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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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    How come when I was diagnosed my Dr. couldn't tell the stage of cancer and said only after surgery I would know, but a friend has just been diagnosed today with no surgery just a biopsy at Stage 2?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 5 answers
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    • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      Morning A' It all depends on how much tissue was Removed during the biopsy. The type of biopsy done. And the other factor being the surgeon wants to have a complete pathology final report before giving you your staging diagnosis. The doctor I worked for was very thorough and had the tissue...

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      Morning A' It all depends on how much tissue was Removed during the biopsy. The type of biopsy done. And the other factor being the surgeon wants to have a complete pathology final report before giving you your staging diagnosis. The doctor I worked for was very thorough and had the tissue evaluated by two pathologist before giving a patient a cancer staging diagnosis. She felt it was devastating enough for the patent to hear they had cancer and wanted to be as accurate as possible with treatment options after surgery

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    • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      Morning A,

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  • Susan Green Profile

    Has anyone had the dye for mapping out the lymph nodes before surgery had this done without a local anesthesia?

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    Patient
    almost 8 years 7 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I must have been born with non-functioning nerves.... I, too, had the mapping done and don't remember it being anything other than a bit of stinging but tolerable.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had it done without anything - it was horrible. I remember my surgeon saying "it will feel like a bee sting" and she gave me the injection. I sat straight up and ( I can take pain) and had tears running down my cheeks and said 'oh my goodness' "NO"!!! She said 'what's wrong' I said that wasn't...

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      I had it done without anything - it was horrible. I remember my surgeon saying "it will feel like a bee sting" and she gave me the injection. I sat straight up and ( I can take pain) and had tears running down my cheeks and said 'oh my goodness' "NO"!!! She said 'what's wrong' I said that wasn't a dang bee sting it was a swarm or hornets and she said "GREAT ; that means it hasn't moved out of the lymph nodes"! That was true it hadn't but it was the worse feeling ever!!! I know what your talking about.

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  • claira maxwell Profile

    I recently found a hard lump on the side of my breast. I am making an appointment to the doctor soon I just am so afraid. I'm only 19 and I don't know what to expect. What questions I should ask my doctor?

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 6 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      For your own peace of mind, go in and have this checked as soon as you can. Your doctor may send you for a mammogram and possibly an ultrasound. All of this will scare the socks off of you but remember, your doctor just wants to do the best for you and MOST OF THESE LUMPS AND BUMPS AREN'T...

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      For your own peace of mind, go in and have this checked as soon as you can. Your doctor may send you for a mammogram and possibly an ultrasound. All of this will scare the socks off of you but remember, your doctor just wants to do the best for you and MOST OF THESE LUMPS AND BUMPS AREN'T CANCER!

      If you do have breast cancer in your family, it is even more important to get these checked out. I am really glad to hear you are checking your breasts at an early age. If you "google" BSE or breast self exams, you will learn the proper way to accomplish this. You can also ask your doctor to instruct you. Call your doctor today and let us know how you are doing.

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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Hi Claira, great advice from Sharon & Dawn. Most lumps are benign but you always want to get them checked out ASAP. Never take that chance. I might add one more thing. Some old school doctors are still under the assumption that young women aren't at risk for breast cancer. Thats not true!!...

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      Hi Claira, great advice from Sharon & Dawn. Most lumps are benign but you always want to get them checked out ASAP. Never take that chance. I might add one more thing. Some old school doctors are still under the assumption that young women aren't at risk for breast cancer. Thats not true!! Hopefully you won't encounter one like that. Unfortunately young women can & do get breast cancer. I'll be sending positive vibes your way. Best wishes Claira.

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  • Jennifer Jones Profile

    I'm having a mastectomy with auxiliary nodes on October 11th. Does anyone know how long the recovery will be?

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    Patient
    about 7 years 4 answers
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    • Wendy DeLong Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had drains 2 weeks. Was back to work in 3 weeks. I had expander inserted same time assay.

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    • Wendy DeLong Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Sorry.... Same time as mastectomy. You may still have some limited range of motion. You'll do fine I'm sure! Take care !

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