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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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  • Renee Weber-Jackson Profile

    I'm on day 12 after first chemo & my hair is starting to come out. My scalp is very tender/ painful. Any suggestions?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2B Patient
    over 6 years 13 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Arrrgh Renee.... this was the most un-fun... (among other un-fun parts) I took my horse clippers and shaved my head. It is quite sad to watch your hair come out in clumps and I am with the other women warriors.... get rid of it asap. Your scalp will feel tender, yes, tingly but that will go...

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      Arrrgh Renee.... this was the most un-fun... (among other un-fun parts) I took my horse clippers and shaved my head. It is quite sad to watch your hair come out in clumps and I am with the other women warriors.... get rid of it asap. Your scalp will feel tender, yes, tingly but that will go away. Hang in there gal, your hair will grow back. Take care, Sharon

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    • Evelyn Heilbrunn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Exact same thing happened to me. I agree -- shave it. You will instantly feel better.

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  • Striving to Survive Profile

    Have anyone had nausea, cavity on pickles, any type of salty/marinade food during AC therapy? I can't stand smell of kitchen, any type of perfume nor smell of meat or dairy product and I feel nausea whenever I drink water.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years 6 answers
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    • Isabel Souchet Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      Also the only thing that didnt make me I'll was banana fruit pops!

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    • shen cruces Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 3A Patient

      Some smells set me off too. I did try some aromatherapy which helped mask other sent plus kept me calm. I hated the taste of water but that was because of the acid reflux.

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  • Giselle dominguez  Profile

    My mommy starts chemo August 9 - I'm guessing this is the hard part that's coming but we are being strong for her .... Any advice?

    Asked by anonymous

    Family Member or Loved One
    over 7 years 10 answers
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    • Ana Naluh Andrade Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      - First of all, I know people care about us and they just want to be there, be helpful, and simpathyze with what we are going through. But, please, please, please, do not tell us you understand what we are feeling if you never had to go through cancer surgeries, treatments, etc. Believe me, YOU...

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      - First of all, I know people care about us and they just want to be there, be helpful, and simpathyze with what we are going through. But, please, please, please, do not tell us you understand what we are feeling if you never had to go through cancer surgeries, treatments, etc. Believe me, YOU DO NOT KNOW what we are feeling!

      - I respect all the religions, and I do not try to impose my believes on anyone. So, please, do not bring your religion to me. You can pray for me. And, please, do it! It means you care about me! And I would love to know you are doing it! But DO NOT tell me “God (does not matter which one!) does not give you more than you can handle” – so it means that if I can not handle this God is joking with me? And what about all the people who died from the same thing, it was God’s mistake? Ops, I am sorry, that is it???

      - We need friends around to help us and to keep us from feeling alone. But must be the kind of friend that will not feel bad if we do not walk them to the door, or we just fall sleep – it is good to take a nap knowing a good friend is watching over us! Loneliness is a huge bad monster after us when we are sick.

      - We need people who understand if we fall apart it is because this is freaking scary, painful, and our hormones are a big mess – we do not need anyone telling us things are going to be all right, because we know that! We just need a shoulder for a good cry!

      - Light movies! Does not matter if it is a comedy, drama, romance, action, they need to be light with happy endings – watch out not to get movies where somebody has cancer: WE DO NOT WANT TO KNOW ABOUT ANY OTHER CANCER! THE CANCER WE HAVE IS THE MOST IMPORTANT IN THE WORLD RIGHT NOW, for us! Also they need to be light because we probably will fall sleep, or could not concentrate (chemo brain!).

      - Fun, light and entertaining books – but watch out, looks like taking our boobs out has a deep relation with our ability to concentrate in a long story (chemo brain again!)! Short story books are better.

      - Cute little gifts. Cute comfortable socks, soft blanket, a soft light (not heavy) pillow so we can hug to sleep – the position is pretty uncomfortable.

      - Our favorite smoothie, coffee, cake, sandwich, chocolate…. Treats! Treats! Treats! We do not need to eat healthy while in chemo, we just need to eat, what is really hard to do! So, if we ask you for junk food, give it to us!

      - Really important is not to hear from anyone: “your cancer”. It is NOT our cancer, it is NOT my cancer! We did not buy it. We did not chose it! We did not put it there! It is an ALIEN that invaded our body!

      - REALLY IMPORTANT: do not tell us about a tea, herbs, supplements, alternative medicine, graviola leaf tea, green tea

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    • Janice Baker Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      She will be very tired and very sensitive to any smells so please don't wear cologne or cook any thing with strong odors. That was the hardest for me was the odors. Praying for you and your family!

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    If I have a invasive tubular carcinoma tumor that is 4cm, how long should I wait before surgery removal? (my doctors say they cannot do it for two weeks...I am concerned it will grow or spread elsewhere )

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 1 answer
    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      I can totally understand your concern. From what I've read....invasive tubular carcinoma tends to be low grade which means it is a slower growing cancer & two weeks is a reasonable time period to wait. I had to have chemo prior to my surgery due to my stage of cancer. I will have my mastectomy...

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      I can totally understand your concern. From what I've read....invasive tubular carcinoma tends to be low grade which means it is a slower growing cancer & two weeks is a reasonable time period to wait. I had to have chemo prior to my surgery due to my stage of cancer. I will have my mastectomy this coming Monday. That will be a period of four weeks between my last chemo and date of surgery. Here's a link that might help. http://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/types/rare_idc/tubular/. Good luck with your surgery. :)

      Diana

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