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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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  • Brooke Lancaster Profile

    Did anyone gain weight during chemo from steroids? Did it come off naturally after treatments were done? I just finished chemo and I have put on weight since I started.

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    almost 8 years 10 answers
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    • Brooke Lancaster Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      Thanks so much ladies. This is encouraging. Being bald and fat is not a good look.. Lol. I done with chemo as of last week and I can't wait to feel back to my old self. I feel like none of my clothes fit, but I refuse to shop for bigger sizes. I will just see in time if the weight just drops...

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      Thanks so much ladies. This is encouraging. Being bald and fat is not a good look.. Lol. I done with chemo as of last week and I can't wait to feel back to my old self. I feel like none of my clothes fit, but I refuse to shop for bigger sizes. I will just see in time if the weight just drops off. I'm sure it will once those steroids are out of my system.

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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Hi Brooke, wow I can really relate. I began chemo in May, had my mastectomy, then more chemo. I have three more to go and I have gained approx. 15 lbs. I asked my Oncologist about the weight gain and she said it was normal and due to the steroids. She also said the weight would come off after my...

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      Hi Brooke, wow I can really relate. I began chemo in May, had my mastectomy, then more chemo. I have three more to go and I have gained approx. 15 lbs. I asked my Oncologist about the weight gain and she said it was normal and due to the steroids. She also said the weight would come off after my treatments are finished. :)

      3 comments
  • Marti Deroche Profile

    How painful is a biopsy?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 8 years 5 answers
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      It really depends on the type of biopsy you're having performed. I had a core needle biopsy done. They deadened the area first and it wasn't painful....just a little uncomfortable that's all. I had to hold my arm above my head for a little while and it was sore. It was worth it finding my cancer...

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      It really depends on the type of biopsy you're having performed. I had a core needle biopsy done. They deadened the area first and it wasn't painful....just a little uncomfortable that's all. I had to hold my arm above my head for a little while and it was sore. It was worth it finding my cancer so I could begin treatment. :)

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    • Adrienne private Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 3C Patient

      It depends on where the biopsy is located. I would arrange for a driver. I had 3 done- 2 in breast, 1 in lymph node. Lymph node area has more nerve endings and tends to be more painful area, but mine was ok. I had a hemotobin from first breast tumor biopsied, so that hurt. That's an atypical...

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      It depends on where the biopsy is located. I would arrange for a driver. I had 3 done- 2 in breast, 1 in lymph node. Lymph node area has more nerve endings and tends to be more painful area, but mine was ok. I had a hemotobin from first breast tumor biopsied, so that hurt. That's an atypical experience though. The other 2 did not hurt. The anesthetic shot was worse than the biopsy. Good luck!

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  • John Johnston Profile
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    Has anyone had incontinence issues with chemo? Just took my third chemo yesterday and have had 2 unexplained and unexpected leaks in past 12 hrs. I'm baffled. No signs of uti. Help!

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2B Patient
    over 7 years 5 answers
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    • Dawn H. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I have had the same problem. My onc said chemo irritates the bladder. She said its temporary. I hope so. I have 2 treatments left. Good luck to you.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I have heard of this before but not personally. I would give the office a call and definately mention this to your oncologist or infusion nurse when you go for your treatment. In the meantime, There are plenty of garments and pads that can be used to to assist you with this problem. Hang in...

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      I have heard of this before but not personally. I would give the office a call and definately mention this to your oncologist or infusion nurse when you go for your treatment. In the meantime, There are plenty of garments and pads that can be used to to assist you with this problem. Hang in there... I was also stage 2b and am alive and well in my fifth year. Take care, Sharon

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