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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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  • vicki e Profile

    Has anyone had a Seroma appear weeks after surgery? It am 8 wks post op and thought I was all healed up and now this!

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2B Patient
    over 7 years 3 answers
    • P C Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 0 Patient

      Oh my, my answer was not finished LOL. Anyway, the Walgreens had a cold pack that was really handy. I just put it in the freezer and it was all ready for me in no time. I also bought a cool pad from Walgreens to lessen the side effects from tamoxifen *hot flashes. with my seromas, I found...

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      Oh my, my answer was not finished LOL. Anyway, the Walgreens had a cold pack that was really handy. I just put it in the freezer and it was all ready for me in no time. I also bought a cool pad from Walgreens to lessen the side effects from tamoxifen *hot flashes. with my seromas, I found keeping my arm elevated helped too. I do understand you discomfort, but know it will get better. Some surgeons do no like to drain them. My surgeon drained ony one, and only once. It really helped for only a short period of time. The cold packs helped most. Take care and know that it will get better. Hugs P.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I did not have this happen but had to go wander the internet to quell my curiosity. I found this rather straightforward explanation. It is something that --just happens--. If it were happening to me, my question would be "WHY ME?" I hope someone answers you with personal experience. For the...

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      I did not have this happen but had to go wander the internet to quell my curiosity. I found this rather straightforward explanation. It is something that --just happens--. If it were happening to me, my question would be "WHY ME?" I hope someone answers you with personal experience. For the rest of us.... here is an explanation of a seroma and why it happens. I hope this will be the last negative remnant of your surgery.
      Take care, Sharon
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      Mastectomy or surgical breast removal often leads to this abnormality. The operation is usually carried out to get rid of a malignant tumor in the breast. Seroma after breast surgery happens if the blood vessels of an area near the operated region accidentally suffer damage during surgery. The rupture of the blood cells gives rise to an inflammatory response in the body which releases blood plasma. The blood plasma is a colorless watery liquid of the blood. It usually suspends blood cells like leukocytes, thrombocytes and erythrocytes. This fluid, also known as serous liquid as it contains serum produced by the serous membranes of the body, gets accumulated as lumps under the skin. Seroma after mastectomy is a common condition.

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  • Christina Archambault Profile

    3 months post chemo u had 1 regular period ad just starts a week early for my 2nd period. Did any other girls have messed up cycle after chemo?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2B Patient
    over 7 years 5 answers
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    • Erin Timlin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Mine too. I finished in March and I have maybe had one true period. How old are you? I am 36 and my onc told me if I were 10 years older I would most certainly enter menopause, 10 years younger and I would most certainly regain a regular cycle and fertility. At my age, it's more of a crap...

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      Mine too. I finished in March and I have maybe had one true period. How old are you? I am 36 and my onc told me if I were 10 years older I would most certainly enter menopause, 10 years younger and I would most certainly regain a regular cycle and fertility. At my age, it's more of a crap shoot. I am all done having kids, and I have no symptoms of menopause, so I guess I may just have an irregular cycle for a while. Oh well...it's not the worst thing to happen! Haha!

      4 comments
    • K G Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I have only had 2 cycles since finishing in Oct 2011. Sucks doesnt it. Are you on Tamoxofin? My onc told me 1/3 have their period while on tamo, 1/3 dont, and 1/3 are irregular.

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  • vicki e Profile

    Yay I finished chemo today and am so happy to get on with my life! I have a PET scan on 9/10 and results on 9/12. Once I get the all clear I can get my port out! Thx for all the support. You are all awesome.

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2B Patient
    about 7 years 24 answers
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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2006

      Congratulations and continue to stay encourage as you have encouraged so many on this site.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I'm soooo happy for you!!! You are really brave and I respect you so much for that. Hugs jayme

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  • Elizabeth Castro Profile

    Thank you for your response. I will know the results of what type of breast cancer on wed. 02/22/12, but he did indicate that I would need chemo for precaution.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 1 answer
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Elizabeth, my oncologist said the same thing to me. Having chemotherapy reduced the chances of reoccurance by quite a bit. It turned out I did have 1 lymph node that was positive so for me it really was the correct decision. Every single breast cancer patient's treatment depends on lots of...

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      Elizabeth, my oncologist said the same thing to me. Having chemotherapy reduced the chances of reoccurance by quite a bit. It turned out I did have 1 lymph node that was positive so for me it really was the correct decision. Every single breast cancer patient's treatment depends on lots of factors. What is advised for one woman might not be right for the next. When you get your test results back, you will have a lot more information. You want to make the best decision for your future. Your oncologist will give you the percentages of reocurrance with and without chemotherapy. Once you get these test results, you can always get a second opinion from another oncologist. Hang in there, you will be ok. Keep in touch with us, we know and care what you are going through.

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