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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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  • Karyn Crum Profile

    Has anyone heard about the cold cap therapy or know anyone that has used it?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 1 Patient
    over 7 years 2 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Karyn, we talked about this earlier this month because I brought it up. There was more negative that positive because of the possibility of messing with the effectiveness of the chemotherapy. I hope somebody comes forward and reminds us. I think it warrants discussion with an oncologist. Hair...

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      Karyn, we talked about this earlier this month because I brought it up. There was more negative that positive because of the possibility of messing with the effectiveness of the chemotherapy. I hope somebody comes forward and reminds us. I think it warrants discussion with an oncologist. Hair loss was traumatic for me, in fact more mentally traumatic than losing my breast. Take care, Sharon

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    • Karyn Crum Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Sharon I talked to my Oncologist about the Cold Cap Therapy and he had nothing good to say. Most important, not enough studies done yet and not approved by the FDA!

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    Has anyone had or received chemo in 6 weeks in order to avoid loosing hair? (versus a 4 week cycle)

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2B Patient
    about 7 years 7 answers
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    • Erin Timlin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      DOn't think it matters much. Your hair will still come out. Once I finally understood it, I didn't mind it so much. Chemo attacks rapidly dividing cells and destroys them. Therefore cancer is destroyed (hopefully) because it's composed of rapidly dividing cells. The hair on your head is the...

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      DOn't think it matters much. Your hair will still come out. Once I finally understood it, I didn't mind it so much. Chemo attacks rapidly dividing cells and destroys them. Therefore cancer is destroyed (hopefully) because it's composed of rapidly dividing cells. The hair on your head is the most rapidly growing hair on your body which is why it falls out first and completely. Eyebrows and eyelashes take longer and sometimes don't fall out entirely...hair on the rest of your body may never fall out. Anyway, it's unavoidable and I think it's a sign that the chemo is doing what it needs to. Most of us here feel that once it's gone it's not such a big deal. It's actually sort of liberating!!!

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I haven't heard of it. I lost my hair after the first treatment. My reservation would be the fear that altering the regular frequency of treatment just to try to save my hair might come back to bite me in the future. Will the chemotherapy be as effective with the administration of it in this...

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      I haven't heard of it. I lost my hair after the first treatment. My reservation would be the fear that altering the regular frequency of treatment just to try to save my hair might come back to bite me in the future. Will the chemotherapy be as effective with the administration of it in this unorthodox way? It is traumatic to lose your hair but would my vanity win out over the wisdom of standard treatment? (HECK NO!) Breast cancer is a formidable enemy and it plays sneaky and tough. Being bald is temporary, there are many ways to deal with it.... wigs, scarves, hats, or even "going commando." I wouldn't chance it. As Traciann says... "It's the drug." Sharon

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    Does chemotherapy make you feel nauseous immediatly?

    Asked by anonymous

    Family Member or Loved One
    almost 7 years 6 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I never had any nausea with my treatments. I took Emend and it must have worked well. I could not take steroids so Emend was it. Take care, Sharon

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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Everyone is different, but my experience is no. They will give you anti nausea meds along with the chemo. You may need to take more that evening just to stay ahead of it. It's easier to treat than to take it away. I had a little queeziness the day of for my first 2 treatments. My 3rd & 4th...

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      Everyone is different, but my experience is no. They will give you anti nausea meds along with the chemo. You may need to take more that evening just to stay ahead of it. It's easier to treat than to take it away. I had a little queeziness the day of for my first 2 treatments. My 3rd & 4th treatment I was very sick on the 3rd & 4th day. The rest I had no problem. Prayers to you.

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    My mammogram showed a dense breast. What does that mean?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 8 years 1 answer
    • Tina Ureten Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      That means you need other diagnostic tests because mammogram does not show the cancer lesion when the breast is dense. Your next tesh should be ultrasound because it is safe, does not use radiation and not costly.
      The best quality of whole breast ultrasound is obtained by automated breast...

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      That means you need other diagnostic tests because mammogram does not show the cancer lesion when the breast is dense. Your next tesh should be ultrasound because it is safe, does not use radiation and not costly.
      The best quality of whole breast ultrasound is obtained by automated breast ultrasound (ABUS). You can get more information about the superiority of ABUS to mammogram by visiting the web site below
      www.vipbreastimaging.com

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