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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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  • Brenda Jackson Profile

    What should I expect on my 1st visit with my Oncologist? I know I won't be getting chemo that day, but what will I find out?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    over 6 years 4 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Brenda,

      Please record your appointment or take along a relative or friend to take notes. YOu will get a bunch of information and you won't be able to remember it all. You will review your tests results. You may get to see the percentages on a website called Adjunctive Online or something like...

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      Brenda,

      Please record your appointment or take along a relative or friend to take notes. YOu will get a bunch of information and you won't be able to remember it all. You will review your tests results. You may get to see the percentages on a website called Adjunctive Online or something like that. You will hear the pluses and minuses of treatments..... side effects etc. You will hear the type of chemo, and how many rounds you will have to have. How long your treatment will take and any post chemo hormone therapy. You will discuss your surgery in a general way but this is primarily chemo./radiation treatment. If you have questions no matter how small, ask them! I agree with Nancy, your treatment will now take off and not more waiting! You will have your plan laid out in front of you and you will probably take comfort in actually knowing what will be happening. Hang in there and take care, Sharon

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    • terri best Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      With my first appt. I met the Dr. and his nurses. We talked for a while, he examined me and then we went over my treatment options. We decided to do the Oncotype test and PET/CT scan before starting chemo. The Oncotype is being done and I haven't heard if insurance has ok'd the PET. They denied...

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      With my first appt. I met the Dr. and his nurses. We talked for a while, he examined me and then we went over my treatment options. We decided to do the Oncotype test and PET/CT scan before starting chemo. The Oncotype is being done and I haven't heard if insurance has ok'd the PET. They denied the Oncotype but its being appealed. The lab had to get my ok to do it and said I wouldn't have any out-of-pocket. Now I wait for the results.

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  • Connie Herrick Profile

    I had my first chemo treatment on 9/2/11--taxotere/cytoxan. If I lose my hair, when can I expect to see that happen?

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2011
    over 7 years 5 answers
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    • Donna Beasley Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hey Connie, all comments in reading go hand in hand with my chemo . It's been a year since my last treatment, you too will make it through this part. I use to make jokes about how much you didn't realize why you needed hair in so many areas. Well when you loose it you realize why.... Eye...

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      Hey Connie, all comments in reading go hand in hand with my chemo . It's been a year since my last treatment, you too will make it through this part. I use to make jokes about how much you didn't realize why you needed hair in so many areas. Well when you loose it you realize why.... Eye lashes..... Keep tears in N trash out... Nose....keeps the drips in your nose otherwise your setting there and it just keeps pouring out.... Under arms and legs don't have to be shaved. Yes! Funniest for last..... And don't mean to sound vulgar or unlady like.... But "Miss Kitty" starts loosing first, and when gone from that area there was no control of hitting in toilet... Almost like one of the boys everywhere! Like I said you have to make best out of this part but that laughter is truly the best medicine. Best of luck lady let me know if you need to talk or a good laugh. Donna

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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Hi Connie. I'm currently going through chemo. My oncologist told me most women will start losing their hair within two weeks of their first treatment. She was right. I began losing my hair within 13 days from my first chemo. Losing your hair is understandably upsetting but I will tell you this...

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      Hi Connie. I'm currently going through chemo. My oncologist told me most women will start losing their hair within two weeks of their first treatment. She was right. I began losing my hair within 13 days from my first chemo. Losing your hair is understandably upsetting but I will tell you this and most women will say the same.....I was so upset about the prospect of losing my hair. The fear of losing your hair is truly worse than actually having it gone. I never would have believed it...but it's true. When my hair began falling out ( my hair was really long ) I had my boyfriend give me a buzz cut. It was difficult but I felt more empowered that way. It was easier than watching it come out in clumps.

      Hugs and best wishes in your journey,

      Diana. :)

      5 comments
  • Brenda  Hawkins  Profile

    Stage 2, invasive ductal and lobule cancer, centinal node positive, 16 out of 16 axillary nodes negative, triple positive. Treatment??

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    about 7 years 1 answer
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Brenda, there are lots of online sites you can access to see what the treatment is. I had Stage 2B IDC with one positive sentinal node. Did you have a Oncotype DX test? Even if another woman has exactly the same case, there could be microscopic differences that changes your course of...

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      Brenda, there are lots of online sites you can access to see what the treatment is. I had Stage 2B IDC with one positive sentinal node. Did you have a Oncotype DX test? Even if another woman has exactly the same case, there could be microscopic differences that changes your course of treatment. Diagnostics have become down to the cell level and beyond. Your treatment will be tailor-made just for you and your type of cancer. If you don't get an answer here, it is just because someone with that type of cancer isn't reading this at the moment. There is another site called Adjuvant Online... you sign-up as a doctor, and have access. It can give you probably more information than you want. I hope somebody checks in here who can give you some personal experience with this type of breast cancer. All of us here have had our own stories of breast cancer and treatment. No matter what, we ALL support each other and we all know the paths we have walked. Don't be afraid to ask questions. If things don't pass the "gut feelings" do not hesitate to get a second opinion... or even a third. Hang in there, gal.

      2 comments
  • ma.fe liezl gumboc Profile

    What are the foods that i must avoid...I'm at stage 2...any advice?

    Asked by anonymous

    Patient
    over 7 years 1 answer
    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      That depends on your treatment. If you have chemo your blood counts will drop. This will make you more susceptible to colds, etc. There are foods you shouldn't eat during chemo treatments. Any raw meats like sushi, etc. Raw vegetables should be washed thoroughly because of bacteria risk. You have...

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      That depends on your treatment. If you have chemo your blood counts will drop. This will make you more susceptible to colds, etc. There are foods you shouldn't eat during chemo treatments. Any raw meats like sushi, etc. Raw vegetables should be washed thoroughly because of bacteria risk. You have to be careful eating food at buffets, deli meat, and no soft cheeses such as blue cheese.

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