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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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  • Kim Tompkins Profile

    Advice: I purchased JustNatural Chemotherapy Hair Loss Treatment to help with my hair loss. Vitamin rich nutrients from plant oils - no chemicals and at this point, we all have too much going with chemicals.

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 1 Patient
    about 8 years 2 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I would love to hear how, and if, it works. When receiving chemotherapy, it targets cells that are the type that divide rapidly. Since hair is that type, that is why your hair drops out. Are you receiving chemotherapy? I asked my oncologist, after I received the first treatment, how long before...

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      I would love to hear how, and if, it works. When receiving chemotherapy, it targets cells that are the type that divide rapidly. Since hair is that type, that is why your hair drops out. Are you receiving chemotherapy? I asked my oncologist, after I received the first treatment, how long before I lost my hair? He said 2 weeks.... and it was right on the 2 week point! I reached up to scratch my head and a clump of hair was in my hand. I just say, it really disturbed me. I went right out to my barn and got my horse clippers, and shaved my head. That slow falling out stuff was for the birds! I wanted to get that over with. I know this is kind of going off the tracks a bit but even though I bought a wig, and scarves, etc., etc. I was just much more comfortable "GOING COMMANDO"!!!! BALD! I did wear a bit of a beanie, only because my head got cold. In my photo.... I am wearing reindeer antlers to one of my treatments and laughing about it. I didn't want to hide from people and make this a big secret. I wasn't dying, I was still laughing, and certainly still myself. So Kim, if your plant oils don't retain your hair.... be proud of your "Chrome-Dome" wear it proudly..... unless it is -20 outside!

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      That sounds wonderful because your skin goes through some changes when on chemo. I never lost my eyebrows during treatment for which I was ever so grateful! Hang in there and do what makes you feel the best. This is all just a temporary in the big picture.... and just in case, get an eyebrow...

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      That sounds wonderful because your skin goes through some changes when on chemo. I never lost my eyebrows during treatment for which I was ever so grateful! Hang in there and do what makes you feel the best. This is all just a temporary in the big picture.... and just in case, get an eyebrow pencil. You go girl!

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  • Corinne Wyatt Profile

    What steps can I take prior to chemotherapy to minimize the side effects?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years 3 answers
    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Hi Corinne. There are several things you can do that will help prepare you for chemo. I began my chemo treatment in May and it was scary not knowing what to expect. I found so much helpful info and advice on the website breastcancer.org. After getting to the site go to the discussion boards,...

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      Hi Corinne. There are several things you can do that will help prepare you for chemo. I began my chemo treatment in May and it was scary not knowing what to expect. I found so much helpful info and advice on the website breastcancer.org. After getting to the site go to the discussion boards, then on to the topic "chemotherapy, before, during, and after". There is a wealth of info that helped me so much. It's such a wonderful site with info from women that have been through everything we're going through right now. Thinking of you and wishing you all the best in your journey.

      Diana. :)

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    • Corinne Wyatt Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Wow! Two entirely different perspectives! But thanx for the input just the same! And thanx for the support too.

      1 comment
  • Kavita Vora Profile

    It's been 9 months since my last chemo and 5 months since the end of my treatment. Lately, my hair has been falling at the same rate as it was during chemo and I always sweat and feel hot. Is it normal? Any suggestion to prevent hair loss?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 1 answer
    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Are you on Tamoxifen? That can do everything you are experiencing. I'm 11 months out of chemo and 9 months out of rads my hair is just now really growing. Some days I have hot flashes but it is better. 5 days ago I swear I had a full on chemo day.

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  • Chris Johnson Profile

    If all the cancer was removed, why do I need chemotherapy?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 9 answers
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Hi Chris, cancer cells can be very tricky. Not all can be picked up on a PET scan etc. i was diagnosed stage 3C last May. I had to go through chemo twice. Once before my mastectomy, then after as well due to extensive lymph node involvement. It wasn't easy but I'm so glad I did!!! And I'd do it...

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      Hi Chris, cancer cells can be very tricky. Not all can be picked up on a PET scan etc. i was diagnosed stage 3C last May. I had to go through chemo twice. Once before my mastectomy, then after as well due to extensive lymph node involvement. It wasn't easy but I'm so glad I did!!! And I'd do it all over again. I show no evidence of disease now!! I feel very blessed.

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    • Leann Moeller Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Sharon,

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