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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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    Anyone fallen into the "intermediate category" on the oncotype test, and then had the EndoPredict test done to get a definite answer to benefit of chemo? My RS was 27.

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    over 1 year 4 answers
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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I only had the OncoType DX test as at the time was the only one available and was told I was aiming for a number of 18 or below. I came in right at 18 and my Onc. told me I could get by without chemo. but she used another program of some sort, plugging in my info., and it said my recurrence rate...

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      I only had the OncoType DX test as at the time was the only one available and was told I was aiming for a number of 18 or below. I came in right at 18 and my Onc. told me I could get by without chemo. but she used another program of some sort, plugging in my info., and it said my recurrence rate would drop significantly so I chose to do chemo. and am glad I did.

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    • Lou Cam Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Maybe Endo is new, I've never heard of it. My onco score was 17. I had decided to have chemo if my score was over 20. I think that 26 was the number that my doctor said I must have chemo, and 19 to 25, we would have to discuss.

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  • ma.fe liezl gumboc Profile

    What are the foods that i must avoid...I'm at stage 2...any advice?

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    almost 7 years 1 answer
    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
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      That depends on your treatment. If you have chemo your blood counts will drop. This will make you more susceptible to colds, etc. There are foods you shouldn't eat during chemo treatments. Any raw meats like sushi, etc. Raw vegetables should be washed thoroughly because of bacteria risk. You have...

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      That depends on your treatment. If you have chemo your blood counts will drop. This will make you more susceptible to colds, etc. There are foods you shouldn't eat during chemo treatments. Any raw meats like sushi, etc. Raw vegetables should be washed thoroughly because of bacteria risk. You have to be careful eating food at buffets, deli meat, and no soft cheeses such as blue cheese.

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  • Ali S Profile

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

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2011
    about 7 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
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      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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    I feel o my left breast, and my corona has kind a slight wound but there are times that i feel itchy on that particular area.

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 1 answer
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      My advice is always have something checked that isn't normal. Something like that might be a sign of a very rare but aggressive form of breast cancer.... inflammatory breast cancer. Good luck to you! Sharon

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