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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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  • Cindy Jameson Profile

    I have recurrent breast cancer, it is now in the lymph nodes, does the survival rate go down with recurrent cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years 1 answer
    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Hi Cindy, i don't know the answer to your question but there is a wonderful support board at breastcancer.org. I am stage 3C and have found out so much info there. There is a group of stage 4 ladies that are wonderful. Good luck in your journey!!

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  • Maurleen Valencia Profile

    I keep getting more "lumps" and have had a negative biopsy. Why would I keep developing lumps so rapidly?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 8 years 1 answer
    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      My breasts were very "lumpy" as well. I had several microcalcification cysts. Sometimes this can happen due to too much caffeine consumption...or you just may be prone to get them. It sounds as if your Dr. Is on top of it though. A short synopsis of my story....I had several microcalcification...

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      My breasts were very "lumpy" as well. I had several microcalcification cysts. Sometimes this can happen due to too much caffeine consumption...or you just may be prone to get them. It sounds as if your Dr. Is on top of it though. A short synopsis of my story....I had several microcalcification cysts that my Dr wanted to "monitor". Therefore I was having a mammogram with ultrasound performed every six months for 2 years & yearly prior to that. I found my lump on my own 5 months after a "clear" mammogram with ultrasound. It was 7 cm and ended up not being a fast growing cancer. I was diagnosed with stage 3C IDC breast cancer. My cancer should have been caught so much sooner than it was. I'm not telling you this to scare you. Know that most cysts are benign! My Mother has had small cysts for years with no cancer. Just make sure your Dr stays on top of things and get those biopsies when in doubt! I have learned a valuable lesson in all of this. We truly must be our own advocates! Best wishes Maurleen.  :)

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  • Francoise  Armand Profile

    Is chemotherapy always part of breast cancer treatment??

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 7 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      No chemo is not always used. I had a bilateral mastectomy so I didn't have to have radiation and when it came to chemo it was really my choice. I chose not to have it because the oncologist advised me that the small amount of benefit I would get from the chemo would not justify the effects of the...

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      No chemo is not always used. I had a bilateral mastectomy so I didn't have to have radiation and when it came to chemo it was really my choice. I chose not to have it because the oncologist advised me that the small amount of benefit I would get from the chemo would not justify the effects of the chemo. I consider myself to be very lucky. I only have the rest of my reconstruction and 5 years of hormone treatment to go through. I hope I have made the right decision, only time will tell.

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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      No not always. It depends on so many different things. Cancer treatment is so specialized now. There are a number of factors involved.

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    I had breast cancer stage 3b now I have a solid nodule on my thyroid. What does this mean?

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    over 8 years 3 answers
    • Surf  Momma Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Go and see an endocrinologist to find out!

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    • Teri Braa Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I am recently thru with chemo and radiation for stage 3a. They just found 7 nodules on my thyroid. 2 are 1" big. I had a thyroid biopsy last week and it was negative. The endocrinologist said there is a less than 2% chance it's related to the BC. It is apparently very common but you should def...

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      I am recently thru with chemo and radiation for stage 3a. They just found 7 nodules on my thyroid. 2 are 1" big. I had a thyroid biopsy last week and it was negative. The endocrinologist said there is a less than 2% chance it's related to the BC. It is apparently very common but you should def have it checked out.

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