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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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  • Lisa Doheny Profile

    I am starting chemo on Thursday I'm just wondering if your bones hurt after?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 6 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Lisa,
      It is so individual for every patient. With my chemo, I felt like I had the flu for a couple of days.
      As for losing your hair, I'd count on it happening about two weeks after the first treatment. I gave myself a "buzz cut" after if first started coming out in clumps. If you feel you...

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      Lisa,
      It is so individual for every patient. With my chemo, I felt like I had the flu for a couple of days.
      As for losing your hair, I'd count on it happening about two weeks after the first treatment. I gave myself a "buzz cut" after if first started coming out in clumps. If you feel you want to wear a wig, get one now to match your hair. I never liked the feeling of a wig and wore hats. Again, it is an individual preference.
      Hang in there Lisa, the majority of us on this board have been there.... done that. We are ALL alive because of the experience. Take care, Sharon

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    • Nikol Vega Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I only had some bone pain after the neulasta shot, and once I started taxol the bone pain lasted for 2-3 days

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    After chemo my muscles are sore and my joints are tight. What can I do?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 7 answers
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    • Kathy M Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I have a similar issue and I started accupuncture which has been helpful but asked your doctor first

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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      What chemo cocktail are you on? I know muscle aches can be a side effect of Taxol. Also the Neulasta shot given during chemo can cause body aches.

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  • Kristine Fonseca Profile

    Has anyone had DIEP (using belly fat) breast reconstruction that can share their story of the surgery and recovery?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    over 6 years 8 answers
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    • dorothy harder Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I havent had my reconstruction yet but I was thinking about this procedure. Because its all your own tissue. I just am hesitant cuz it seems you are getting so chopped up. But in the long run you'll have less infections or complications--so I'm told.

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    • Erin Ely Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      My Mom had a double mastectomy with a DIEP flap repair on Feb 1st. It was a 10 hour surgery in all. She spent one night in ICU and the three nights on the regular floor. She has had very little pain, the six drains bothered her more than anything. She does fatigue easily but she is getting...

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      My Mom had a double mastectomy with a DIEP flap repair on Feb 1st. It was a 10 hour surgery in all. She spent one night in ICU and the three nights on the regular floor. She has had very little pain, the six drains bothered her more than anything. She does fatigue easily but she is getting stronger everyday. They did not have to use any muscle for the flap so she maintains her abdominal strength. Also, she has no lymphadema due to only two nodes removed during the sentinel node biopsy. At her fist post op visit, five of the six drains were removed. I encourage women to consider this surgery if given the option. Yes, the surgery is long, but she will look amazing and be cancer free when all is said and done. I am Han RN and have been very pleased with her healing and progress. If anyone has any questions, feel free to contact me.

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    Which doctors are highly rated in their practice for breast reconstruction?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 6 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Paul smith in Tampa was recommended.

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    • Traciann brundage Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      You can find out each state by a rating . Call the insurance commision office .

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