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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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  • Jennifer Swallow Profile

    My doctor said that my mammogram and ultrasound show nothing, but the lumps are still there and sore. What should I do? I know an MRI would be good, but what if my doctor refuses to order one?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years 5 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      This is your body.... the doctor can't refuse to order a test for you. I had a bit of an argument with my doctor about an MRI but he quickly relented and ordered it for me. An MRI will show what a mammogram and an ultrasound can't. In my case, it would have found my breast cancer much earlier....

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      This is your body.... the doctor can't refuse to order a test for you. I had a bit of an argument with my doctor about an MRI but he quickly relented and ordered it for me. An MRI will show what a mammogram and an ultrasound can't. In my case, it would have found my breast cancer much earlier. Be polite, be nice, but be persistant, and win this one as if your life depended on it. I hope Diana reads this as she will also support you in getting an MRI. You GO GIRL!

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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Hi Jennifer. I totally agree with Sharon. You have lumps that a mammogram & ultrasound aren't picking up. Hopefully they are benign....but you don't know. It's crucial that you have an MRI preformed. I wished my doctors would have done one for me. Thus my cancer was found much too late. It is...

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      Hi Jennifer. I totally agree with Sharon. You have lumps that a mammogram & ultrasound aren't picking up. Hopefully they are benign....but you don't know. It's crucial that you have an MRI preformed. I wished my doctors would have done one for me. Thus my cancer was found much too late. It is your body and you need to demand more testing. If your doctor refuses then it might be time to find another doctor. Take care Jennifer & keep us posted

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  • Jan  Hasak Profile

    Does exercise help when you are undergoing chemotherapy?

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2003
    over 7 years 3 answers
    • Janelle Strunk Profile
      anonymous
      Family Member or Loved One

      Exercising while undergoing chemotherapy can be beneficial both psychologically and physically. Light and stimulating exercise can help to reduce fatigue and the risk of thrombosis (blood clotting in the veins). It can also keep the bones strong and healthy and reduce the risk of weight gain...

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      Exercising while undergoing chemotherapy can be beneficial both psychologically and physically. Light and stimulating exercise can help to reduce fatigue and the risk of thrombosis (blood clotting in the veins). It can also keep the bones strong and healthy and reduce the risk of weight gain related to chemotherapy. A walk or gentle run has also been known to help with mild nausea. Additionally, exercise can increase your sense of self-empowerment and improve social integration.

      You need to remember that your ability to perform strenuous exercise may be impaired, so you need to develop a light exercise routine and find a balance that is most beneficial to you.

      Hope this helps!

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    • Ali S Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      It helped me!

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    What if you skip some radiation treatments? I have just been diagnosed with Stage 1, and we have a trip planned that we cannot cancel. I will undergo a lumpectomy next week followed by radiation.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 3 answers
    • Omar Hinojosa Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      The best thing to do is go as scheduled. If this is not possible then you should see if it is possible to complete treatment at another center. You should pose this question to your oncologist since no information was given about your breast cancer. For instance, if you are HER-2 positive I would...

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      The best thing to do is go as scheduled. If this is not possible then you should see if it is possible to complete treatment at another center. You should pose this question to your oncologist since no information was given about your breast cancer. For instance, if you are HER-2 positive I would state that it is not in your best interest. My mother has breast cancer and has two residence. To date we have traveled and received treatment at those destinations. We have traveled and received treatment in El Paso, Alabama, Tennessee and Chicago. Hope this helps

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    • Heather Chamber Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Generally u should have at least two weeks after ur surgery b4 starting any radiation. That area needs to heal b4 they start the next phase. Good luck hun. Be strong

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    I feel like the lump has shrunk and I don't feel the heaviness in my breast anymore...is that possible after 2 chemo treatments?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 5 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I think it is truly possible and also what your oncologist was hoping for. YAHOO!!!!
      Take care, Sharon

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Yes it's possible and a very good sign. My bra got slightly looser after 2 treatments. I mentioned it to my onocologist and he sent me for a mammogram and ultrasound which confirmed the mass was slightly smaller. Keep going!!!jayme

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