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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 have infiltrating DC. I tested pos. for BRCA gene. I will be having bilateral mastectomy on thurs. with reconstruction. I was told I was a candidate for nipple sparing mastectomy & am considering this. Any thoughts or opinions?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 5 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      My surgery was a success. The PS did such a good job. Nothing can prepare you to see your new breast/s and then they are numb and way too firm. I do believe this technique is the way to go for the most natural look. Scars are less disfiguring. Hope your journey foes well

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    • Mona Callender Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had implants put in wouldn't do again. But was 56 when I had it done. They are not what they are cracked up to be

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  • Ali S Profile

    How do I go about telling someone, that I'm newly dating, that I was getting breast cancer treatment?

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2011
    over 7 years 1 answer
    • Brooke Lancaster Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      I'm curious on this question too. I am 33 and single. I would love to be able to date again, but I am afraid to talk about my Breast Cancer with a future suitor. I think with me it's a physical insecurity I'm going thru right now. I'm almost done with chemo, so I keep telling myself once I'm done...

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      I'm curious on this question too. I am 33 and single. I would love to be able to date again, but I am afraid to talk about my Breast Cancer with a future suitor. I think with me it's a physical insecurity I'm going thru right now. I'm almost done with chemo, so I keep telling myself once I'm done with treatment and dell like myself again.

      For you, wait to talk about it for when you feel the most comfortable. I'm sure he will be there for you thru this time. What treatment are you going thru at this time? Best wishes.

      Brooke

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  • Anonymous Stage 2 Profile

    It has been 15 days since the doctor did the oncotype dx test and I still don't have the results yet. It is so hard waiting. Does it ususally take this long to get the results?

    Asked by anonymous

    Patient
    over 6 years 8 answers
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    • nancy f Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      I have been waiting almost 3 weeks now for my results - and its driving me nuts.. I know because of the holidays it could take longer but I really feel stressed...I still have to have more surgery to get a clear margin but we are wating for the test results first.. If the dr doesn't call me...

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      I have been waiting almost 3 weeks now for my results - and its driving me nuts.. I know because of the holidays it could take longer but I really feel stressed...I still have to have more surgery to get a clear margin but we are wating for the test results first.. If the dr doesn't call me today, I'll call her tomorrow...waiting just makes more time to worry!

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    • Evelyn Heilbrunn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Hi there, any oncotype results yet?

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    Anybody knows if positive lymph nodes change into negatives?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 2 answers
    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Positive lymph nodes are usually removed in an axillary lymph node dissection.

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    • Laura Cornwell Profile
      anonymous
      Industry Provider

      Lymph nodes cannot be determined truly positive until they are removed or biopsied. As Diana has mentioned, the lymph nodes with cancer are usually removed during breast cancer surgery. Sometimes, if lymph nodes are positive, surgeons will want to operate again to look for more positive lymph...

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      Lymph nodes cannot be determined truly positive until they are removed or biopsied. As Diana has mentioned, the lymph nodes with cancer are usually removed during breast cancer surgery. Sometimes, if lymph nodes are positive, surgeons will want to operate again to look for more positive lymph nodes with cancer in them, but fortunately, these further dissections often turn up only negative lymph nodes.

      Once a lymph node has cancer in it (and is thus positive), it would not be expected to become negative unless possibly it is treated with radiation or chemo. In women who have chemo before their surgery, lymph nodes that were sampled may clear of cancer before they are completely removed in the surgery.

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