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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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  • Sarah Hailes Profile

    Anyone getting taxol and hercepton? My fingernails seem to be getting ready to fall off. Help!!

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    Stage 2A Patient
    over 5 years 7 answers
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    • Isabel Souchet Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      I was on taxotere, carboplatin n hercpetin, I lost one toe nail..no fingernails but they broke easily. I used hard as nails n it seemed to help. My toe nail did grow back. It's tough to have to deal with this

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    • Sarah Phinney Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      I finished up taxol in mid-June and had to stop early because it attacked my fingernail in a bad way and they got infected. They said that the extent of it was very rare. At the time I was sent to a surgeon to see if I should just have my fingernails removed - he said stay the course with IV...

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      I finished up taxol in mid-June and had to stop early because it attacked my fingernail in a bad way and they got infected. They said that the extent of it was very rare. At the time I was sent to a surgeon to see if I should just have my fingernails removed - he said stay the course with IV antibiotics and get through chemo. I was certain every fingernail would eventually fall off on its own since they were already lifted from the tops down to the middles- but I wore band aids over them every day, ate a lot of good proteins to help promote growth, and I've never lost a fingernail. In not too much longer time, the nasty nail part will be all grown out and my nails will finally look normal again. Good luck and hang in there!!!

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  • Sarah Hailes Profile

    I have burning pain on the side I had my lymphectomy. I am several months post op and three weeks post chemo. Is this normal? I just assumed it was and never asked. Now I'm wondering if I'm wrong.

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    over 5 years 3 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Sarah,
      I agree with Norma, call your doctor to check this out.
      Take care, Sharon

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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Scar tissue can be tight and burn. Nerves heal and find new paths. It is imperative to stretch and keep the muscles supple. I skipped a month and am having to stretch out again. If you're worried call the doctor.

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  • Auburn Locke Profile

    How do I support breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 3 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      You can also make a donation to nbcf - http://nbcf.org/donate - there are several great foundations out there trying to help educate women on breast cancer.

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    • Kris Shortridge Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hi. You can contact The American Cancer Society to make a donation or to find out about local events in your area for fundraising.

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  • Debbie Carss Profile

    Does anyone have information about DIEP Flap and the recovery period after? I am back at work and unsure what to do. I don't want something in my body that is not me.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 4 answers
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    • Debbie Carss Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thank u both going bin for my I operation on the 7th of feb

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    • Debbie Carss Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had my DIEP Flap done this year in feb. glad I had it done. Yes recovery took a little longer but I feel it was worth it. 13 hours operation for me. Got an infection won agains that and just about all heal now. But thing for me was reading what has happen to other and good advice before...

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      I had my DIEP Flap done this year in feb. glad I had it done. Yes recovery took a little longer but I feel it was worth it. 13 hours operation for me. Got an infection won agains that and just about all heal now. But thing for me was reading what has happen to other and good advice before operation. Tummy work out before going in for me operation walking heaps as well.

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