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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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  • Carla Villa Profile

    I have my first chemo this coming Thursday, I will have a long weekend but plan on returning to work. Does anyone else work through their chemo?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 8 years 8 answers
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    • dorothy harder Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      If you are on the adramicin cytoxin,just as the first commenter, I gave myself 3 days to feel better. I would recommend working because it I

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    • Tiffani Warila Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hi Carla, do you know what drugs you will be on? I had my chemo treatments every other thursday. With my adriamycin/cytoxin treatments I took thursday(treatment day) and Friday off. I then had the weekend as well to start to feel better. I was well enough come Monday to go back to work - I...

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      Hi Carla, do you know what drugs you will be on? I had my chemo treatments every other thursday. With my adriamycin/cytoxin treatments I took thursday(treatment day) and Friday off. I then had the weekend as well to start to feel better. I was well enough come Monday to go back to work - I felt probably 75% better. It took until about Wednesday to feel almost 100%. With taxol I took the same days off, although I could have gone to work on Friday if I had to- taxol was not nearly as hard on my system. Everyone handles treatments differently, but if you stay on top of the nausea using your meds - zofran, etc- you will feeling better. I wish you the best!

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  • Ali S Profile

    How long after chemo until my period returns? (and the hot flashes go away)

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2011
    about 8 years 3 answers
    • Natalie Grant Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Everybody is different. I was diagnosed at 29 and had my last chemo on jan31 this year and it has not return yet.

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    • Karrie Cameron Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      I have not started chemo yet, but my doctor told me I may never have one again. For me, it's not a big deal. I have my children.

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  • Bonnie Irwin Profile

    Has anyone else have painful stomach cramps with Taxol? The pain feels more like menstrual cramps that don't go away. If so, what gave you relief?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 4 answers
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    • Joyce Brickley Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      I used to have terrible stomach pain for several months with Taxol drugs in my lower ab. I finally got it under control by taking Culturelle everyday. It is a probiotic. God bless you. I pray that you will soon have relief. It did take a week or more for the Culturelle to build up in my system...

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      I used to have terrible stomach pain for several months with Taxol drugs in my lower ab. I finally got it under control by taking Culturelle everyday. It is a probiotic. God bless you. I pray that you will soon have relief. It did take a week or more for the Culturelle to build up in my system and start relieving the pain. My prayers are with you Kim.

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    • Shannon Cates Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I have had bad stomach pain as well. I take Ranitidine to help the pain, but it really has not helped much. The pain subsides a little bit when I get the steroids.

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  • Megan Smith Profile

    My mother is having a double mastectomy. Post surgery, what are the advantages of her doing genetic testing? Thanks!

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 3 answers
    • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      Hi Megan genetic testing for the BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 are used post surgery as a further test to determine the treatment course. A positive result tells you that you carry the breast cancer gene the doctor might want to be more aggressive with her treatment and maybe suggesting removal of her...

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      Hi Megan genetic testing for the BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 are used post surgery as a further test to determine the treatment course. A positive result tells you that you carry the breast cancer gene the doctor might want to be more aggressive with her treatment and maybe suggesting removal of her ovaries. A positive results will also help the family members male and female siblings and children get better monitoring and screening like earlier mammograms then age 50 or blood test and ultra sounds to screen for ovarian, prostrate and testicular cancers A negative results says that one doesn't carry the breast cancer gene but they are only testing two genes there maybe more that they are unable to test at this time. A positive or negative result does not mean you will or will not get cancer. It is just saying the gene is or is not present.

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    • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      There are laws out there to protect you after positive gene testing. If you are having problems contact civil right lawyers in your state. You can google there. Site and in Hawaii there is a link for free help

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