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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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    My cancer is stage 1, but my grade is a 3, will that change the type of treatment I will have?

    Asked by anonymous

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

      Oh SO many things are looked at for determining treatment. Many more aspects than just stage and grade.... what type of breast cancer, your age, hormone receptors, types of cells etc. those all go into your treatment plan. Cancer treatment is tailored made for each woman's diagnosis. Your...

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      Oh SO many things are looked at for determining treatment. Many more aspects than just stage and grade.... what type of breast cancer, your age, hormone receptors, types of cells etc. those all go into your treatment plan. Cancer treatment is tailored made for each woman's diagnosis. Your individual cells change your treatment from all the other women with breast cancer. Hang in there....This is a great group of women on this site and we'd love to help and support you as you are going through your treatment. Take care, Sharon

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    I've had moderately severe psoriasis on my hands since the age of 6. I am concerned abut how it will respond to chemo and radiation. Anyone had experience with this?

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    Stage 2A Patient
    about 7 years 1 answer
    • kim sosa Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had severe psoriasis on my elbows and the chemo killed all of it. I finished chemo two months ago and so far it has not come back.

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    I'm on my last 3 chemo treatments. 1 taxotere and 2 A/C. Will it get worst with each one? I really felt this 5th one bad!!!

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    about 7 years 4 answers
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    • sally park Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      You'll be amazed you'll get through it - though it may not feel that way now!

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    • cindy stephenson Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      It is cumulative. Number 6 which was the last was the worst for me.

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  • Paula Crockett Profile

    How do you deal with the waiting period. The time between when the doctor finds the lump and when you have the mammogram??

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 6 answers
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    • Evelyn Heilbrunn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I think the waiting that the docs, etc. put you through are ridiculous. The technology is in place to get you accurate answers much more quickly. Why don't they understand the stress, concern, and panic they create in their patients?

      You need to know that your concern is totally normal. At...

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      I think the waiting that the docs, etc. put you through are ridiculous. The technology is in place to get you accurate answers much more quickly. Why don't they understand the stress, concern, and panic they create in their patients?

      You need to know that your concern is totally normal. At this point there's nothing you can do about it: it's either there, or it isn't. That doesn't make it any easier, but worrying won't change what is. Just try to hang in tere until the mammo, and then you'll get your answers, Good luck.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I agree with anonymous. Please keep in mind most of these lumps and bumps turn out to be benign. Breasts are just lumpy! One of the things I do is when the bad thoughts creep into my mind I say to myself to "STOP... I won't think about this right now."
      I can assure you, the unknown is a...

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      I agree with anonymous. Please keep in mind most of these lumps and bumps turn out to be benign. Breasts are just lumpy! One of the things I do is when the bad thoughts creep into my mind I say to myself to "STOP... I won't think about this right now."
      I can assure you, the unknown is a special kind of awfulness. Remember.... most of these things are nothing. Hang in there and take care, Sharon

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