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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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  • Linda Wells Profile

    What is necrosis of the breast? I have had SEVERAL mammograms done and 2 biopsies on my left breast and the necrosis didnt show up until I had a sonogram. I have had pain in my left breast continually and I cannot hold a book or my grandchild against it.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years 1 answer
    • Coco Smith Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Necrosis is tissue - such as breast fat - where damage to the cells has occurred. Necrotic is a Greek derivation and it means death. So in medical usage it refers to prematurely dead tissue when the host body remains alive. The thing is the dead tissue in a live organism can arise from a...

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      Necrosis is tissue - such as breast fat - where damage to the cells has occurred. Necrotic is a Greek derivation and it means death. So in medical usage it refers to prematurely dead tissue when the host body remains alive. The thing is the dead tissue in a live organism can arise from a multitude of causes. It can be a blow to the area, radiation can do this - even the bite from a white spider can cause tissue death. So if you have a breast histopathology report stating after a biopsy that they found necrotic cells within a tumour positive for breast cancer, this means there were dead cells in the tumour site. In a normal breast, if necrosis is present it normally does not mean breast cancer as it can happen from so many things. A friend had this from a grandchild accidentally kicking her hard in the chest for example. The question to ask is - is your necrosis associated with breast cancer or some other condition.

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    My mom is starting xeloda today after receiving 10 treatments of radiation.do any of you ladies have any experience with this chemo agent? My mom has metastisized stage 4 breast cancer and is terminal. Will her quality of life be ok on this medicine?

    Asked by anonymous

    Family Member or Loved One
    about 7 years 3 answers
    • Lisa S Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      I was on it for quite a while. I thought it was a great chemo. Be prepared for hand foot syndrome. Buy some white cotton gloves (any drug store or beauty supply) she will need to sleep w cream using gloves and socks to keep moist. The xeloda cleared the cancer from my liver and shrunk my other...

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      I was on it for quite a while. I thought it was a great chemo. Be prepared for hand foot syndrome. Buy some white cotton gloves (any drug store or beauty supply) she will need to sleep w cream using gloves and socks to keep moist. The xeloda cleared the cancer from my liver and shrunk my other tumors. I am terminal as well a be prepared to change chemos every so often. Good luck and remember this can be treated as a chronic disease for a long while.

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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I've read about this chemo drug. It is a pill so she won't have to do the three or four hours doing the IV at the infusian center. Good thoughts and prayers for her journey and contiued strength for you caring for her.

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    How many treatments of chemo will a woman with Stage 2 have to go through?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 8 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      It depends on what type of breast cancer, how aggressive, what grade, if there are any positive lymph nodes, etc. There are many things that factor into making a decision like this. This also may be done in conjunction with radiation therapy, and possibly hormone therapy too. There is no way...

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      It depends on what type of breast cancer, how aggressive, what grade, if there are any positive lymph nodes, etc. There are many things that factor into making a decision like this. This also may be done in conjunction with radiation therapy, and possibly hormone therapy too. There is no way to accurately guess this until a lot of cellular tests come back. Take care, Sharon

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    • Tiffani Warila Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I agree with Sharon. I was stage 2, the order of my treatment was 4 A/C followed by 4 taxol treatments, then a lumpectomy, and 34 radiation treatments. Because I was hormone positive I am currently taking tamoxifen. It depends though, If you are her2 positive you would need herceptin for a...

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      I agree with Sharon. I was stage 2, the order of my treatment was 4 A/C followed by 4 taxol treatments, then a lumpectomy, and 34 radiation treatments. Because I was hormone positive I am currently taking tamoxifen. It depends though, If you are her2 positive you would need herceptin for a year, and your doc might recommend a mastectomy instead of a lumpectomy. There are many factors. Feel free to ask any other questions, I will gladly answer if I can!

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  • Connie Logan Profile

    Does anyone have trouble going to sleep and staying asleep in the two weeks after taxotere cytoxin treatment? If I could sleep more I'd feel better.

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2B Patient
    almost 8 years 6 answers
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      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      I have that problem too. I take Tylenol pm and it works very well. Just Tylenol and benedryl so I'm not taking anything strong.

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    • Evelyn Heilbrunn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I definitely had trouble sleeping (except for my 5-hour "chemo coma" when I finished a treatment!). I was told it was also due to the steroids I got IV before chemo. I was given Trazadone for sleep. It really helped. If you don't sleep well at night be sure to take a good nap or naps during...

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      I definitely had trouble sleeping (except for my 5-hour "chemo coma" when I finished a treatment!). I was told it was also due to the steroids I got IV before chemo. I was given Trazadone for sleep. It really helped. If you don't sleep well at night be sure to take a good nap or naps during the day. It'll throw you off your regular schedule but you'll be getting the sleep you need.

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