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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 would suspect they are tying off the mammary artery. Normal

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      The lady that did my mammogram explained to me that they put the clips in if they have a wide gap between tissue in the breast after removing the tumor...as in my case. I do have clips and they show up on my mammogram.

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      When I had breast cancer 12 years ago, a friend of mine had stage 4 breast cancer. It has been 12 years, and she is doing just fine. Faith and hope are the two words to remember. 

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    How long will one live with Stage 4 invasive ductal cancer without going through treatment?

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      A person has cancer. Cancer dosnt have a person. Remember that stay positive and may god bless you:)

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      I was diagnosed with stage one triple negative Breast cancer in 2005. They didn't know much about it back then other than it being an aggressive type of cancer that they usually went at with strong Chemo. A/C and Taxol dose dense which means Chemo every other week for 8 rounds of treatment. I was...

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