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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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  • Jonna Diaz Profile

    Well, I had my first chemo treatment on Thursday, 7/12/12,.

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    Stage 3A Patient
    about 7 years 4 answers
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    • Jonna Diaz Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 3A Patient

      Because of this we site I was very calm. I know everyone reacts differently but just the communication with others going through similar experiences really helped me a lot.
      I had a few very mild side effects Thursday through Friday afternoon. I wrote them all down along with the times that the...

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      Because of this we site I was very calm. I know everyone reacts differently but just the communication with others going through similar experiences really helped me a lot.
      I had a few very mild side effects Thursday through Friday afternoon. I wrote them all down along with the times that the simptims started. When I went in for my neulatsa injection, Friday afternoon, I went over them with the nurse.
      I had light chest pain Thursday afternoon and evening that came and went but it was gone by Friday morning. The nurse said that it was OK. If its was a constant pain then that would be a possible concern but that was not the case with me. The palms of my hands got hot and felt prickly. The nurse stated that the was probably from hormones in the pre-meds before the chemo administration. I also had a very light headache, it is more of a back ground thing. I still have it even today but it is very tolerable.
      I have done, I feel, very well. I have been up and about doing things around the house, example; dishes, laundry, cooking, etc. However, I am taking it easy not doing to much.
      I was told by the doctors, nurses and pharmacist that the patients that get up and move seem to do better than the ones that just sit around and stay stationary. I am taking their advise. I have even tried to do some light walking. However, I am only doing what I feel like doing and no more.
      Another lady that was getting her first treatment at the same time as me wasn't doing as well as me. I saw her when I went in for the neulasta injection, Friday afternoon, and she was having really bad headaches and neausia. So, just keep in mind that everyone is different and do only what you feel you can.
      I just pray that it doesn't get to bad. I am taking it one day at a time. I know that each day will be a new journey.

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    • Maria Torstensson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Hi Jonna! I'm just a few days behind you and will start my chemo treatments on Tuesday. It's been very good for me to read about your concerns and your reaction. I hope the reaction of the treatments want be worse for you. I still hope that I will be strong enough to work the days when I'm...

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      Hi Jonna! I'm just a few days behind you and will start my chemo treatments on Tuesday. It's been very good for me to read about your concerns and your reaction. I hope the reaction of the treatments want be worse for you. I still hope that I will be strong enough to work the days when I'm feeling well. I have been told to exercise in order to be strong in front of the treatments and I have really tried to prepare myself. I wish you all the best and take care. //Maria in Sweden

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  • Francine Williams Profile

    Is it ok to drink liquor while taking Chemo?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 2 answers
    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2006

      Hi Francine I will make this response very short. No No and No!!!!! You can drink plenty of WATER!! Your health should be your #1 priority while going through your treatment. You can also ask your oncologist his/her opinion. I would love to hear there response .
      Love and Blessings
      Your Sister...

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      Hi Francine I will make this response very short. No No and No!!!!! You can drink plenty of WATER!! Your health should be your #1 priority while going through your treatment. You can also ask your oncologist his/her opinion. I would love to hear there response .
      Love and Blessings
      Your Sister of Hope

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    • Ali S Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      My oncologist and nurse said everything in moderation. I don't drink much, but when I was feeling ok this summer, I occasionally had a glass of wine. Well, really a half glass... You should check with your docs though

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  • heather collins Profile

    I am 26 years old and in the past couple months my left breast had become noticebly bigger than the right breast and just tonight I have noticed what I believe to be a lump. should I be concerned of breast cancer?!

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 5 answers
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    • Pat Lawrence Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2005

      I found a lump very early on so was able to have it removed with radiotherapy afterwards. All clear now but only because I went to have it checked out as soon as I noticed it. Wish you luck, good chance it's nothing but don't take the chance.

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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      I agree with Anne Marie. Any chances noticed in your breast should be checked out ASAP. It could be something minor...but you never want to take that chance!

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  • Nikki De France Lucas Profile
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