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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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    I am breast cancer patient living at Ethiopia, Africa, and I want suppoter.

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      Hi Tsehaye, I'm so sorry to hear about your diagnosis. We are a great group of women here that have been where you are now. How long have you known? What type of breast cancer do you have? Hugs, Diana

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      Anonymous:
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      Anonymous:
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