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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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  • Erin Timlin Profile

    Anyone have trouble with yeast infections after chemo? I finished a month ago and think I have one. I have had a little trouble with my skin as well.

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2011
    over 6 years 6 answers
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    • Dee Layng Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Yes I did from my first chemo, of course I have only had one so far lol. You should see your family doctor right away, at least thats what my oncologist suggested. Good luck.

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    • Deborah St. Aubin Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Yes I also had a yeast infection and thrush inside my mouth after first chemo treatment. My oncologist called in a script for the yeast infection and Magic mouthwash Bogor the thrush in my mouth, within a few days I felt south bet

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    Is it ok to travel (by plane.. Short flight) and stay in hotel 1 week after chemo?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    about 6 years 7 answers
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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Ali is right check with your onc then have a great time. Do anything you feel good enough too.

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    • Ali S Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I'm sure it's fine! All depends on how you feel. If youre worried about germs, bring a mask. White blood count is lowest 7-10 days after chemo. Ask your doc just in case. You deserve a trip!

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  • sylvia clark Profile

    Hi, I got diagnosed breast cancer a month ago. I have gone through tons of tests, but no PET SCAN.. Should I ask for one? I have surgery next week, but I have not yet met the oncologist.. Should I be concered?

    Asked by anonymous

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

      My treatment started in 2006 so I also had a ton of tests pre-surgery. I had a CT-Scan instead of a PET Scan, a MUGA, Bone Scan, MRI. I did meet the Oncologist before I had surgery. It was a really miserable time mentally for me. It all happened so fast and it was frightening to me. I had so...

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      My treatment started in 2006 so I also had a ton of tests pre-surgery. I had a CT-Scan instead of a PET Scan, a MUGA, Bone Scan, MRI. I did meet the Oncologist before I had surgery. It was a really miserable time mentally for me. It all happened so fast and it was frightening to me. I had so many questions and as the tests came back my treatment plan became more clear. If I were you, I would talk to your surgeon or oncologist about why you are not receiving a PET scan. They may not feel you need it as they have the pre-diagnostics that are needed for you specific case. Treatment is now very specific and no two women are treated the same way. It all depends on the specific cells that make up your tumor.

      This is the type of situation you are going in to you need to ask questions and have an answer that will put your mind to rest. Don't be the least bit shy about speaking up about anything. You are going to be your own best advocate. I was able to save myself a second horrific reaction to a medication because the oncologist's office had made a mistake on my chemo "recipe." The infusion nurse and I got into a discussion because she was blowing off my concern. Turns out, I was right, she was wrong. She said, "It's a good thing you were so insistant." (duh...) So... start learning to speak up.... be respectful, but ask your questions. Good luck, I hope you hang out on this board... there are wonderful caring women on this site.

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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Hi Sylvia. I was given a PET scan prior to the beginning of my treatment, but I had chemo first, then my bilateral mastectomy. I'm not sure it that has anything to do with it or not. I would certainly ask the reasoning behind that decision. You mentioned that you haven't met with your oncologist...

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      Hi Sylvia. I was given a PET scan prior to the beginning of my treatment, but I had chemo first, then my bilateral mastectomy. I'm not sure it that has anything to do with it or not. I would certainly ask the reasoning behind that decision. You mentioned that you haven't met with your oncologist yet. Do you mean your surgical oncologist (who performs your surgery) or your medical oncologist (who performs your chemo)? If its your surgical oncologist, he/she should be meeting with you soon to discuss the procedure & answer any questions you might have. I would definitely call their office & find out what's going on.

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    I had a double mastectomy two weeks ago. I have been discharged by my surgeon, but I am now having tingling, sharp pains in my left arm where the lymph nodes were examined. Is there anything I can do that would help?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 1 answer
    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Hi, it's been almost eight weeks since I had my double mastectomy. I had 15 lymph nodes removed. I've had different pains as well. It may be the nerves growing back. But you might want to call your surgeon just to rule out any problems.

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