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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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    What is the best way to support a loved one who has been diagnosed with breast cancer?

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      anonymous
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      Pray.

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    • Life is Good! Profile
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      Survivor since 2003

      Sorry... Hit button too soon! She is going to have to make a lot of decisions. You don't have to have all the answers but it helps her to talk about it. Be specific in offering help. Make a meal, run an errand. Ask her to join this site. We understand what she is going through. She is...

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      Sorry... Hit button too soon! She is going to have to make a lot of decisions. You don't have to have all the answers but it helps her to talk about it. Be specific in offering help. Make a meal, run an errand. Ask her to join this site. We understand what she is going through. She is lucky to have you in her life. Keep in touch!

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    Has anyone had continued discomfort with their Port. Chemo is over but it still aches and so sore. Don't know what to do to make it feel better. I want it out but Dr says I need to keep it longer? Does anyone have any suggestions?

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      Survivor since 2011

      Yes! I was told to leave it in for a month. I had it put on day 32. I needed it it did it's job but I hated the way ot felt the whole. I had a friend who kept her's for 3 years.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
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      Yes, mine also hurt much of the time. Even after I was able to get rid of it.... it is like "The gift that keeps on giving" (pain). Mine hurt, itched, and was just plain irritating for about about a year. I could not believe something that small could be such a pain. It DOES eventually...

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      Yes, mine also hurt much of the time. Even after I was able to get rid of it.... it is like "The gift that keeps on giving" (pain). Mine hurt, itched, and was just plain irritating for about about a year. I could not believe something that small could be such a pain. It DOES eventually cease. Take care, Sharon

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    How old do you have to be to see an oncologist?

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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      How old are you?

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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      It isn't about age it is about need. I needed mine onc at 58.

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    My mammogram showed a dense breast. What does that mean?

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      That means you need other diagnostic tests because mammogram does not show the cancer lesion when the breast is dense. Your next tesh should be ultrasound because it is safe, does not use radiation and not costly.
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      That means you need other diagnostic tests because mammogram does not show the cancer lesion when the breast is dense. Your next tesh should be ultrasound because it is safe, does not use radiation and not costly.
      The best quality of whole breast ultrasound is obtained by automated breast ultrasound (ABUS). You can get more information about the superiority of ABUS to mammogram by visiting the web site below
      www.vipbreastimaging.com

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