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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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  • julie anne Lype Profile

    What makes the decision as to whether you get Herceptin every week or the triple dose every 3 weeks ?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 7 answers
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    • Mimi Carroll Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      With chemo it can be. 1/3 of a dose every 7 days or a full dose every 21 days - depending on your chemo schedule... Usually alone it goes to once every 21 days... Since I was weekly with chemo we are starting Herceptin alone every 14 days ... And the will bump to 21 days... No matter how...

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      With chemo it can be. 1/3 of a dose every 7 days or a full dose every 21 days - depending on your chemo schedule... Usually alone it goes to once every 21 days... Since I was weekly with chemo we are starting Herceptin alone every 14 days ... And the will bump to 21 days... No matter how delivered the total 21 day Dise will Elbe same... Amazing to be living on a conscience level ona21 day cell cycle... I have never thought so much about my cells before- I can even give a pretty good explanation of mitosis and why the mitotic grade is important to us. .

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    • julie anne Lype Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thanks ladies ! For some reason, this news of switching from every week to every 3 weeks for Herceptin wasn't shared with me and it was a surprise on my first visit back 2 weeks after my last Taxol.
      It sounds like a standard protocol, just wish it was communicated to me earlier...

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  • Karen Milburn Profile

    Anyone have dx of triple negative , brca1/2 neg , did chemo first and then had surgery? who did you decide what type of surgery? what did you consider regarding why to decide. chemo ends 2/27 and surgeon visit 2/21.

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2B Patient
    about 5 years 5 answers
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    • Fats ferreira Profile
      anonymous
      Family Member or Loved One

      Mom was diagnosed with stage 1 tnbc...September 2012... she had lumpectomy, chemo then rads... what I've learnt is that everyone is different... this forum is great and has an awesome bunch of ladies who were my angels when my mom was diagnosed.. but check tnbc foundation. .. everyone there was...

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      Mom was diagnosed with stage 1 tnbc...September 2012... she had lumpectomy, chemo then rads... what I've learnt is that everyone is different... this forum is great and has an awesome bunch of ladies who were my angels when my mom was diagnosed.. but check tnbc foundation. .. everyone there was diagnosed tnbc... all the best with the remainder of your treatment... and decisions that have to be made.... God Bless

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    • Brandi Mixon Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I was diagnosed with TNBC July 2012. After being given all my options and discussing with my husband, I choose to have a double mastectomy followed by 6 rounds of TAC chemo. Because I chose the BMX, I did not have to have radiation. Last summer I had expanders placed to begin the reconstruction...

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      I was diagnosed with TNBC July 2012. After being given all my options and discussing with my husband, I choose to have a double mastectomy followed by 6 rounds of TAC chemo. Because I chose the BMX, I did not have to have radiation. Last summer I had expanders placed to begin the reconstruction process and had my exchange surgery 12/26/13. The biggest part of my decision was to get rid of everything that could host the cancer if it decided to come back. I am very happy with my decision.

      We are all so different and there are so many options out there, we just have to weigh all the options presented to us and talk with those closest to us to find what option suits us best. You will get through this!! Hang in there!!! God bless you!!

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  • Serena Neff Profile

    Are there any side effects when just on Herceptin?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 6 answers
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    • Sue Rice Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      I am on Herceptin and Femara the main side effects from the herceptin that I have is sore crusty nose and tiredness sometimes I get breathless. Occasionally my ankles seem to swell as well all joint pain I have is from the Femara.

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    • Isabel Souchet Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      I too was a bit breathless, tired . But nothing compared to the chemo. It's very doable.

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  • Cindy Jameson Profile

    I have recurrent breast cancer, it is now in the lymph nodes, does the survival rate go down with recurrent cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 1 answer
    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Hi Cindy, i don't know the answer to your question but there is a wonderful support board at breastcancer.org. I am stage 3C and have found out so much info there. There is a group of stage 4 ladies that are wonderful. Good luck in your journey!!

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