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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 happy w/ my current MD team. Family is pressing for 2nd opinion- go to the Big City. This feels daunting, but I want to make sure I am getting the best path. reads/ surgery options/chemo cocktails. Any one with a similar worry or advice?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 1 Patient
    about 6 years 8 answers
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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Go with your gut feeling. It is you and your body that has to go through the treatment. At any point you can change or get a second opinion. Lean on your faith as you make these decisions.

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    • michelle j Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      I haven't gotten a second opinion for anything so far. I feel that God has pointed me in the right direction and I've felt comfortable and confident with every doctor I've chosen. Having said that, if I had any doubts I would definitely seek another opinion. If you feel good where you're at, that...

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      I haven't gotten a second opinion for anything so far. I feel that God has pointed me in the right direction and I've felt comfortable and confident with every doctor I've chosen. Having said that, if I had any doubts I would definitely seek another opinion. If you feel good where you're at, that answere s

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  • Dawn Dickinson Profile

    I was diagnosed with IDC Triple Negative Breast Cancer last week. I am having a mastectomy this week. I also have Lupus. What am I getting eady to face? I know I will have chemo and I know how hard that is on the body. Any help is appreciated.

    Asked by anonymous

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

      Hi Dawn first and foremost let me start out by saying that 99.9% of females and males that are diagnosed with any type of cancer immediately become fearful because of the unknown and that cancer is referred to as a deadly disease. However , the one thing that I learned after my diagnoses was that...

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      Hi Dawn first and foremost let me start out by saying that 99.9% of females and males that are diagnosed with any type of cancer immediately become fearful because of the unknown and that cancer is referred to as a deadly disease. However , the one thing that I learned after my diagnoses was that if I was going to beat this disease I was going to have to control it and not let it control me by staying positive and focused on what laid ahead for me. I read your profile and saw that you have an awesome support group which is something that you are blessed to have. And you will also have this site where we will always be your Sisters and Brothers of Hope. I am not knowledgable about the medical condition Lupus which you stated you had prior to being diagnosed with breast cancer therefore i can only share with you my diagnoses which does not include having lupus. However, I'm sure your medical doctor will be there to guide you with making decision to treat your breast cancer . I was 52 Years old when I was diagnosed with triple negative stage 2A grade 3 breast cancer 5 years and 6 months ago. I had a lumpectomy and the cancer did not spread to any of my lymp nodes. I was given a very aggressive treatment which consist of 4 rounds of adromyacin and cytoxin chemotherapy also referred to as A/C and the monster chemo because it is tough on your body. I then had 12 rounds of Taxol once a week which was much easier than the A/C and lastly 25 radiation treatments. After 1 year of treatments and many many medical visits and test I went back for my 1st mammogram and oops was told they saw something suspicious and was scheduling me for surgery immediately after a year of treatment I must admit that the news of another surgery was the only time I lost complete control for about 5 mins (smile) well to all the glory and praise to God it turned out to be scar tissue and I was given a clean bill of health and finally went back to work after being off for 1 year my choice since I have a very stressful job. My journey was not easy but I was determined that God chose me for a reason since there was nothing I did right or wrong to be diagnosed with breast cancer. Prior to being diagnosed I learned that the only thing I have control of of in this life is myself and as I earlier stated that I know I was chosen to makes a difference in this world and have been on a mission ever since. My life has changed for the good as I continue to support other sisters of hope and work very faithfully with organizations and sponsoring my own breast cancer awareness campaigns determined to bring awareness to people around the world and teaching them that early detection is the key and most importantly trying to reach out to the younger females who never think about giving themselves breast exams if they are younger than 4o years old because statistics say we as females should not get a mammogram until we are 40 years old and not teaching then other ways to check their breast for breast cancer prior to turning 40. Please stay encouraged, spiritual and stay focused on beating this cancer. I have learned so much about breast cancer which I also encourage you to do especially the triple negative which is one of the newer types that lots of research is being done on. I am still cancer FREE and see my oncologist yearly it started out every 3 months than every 6 months and now yearly. I do breast exams several times a week can't break that habit (smile) I have changed some eating habits more exercise and now God my family and friends which were the GREATE supports group any women could be blessed with are the number one priority in my life. Back to work daily but all the long hours more than 8 I worked previously are shorten. Living life to the fullest and excited that in 4 years I will be able to officially retire. Watch out cause my next full time drop will be a full time advocate for this disease . Well Dawn I hope that some of what I have shared will allow the fear to go away and put a big ( Smile) on your face. Always know that I like so many others on this site are here to walk by your side as you begin your journey which is only temporary and remember this to shall pass. Stay in touch with all my love and blessings as I keep you in my daily thoughts and prayers. Your sister of hope !! Zandra

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    • saphira kalhan Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I was diagnose with the same last May and have just finished treatment,every one has different side effects as yours arise post them on here where you'll get great advice and heaps of support you'll have up and down days if you just need to chat just post it some one will answer my thoughts...

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      I was diagnose with the same last May and have just finished treatment,every one has different side effects as yours arise post them on here where you'll get great advice and heaps of support you'll have up and down days if you just need to chat just post it some one will answer my thoughts are with you

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  • Donna Gray Profile

    How can you have a mammogram after saline implants? My oncologist said I would not have to have any more.

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2011
    almost 7 years 1 answer
    • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      The mammograms are done the same way for implants as with natural breast with the digital mammograms of today they can actually view the implant and the surrounding tissue. So many women have breast augmentation these days most mammogram technicians are very well trained in doing mammograms for...

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      The mammograms are done the same way for implants as with natural breast with the digital mammograms of today they can actually view the implant and the surrounding tissue. So many women have breast augmentation these days most mammogram technicians are very well trained in doing mammograms for a woman with implants

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  • Kay Brouse Profile

    Thank you, everyone, for giving me some much needed advise on getting a port. You're experiences made such a difference! Much love, my Sistahs!! =)

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2B Patient
    over 6 years 1 answer
    • julie s Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      This site is great! Helped me so much in getting through my journey!

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