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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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    Am 3 weeks out from my last of 4 TC chemos. I cannot believe how unbelievably tired and unwell I feel. How long does this last??

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      Hi, it took me a month or so to get my energy level back. I found myself getting stronger and stronger every day. I am two years out of chemo, one year out of herceptin. Honestly, I'm just now beginning to feel like myself. Hang in there, it gets better.

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    • Betsy Chapin Profile
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      In a way post chemo was the toughest. So many side effects of chemo lingered when I just wanted to be done with the whole thing. I also had TC and was exhausted at the end of treatment due to being anemic , neuropathy in toes and fingers, swelling in legs and feet. Slowly but surely the side...

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      In a way post chemo was the toughest. So many side effects of chemo lingered when I just wanted to be done with the whole thing. I also had TC and was exhausted at the end of treatment due to being anemic , neuropathy in toes and fingers, swelling in legs and feet. Slowly but surely the side effects diminished. You will get better! And then you will look back at all this and life will be amazing! I am also 2 years out from treatment and every day is a gift I cherish. Be gentle with yourself as you are still healing. Soon it will be over and you will feel healthy again.

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    What is the prognosis of stage 3 medullary carcinoma? Ten years ago I had a lumpectomy and radiation. Now I have tumors in both breasts and face a bilateral radical mastectomy plus chemo. What is my prognosis?

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
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      Survivor since 2007

      When I was going through cancer treatment, I refused to hear negative stories. It didn't do me any good and just depressed me. There are many more women alive today because of the treatments available. No human can really talk prognosis with any amount of certainty because we don't have a...

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      When I was going through cancer treatment, I refused to hear negative stories. It didn't do me any good and just depressed me. There are many more women alive today because of the treatments available. No human can really talk prognosis with any amount of certainty because we don't have a clue. If I were you, I would not focus on your diagnosis but on your fight that is ahead of you. Here is Marianne, who has fought a huge battle and won. There are many, many women on this board who have made it and are alive and well today. We are all here to support you. We know this is the scary thing to be facing but we have all been there. We know that terror but also know success. Please don't spend time and energy looking at that half empty glass.... you might at well believe you are going conquer this and win the battle. Do not put a limit on your life by talking prognosis because in reality, it doesn't help you.... it drags you down both mentally and physically. Who actually knows what YOUR prognosis will be?Prognosis, is a cold, analytical statistic.... you are a warm, loving, living, breathing, feeling, human being. Only God knows how long any of us have on this earth. Your job right now is to fight like a girl, get through your treatment and start living your wonderful life. Again, we are all here to support you and share our experiences with you. God's blessings to you. Hang in there and take care, Sharon

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      anonymous
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      The minute that I was diagnosed I made the decision to have a bilateral mastectomy and it was the best decision I have made. I will soon have my implant exchange.

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  • Connie Logan Profile

    Has anyone gotten a sort of all over headache after shaving already shedding hair? There is still stubble.

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    • Christina Archambault Profile
      anonymous
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      Mind hurt while my stubbies came out, try silk pillow cases and leaving your head air out !

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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Hi Connie, I never had a headache but my scalp was very tender!!! My scalp had little red bumps all over as well. My dr said to wash gently with Dove then put a very thin coat of Eurcerin. It got better when all the hair was gone. :).

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  • Anj Donahue Profile

    I just finished 4 dose dense chemo treatments of AC approximately a month ago. Since then I've been getting hot flashes that have only increased in frequency. Is this a definite sign of the dreaded early onset menopause? P.S. I just turned 27.

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    • Tiffani Warila Profile
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      I had 4 A/C followed by 4 taxol, finished in early November 2011. I did get my period back in march 2012, after 8 months of not having it. Your body is going through so much with chemo, it takes a while for it to get back to a "new" normal. I turned 30 in February. I went through 34...

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      I had 4 A/C followed by 4 taxol, finished in early November 2011. I did get my period back in march 2012, after 8 months of not having it. Your body is going through so much with chemo, it takes a while for it to get back to a "new" normal. I turned 30 in February. I went through 34 radiation treatments and am now on tamoxifen (started about 3 weeks ago). Only time will tell what will happen with my period now that I'm taking that. Fingers crossed for some normalcy! Best of luck!

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    • K G Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      No, it is not a definite clear sign menopause. I finished all my chemo last October. I like you had hot flashes, but have had 2 periods since. I am 34. I know it is such a scary time, just hang in there and give it some time. Congrats on getting through AC.

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