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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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    Since starting chemo treatment, my mom has been unbearable. Everything frustrates her to the point that she starts arguments. She pushes everyone away and doesn't respond to kind words, love or attention. When or will this ever end?

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    over 8 years 4 answers
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      I'm sorry to hear about your Mom. Having cancer is devastating not just for the patient but is hard on their family as well. I was diagnosed in May and I've gone through a wide range of emotions. I think the mental toll has been harder than the physical part. Shock, anger (why me), feeling...

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      I'm sorry to hear about your Mom. Having cancer is devastating not just for the patient but is hard on their family as well. I was diagnosed in May and I've gone through a wide range of emotions. I think the mental toll has been harder than the physical part. Shock, anger (why me), feeling helpless, afraid, & so much more. Is your Mom going to a support group or any type of counciling? It can make a world of difference just to be able to talk to someone else that can relate to what we're going through. That's been in our shoes. Depression is very common among cancer patients as well and she may need something to get her over the "hump". Breastcancer.org is a very good website that has discussion boards for women with breast cancer. You can also contact The American Cancer Society for resources such as support groups in her area. I know it's hard but try to be patient with your Mom and I pray that you'll both get through this trying time. Hugs and best wishes, Diana

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    • Surf  Momma Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Having someone tell you that you have cancer is the worst news that you could hear. Love your mom through this She feels awful on the inside and out. This will get better for everyone ....eventually. Trust me-spoken from a survivor

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  • Julie Dalton Profile

    If I opt for a Mastectomy how likely is it that they will 'catch it all' and for it not to have spread anywhere else before they operate?

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 9 years 3 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      At the time of surgery, the doctors will look at your lymph nodes. If they come back positive, cancer has spread.

      I am 2 weeks out of having had a bilateral mastectomy.

      Good luck

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    • M Aycock Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Good chance! Let them do both- I did and I'm 3 yrs out!!

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  • Brooklyn Bowling Profile

    What should you do to figure out if you have breast cancer?

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 9 years 1 answer
    • Alice Eisele Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      The first step would be to see your doctor. They will examine the breast to see if there are any palpable lumps. The next step would normally be a mamogram, followed by an ultrasound. Sometimes, in young women, the doctor will bypass the mamogram and go right to the ultrasound. A biopsy will...

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      The first step would be to see your doctor. They will examine the breast to see if there are any palpable lumps. The next step would normally be a mamogram, followed by an ultrasound. Sometimes, in young women, the doctor will bypass the mamogram and go right to the ultrasound. A biopsy will only be ordered if there is some kind of suspicouse mass.

      By all means see your doctor as soon as possible when there is any question.

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  • Janice Baker Profile

    Finished chemo, surgery and radiation. I'm having lots of problems with my expanders on the side I was radiated. Is this normal?

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 9 years 1 answer
    • Tricia Hensey Profile
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      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I'm having a difficult time getting my incision to heal in the area that was radiated. My plastic surgeon tells me that it is not uncommon.

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