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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 last chemo treatment was end of April. I am still dealing with nausea! Anyone else have this? I thought it might be the radiation but I finished that in late June.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 6 years 2 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Have you told your doctor(s) about it?

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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Are you sleeping and eating okay ?? Taking other meds ?? I would call your docs ...

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    Why am I getting sharp pains in my feet two months out of chemo? Is this normal?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 3 answers
    • Erin Timlin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Did you have taxol? That caused me some bad body aches especially in my legs and feet. Mine all subsided but I did hear about pain sometimes lasting for a while after treatment.

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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I've been finished with chemo since March 15 and I still have some joint pain, especially in my hips and knees. I received Taxotere, which didn't treat me very nicely during my entire course of chemo. So I'm not surprised I'm having these lingering effects. My hands and feet also give me...

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      I've been finished with chemo since March 15 and I still have some joint pain, especially in my hips and knees. I received Taxotere, which didn't treat me very nicely during my entire course of chemo. So I'm not surprised I'm having these lingering effects. My hands and feet also give me occasional trouble, with swelling and joint pain.
      I'm told this is fairly typical and that the ship will right itself after about 6 months. Your body has essentially been poisoned and traumatized for quite a while -- give it a little bit of time to get over the experience. Best of luck!

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  • Patricia Carnell Profile

    Are there topical treatments to help with the burn from radiation. I was just diagnosed with Stage 0 dcis and had lumpectomy on Friday last week, surgeon is supposed to set up radiation with an oncologist soon

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 12 answers
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Hi Patricia, my radiologist gave me Aquaphor. I didn't need it until my second week. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. I'm very fair but tolerated my 16 shots pretty well. Make a list of questions and don't be afraid to ask. Be sure to point out any concerns with your skin to the rad-techs....

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      Hi Patricia, my radiologist gave me Aquaphor. I didn't need it until my second week. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. I'm very fair but tolerated my 16 shots pretty well. Make a list of questions and don't be afraid to ask. Be sure to point out any concerns with your skin to the rad-techs. They'll help you when you need to see the radiologist . Mine were fabulous . My chest became an open book for all to read and I wanted it read WELL. :-D

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    • Doreen Finley Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Can I please just say that I don't even have my full diagnosis or really any understanding of what's going on yet. I'm overwhelmed and scared. I know my breast cancer has spread to several areas. This week I began radiation on lesions of my brain. I believe they are still getting tests...

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      Can I please just say that I don't even have my full diagnosis or really any understanding of what's going on yet. I'm overwhelmed and scared. I know my breast cancer has spread to several areas. This week I began radiation on lesions of my brain. I believe they are still getting tests results and planning treatment. However, my radiation techs and nurses have been amazing. They told me of this app. I signed up and browsed questions and FOUND answers. You are all wonderful and I cannot believe how much better I feel in 2 days. Should have dr appt Monday. Already have my list of questions. Today I'm going out o get some creams that were suggested. Just wanted to share my gratitude already Thank you - dor

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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 7 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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