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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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    Has anyone ever experienced atrial fibrulation as a residual effect of chemo? I took herceptin, taxotere and carboplatin.

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2011
    over 6 years 2 answers
    • Laura Cornwell Profile
      anonymous
      Industry Provider

      There is no evidence that taxotere or carbaplatin have any adverse effects on the heart. Herceptin is known to rarely cause some heart changes, but not specifically atrial fibrillation.

      Atrial fibrillation is actually very common with age. Most people get it for reasons related to high blood...

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      There is no evidence that taxotere or carbaplatin have any adverse effects on the heart. Herceptin is known to rarely cause some heart changes, but not specifically atrial fibrillation.

      Atrial fibrillation is actually very common with age. Most people get it for reasons related to high blood pressure, valve disease, coronary artery disease, lung disease, alcohol use or thyroid problems. If one of those were to blame, you and your doctor would most likely already know that you had the risk factor. But up to 1-3 out of every 10 people with atrial fibrillation had no risk factor for Afib.

      Be optimistic! There are lots of options for atrial fibrillation treatment and in many patients it can be fixed.

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    • Kathy Firth Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      These are the same drugs I have taken and am still taking Herceptin and have so far not experienced any problems with my heart. My oncologist sends me every three months for an echo to keep a close watch for any possible damage.

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    Do they ever perform a biopsy right after the first mammogram?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 7 answers
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    • Mary Foti Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      If your doctor noticed an abnormality on your first or any mammogram, it is likely you will have an ultrasound or an MRI (or both) to get a better look at the area in question. If there is still concern then the next step is a biopsy as that is the only way to confirm exactly what the cause is....

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      If your doctor noticed an abnormality on your first or any mammogram, it is likely you will have an ultrasound or an MRI (or both) to get a better look at the area in question. If there is still concern then the next step is a biopsy as that is the only way to confirm exactly what the cause is. In many cases, it's benign.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      If you mean.... same appointment with the mammogram.... I'm pretty sure it isn't unheard of. Usually the way it goes is mammogram, ultrasound, biopsy. As Mary says, they may include an MRI which would check for a larger area in the chest and lymph nodes. Take care, Sharon

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    Is it ok to have alcohol while on Tamoxifen?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 6 answers
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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      The answer better be yes or I'm screwed. I'm a home brewer and just tried my hand a wine making for the first time. I do know for a fact a double shot of scotch makes shaving your head the first much easier.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Yes it is fine to have alcohol while on tamoxifen and also while having chemo. My doc said try to keep your life as normal as possible, if you want to have a drink, have it. Sit back, have a drink and relax. Good luck.

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  • nicole blagburn Profile

    I called my oncologist to tell him about the awful tamoxifen side effects I'm having and now they are concerned about the cramps in my legs. They set up an ultra sound to see if there are any blood clots. Are leg cramps not normal?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 2 answers
    • Lisa Taylor Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I have the leg craps as well! My doctor told me to take B6! I have been on tamoxifen for 8 months now!

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    • melissa perlman Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      They can be normal. Cramps can also be a sign of blood clots. If your calves are not red warm or swollen, you probably have nothing to worry about. Start taking a baby aspirin everyday.

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