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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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    I was Diagnosed With IDC, Stage 2A grade2/3 no Lymph nodes, Lumpectomy right breast, Waiting too see my oncologist too see if I have too do chemo. I hope not. So Scared

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    over 7 years 3 answers
    • Elaine Mills Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      My diagnosis was the same as yours. I am assuming you had an oncatype-dx test that you are waiting on the results for? THis test saved me from having to do chemo, as the original plan was mastectomy and 20 weeks of chemo! My cancer is estrogen based, so I gave up both breasts and my ovaries. ...

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      My diagnosis was the same as yours. I am assuming you had an oncatype-dx test that you are waiting on the results for? THis test saved me from having to do chemo, as the original plan was mastectomy and 20 weeks of chemo! My cancer is estrogen based, so I gave up both breasts and my ovaries. Now the projected reoccurance rate is so low that I didn't have to do chemo. I hope the same for you. Keep us posted. If you'd like another support group, I belong to a facebook group called "We Are Sisters" that has been a wonderful help. Hope the best for you.

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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Thinking or you this morning and praying for you. This was the worst time for me. When I got the plan, my time and energy was directed into the positive action of fighting the mean thing. :-D Jo

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  • Striving to Survive Profile

    My first chemo therapy with AC will start next week. What do I need to expect and avoid besides of keeping my hands cleaned? I am on stage 3.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 4 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Ziyoda, It is difficult to say what to expect because everyone seems to have different reactions to chemotherapy. You can expect to be tired as that is the one thing that happens to everyone. Your hair will start to fall out approximately 2 weeks after your first treatment. When mine started to...

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      Ziyoda, It is difficult to say what to expect because everyone seems to have different reactions to chemotherapy. You can expect to be tired as that is the one thing that happens to everyone. Your hair will start to fall out approximately 2 weeks after your first treatment. When mine started to drop, I shaved my head. I wore hats, scarves, and even went "commando" (bald). Be sure to stay hydrated and drink plenty of fluids. Have someone drive you to and from your treatment appointments. Your immune system will be stressed so stay away from crowds, and especially folks with sore throats, coughs, and any other thing that might be contagious. Eat a balanced diet. You may lose your appetite for certain foods as your taste can change. Do not be afraid to contact your oncologist's office if you have questions. People can have a variety of side effects from chemo. so there are few that are universal. You are your own best advocate so don't be afraid to question something that doesn't seem right. I approach most everything with humor and was always cordial to the staff. Hang in there... you will march through this one treatment at a time. We are here to help you as much as we can. You WILL make it! Take care, Sharon

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    • sylvia clark Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Had my First a week ago and i agree w Sharon. i suggest you keep a water glass by your night stand, i found myself waking up thirsty quite a bit. You Also wat to brush your teeth several times a day to avoid issues. Ohhh and rest lots of rest :)

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  • Chris Johnson Profile

    My oncologist says that I would have to do 18 weeks of chemo and then 6 months of something else. This means I put my life and the lives of my family on hold for a year. No one else I have spoken with has had this long a sentence imposed. What do I?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 7 answers
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      I understand how you feel Chris. I felt the same way when I was diagnosed. Then I met a woman with stage 4 cancer who was going through 2 years of just chemo alone...not counting surgery, etc. it helped me put things in perspective. I also began to think of chemo as something that is being done...

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      I understand how you feel Chris. I felt the same way when I was diagnosed. Then I met a woman with stage 4 cancer who was going through 2 years of just chemo alone...not counting surgery, etc. it helped me put things in perspective. I also began to think of chemo as something that is being done FOR me and not TO me. It's true...it's a year out if you life. But if it saves your life...it's a small price to pay. It's been 9 months for me so far. I'm not finished...but I'm getting there. I feel blessed to be alive. :)

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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Hi Chris....hope you've received our responses and are doing well. :)

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  • Diana Dale Profile

    What care or treatment do I need after a chemo treatment?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 8 years 2 answers
    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Yes, as Ali said, all breast cancers are different and treated differently. I had chemo first, then my recent double mastectomy. I was due to begin radiation next but unfortunately I'll have to have more chemo beginning in a couple of days....then radiation. Good luck and God bless you in your...

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      Yes, as Ali said, all breast cancers are different and treated differently. I had chemo first, then my recent double mastectomy. I was due to begin radiation next but unfortunately I'll have to have more chemo beginning in a couple of days....then radiation. Good luck and God bless you in your journey Diana.

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    • Ali S Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Everyone is different b/c all breast cancers are different. I went chemo, lumpectomy, then will have radiation, but some have surgery first

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