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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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  • Michele Aboro Profile

    Had my 3rd AC one more to go the 4 time taxol... Still feeling good today ;)

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 6 years 2 answers
    • Patricia Stoop Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Sounds like you are managing well! Good on you! And keep up the awesome job! Docetaxol has a set of challenges but not nausea and it can't hurt your heart like adriamycin. The neupogen/neulasta shots can give bony pain deep inside. Don't hesitate to try something. Apparently Claritin taken before...

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      Sounds like you are managing well! Good on you! And keep up the awesome job! Docetaxol has a set of challenges but not nausea and it can't hurt your heart like adriamycin. The neupogen/neulasta shots can give bony pain deep inside. Don't hesitate to try something. Apparently Claritin taken before treatment and then several days helps (wish I'd known that) Anyone with more comments on that?

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    • She  La Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 3A Patient

      Doing the same. I have three more to go! Trying so hard to stay positive. HANG IN THERE.

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  • Karyn Crum Profile

    Has anyone heard about the cold cap therapy or know anyone that has used it?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 1 Patient
    about 6 years 2 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Karyn, we talked about this earlier this month because I brought it up. There was more negative that positive because of the possibility of messing with the effectiveness of the chemotherapy. I hope somebody comes forward and reminds us. I think it warrants discussion with an oncologist. Hair...

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      Karyn, we talked about this earlier this month because I brought it up. There was more negative that positive because of the possibility of messing with the effectiveness of the chemotherapy. I hope somebody comes forward and reminds us. I think it warrants discussion with an oncologist. Hair loss was traumatic for me, in fact more mentally traumatic than losing my breast. Take care, Sharon

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    • Karyn Crum Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Sharon I talked to my Oncologist about the Cold Cap Therapy and he had nothing good to say. Most important, not enough studies done yet and not approved by the FDA!

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  • kim sosa Profile

    I had my first AC treatment of chemo on Wed. & then neulasta on Thurs. was in bed all day Fri. bounced back and was fine on Sat. Will my treatment get worse or stay the same as treatments go?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 8 answers
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    • Ali S Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      The only thing that got worse steadily for me was the fatigue. It builds up. But it got better when I was done. It does linger for a long time after, but doesn't feel anything like it did on chemo. Best wishes to you

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    • K G Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      My Oncologist told me that the first experience should be indicative of the rest. My first A/C was the hardest and got easier---minus the fatigue. That definitely addedcup. You should be good!

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  • Karen G Profile

    My seroma opened up my breast incison. Healing from inside out. Anyone else?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 1 Patient
    almost 5 years 4 answers
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    • Kimberley Duke Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      I had a seroma as well which ended up draining copious fluid. I then started chemo because we could not wait any longer. Ended up very sick after my first round and was hospitalized for 6 days. Breast continued to drain and then the one spot that was not healing from day one finally opened up...

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      I had a seroma as well which ended up draining copious fluid. I then started chemo because we could not wait any longer. Ended up very sick after my first round and was hospitalized for 6 days. Breast continued to drain and then the one spot that was not healing from day one finally opened up and expander was visible had to have immediate surgery to remove expander. Not enough tissue to close wound, so had to pack wound for 2-3 weeks then was just doing wet to dry dressing for several more months. Wound took 5 months to completely heal, and ended up with a huge scar on my chest. I then did the DIEP flap surgery

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hi Karen I had a seroma the dr drained it had 300cc it came back dr put a drained tube in and it became infected. I had to have surgery & have my expander removed. Was on antibiotics for three weeks. I am now flat on one side. yes your right it's always something. Prayers to you IJ

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