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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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  • omid gp Profile

    I'd been diagnosed by invasive ductal carcinoma last year and i'll get my 9th herceptin as the last one because of its hart effect i cant get more i'm too worried about the cancer comes back and some times i become too depressed to do any thing

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 4 answers
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    • Erin Timlin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I am also receiving herceptin until the end of January 2013 or so. You know, my oncologist told me that many studies have shown that 6 months or so of herceptin are as effective as 1 year. Since the data isn't entirely conclusive, my protocol is to stay at a year for treatment, BUT just know...

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      I am also receiving herceptin until the end of January 2013 or so. You know, my oncologist told me that many studies have shown that 6 months or so of herceptin are as effective as 1 year. Since the data isn't entirely conclusive, my protocol is to stay at a year for treatment, BUT just know that studies have shown that less herceptin is as effective. Rest assured that you've received enough to help you fight it off!! GOOD LUCK!

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      anonymous
      Stage 3A Patient

      I just had surgery for colon cancer and while I was in the hospital I was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy from the Herceptin I was getting or breast cancer. My heart is at 30-35%. Cardiologist sys no more. I'm on drugs to strengthen my heart. But I am starting chemo on Friday that will benefit both...

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      I just had surgery for colon cancer and while I was in the hospital I was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy from the Herceptin I was getting or breast cancer. My heart is at 30-35%. Cardiologist sys no more. I'm on drugs to strengthen my heart. But I am starting chemo on Friday that will benefit both the colon and breast cancer. Ask your oncologist for an alternative plan.

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    What questions do I ask prior to surgery for removal of a positive lump?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 5 answers
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    • Holly Stroup Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Those are all very good questions to ask, but I just wanted to add something to all women that are starting their journey with breast cancer. A couple of years ago a good friend of mine that has been dealing with stage four breast cancer told me that before any procedure is done for ex:...

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      Those are all very good questions to ask, but I just wanted to add something to all women that are starting their journey with breast cancer. A couple of years ago a good friend of mine that has been dealing with stage four breast cancer told me that before any procedure is done for ex: lumpectomies, needle biopsies, mastecomies, anything that will require an IV to start drinking a lot of water 3 days in advance. This helps the body and the veins during all procedures. It does work.

      Now back tothe questions. I am a breast cancer survivor and a double mastectomy survivor. You need to ask if the cancer would come back. After my needle biopsy and lumpectomy the lab reports came back telling me the breast cancer will come back and that is why I chose the double mastectomy. My breast cancer was only in my left breast. Ask if the cancer is invasive and if it is aggressive. This tells you if it is still inside the walls of the milk ducts and how angry it is.

      When you get these questions answered it will help you to discuss with your Surgeon the coarse of action that it best for you, every woman is different. And last but not least, get connected with the Breast Cancer Society. My connection with Beyond the Shock and the Breast Cancer Society has been a tremendous source of information and strength that helps to calm my fears.

      Holly
      Survivor

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    • Becky card swerdloff  Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      I was told it didn't matter if you had a mastectomy, that cancer is in all of us, that something triggers it. I had a lumpectomy two years ago and was told I should be cancer free for at least 10 years. I figure I can always get them cut off later if needed and perhaps if and when my cancer...

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      I was told it didn't matter if you had a mastectomy, that cancer is in all of us, that something triggers it. I had a lumpectomy two years ago and was told I should be cancer free for at least 10 years. I figure I can always get them cut off later if needed and perhaps if and when my cancer returns there might be better cures by then. We are all with you in spirit during your battle. After your battle is over you will probably appreciate each day as the true gift that it is. Endulge yourself whenever you can.

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    I finished chemo 4 months ago, still on herceptin. My blood work was looking better each time, but now my counts are going down. Could that mean I'm having a recurrance?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 2 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      There are no rules sayng you can't call your oncologists office to address your very important questions. Do not think you are bothering them.... they are there to get us through our treatments. This is a legitimate and important question and you need to ask it. Write down your questions...

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      There are no rules sayng you can't call your oncologists office to address your very important questions. Do not think you are bothering them.... they are there to get us through our treatments. This is a legitimate and important question and you need to ask it. Write down your questions before you call the office,( they will probably have to call you back.) but make your call immediately! You don't need to spend any more time worrying about these lab results. You go girl!

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      There are no rules sayng you can't call your oncologists office to address your very important questions. Do not think you are bothering them.... they are there to get us through our treatments. This is a legitimate and important question and you need to ask it. Write down your questions...

      more

      There are no rules sayng you can't call your oncologists office to address your very important questions. Do not think you are bothering them.... they are there to get us through our treatments. This is a legitimate and important question and you need to ask it. Write down your questions before you call the office,( they will probably have to call you back.) but make your call immediately! You don't need to spend any more time worrying about these lab results. You go girl!

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  • julie anne Lype Profile

    What makes the decision as to whether you get Herceptin every week or the triple dose every 3 weeks ?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 5 years 7 answers
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    • Mimi Carroll Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      With chemo it can be. 1/3 of a dose every 7 days or a full dose every 21 days - depending on your chemo schedule... Usually alone it goes to once every 21 days... Since I was weekly with chemo we are starting Herceptin alone every 14 days ... And the will bump to 21 days... No matter how...

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      With chemo it can be. 1/3 of a dose every 7 days or a full dose every 21 days - depending on your chemo schedule... Usually alone it goes to once every 21 days... Since I was weekly with chemo we are starting Herceptin alone every 14 days ... And the will bump to 21 days... No matter how delivered the total 21 day Dise will Elbe same... Amazing to be living on a conscience level ona21 day cell cycle... I have never thought so much about my cells before- I can even give a pretty good explanation of mitosis and why the mitotic grade is important to us. .

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    • julie anne Lype Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thanks ladies ! For some reason, this news of switching from every week to every 3 weeks for Herceptin wasn't shared with me and it was a surprise on my first visit back 2 weeks after my last Taxol.
      It sounds like a standard protocol, just wish it was communicated to me earlier...

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