree with Marianne the only other advise I would give is to talk with your gyn as far as what are your options for birth control. They usually advise you not to get pregnant while going through breast cancer treatment. Some women also do egg retrieval prior to chemo depending on the chemo...

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      I agree with Marianne the only other advise I would give is to talk with your gyn as far as what are your options for birth control. They usually advise you not to get pregnant while going through breast cancer treatment. Some women also do egg retrieval prior to chemo depending on the chemo drugs used sometimes it makes it hard to conceive after chemo.

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  • Cassandra Wolff Profile

    Will the stage of breast cancer go down after chemotherapy and/or mastectomies?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 5 answers
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    • sharon s Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      No evidence of disease is after surgery chemo and or radiation. NED days is basically the all clear.
      You had stage /-- before treatment and look
      Forward to NED days.

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    • Life is Good! Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      It is my understanding that your treatment/surgeries don't reduce the stage of cancer. Staging is based on the size of tumor and if it has spread to lymph nodes or other areas of the body. There is a great video on the learn section of this site. I was stage 2 and 10 years later I still I...

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      It is my understanding that your treatment/surgeries don't reduce the stage of cancer. Staging is based on the size of tumor and if it has spread to lymph nodes or other areas of the body. There is a great video on the learn section of this site. I was stage 2 and 10 years later I still I have a "history" of stage 2 bc. Let us know what your doctor's answer is. Keep the questions coming! We are here for you!

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