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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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  • sylvia clark Profile

    Has anyone had to take a pill for 5 years after all the chemo? And why does it feel like I am the only one? :-(

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 14 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      You are defiantly not the only one, most women I know or have heard of have to take hormone treatment for at least five years. Some of us will be on it indefinitely. You will find many, many woman on this forum that are on the same treatment. Good luck with it all.

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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Hi Sylvia, I was put on Tamoxifen about three weeks ago. I will have to be on medicine for at least five years or more.

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    If my stereotatic core biopsy results in further surgery, how much time is normal between biopsy and surgery?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 4 answers
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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      It's a matter of scheduling. If your having reconstruction, the 2 Dr's need to coordinate together. Could be a week, or a month. Prayers to you.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      It's really up to you and the schedule of your doctor.

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  • Jennifer Edgarton Profile

    Almost 7 days post AC Chemo...Dreading this week wih loss of hair. Does the extreme smells go away inbetween infusions? Emotions are high.

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2B Patient
    over 6 years 11 answers
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    • Roberta S Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      I agree with Keri it feels like you are pregnant. In every way. Lol
      Don't dread the shave. Make it fun and quick! Just tell yourself it's temporary and a small price to pay for life. That's what I do! As far as food for me the saltier and sweeter is the best one week out from chemo but as each...

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      I agree with Keri it feels like you are pregnant. In every way. Lol
      Don't dread the shave. Make it fun and quick! Just tell yourself it's temporary and a small price to pay for life. That's what I do! As far as food for me the saltier and sweeter is the best one week out from chemo but as each week goes on it gets better until the next round. Love me some Mexican but the scales hate it! Lol. Good luck girl :)

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      anonymous
      Patient

      The first couple of days after the shave were hard for me seeing my new look was scary . But now it is okay I got passéEd the hump and this is a girl that loves lots of hair .. I do wigs and find the one I got looks very real making the transition easier. I did pay for real hair trying to feel mt...

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      The first couple of days after the shave were hard for me seeing my new look was scary . But now it is okay I got passéEd the hump and this is a girl that loves lots of hair .. I do wigs and find the one I got looks very real making the transition easier. I did pay for real hair trying to feel mt best .

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  • jeany turkett Profile

    Has anyone chosen not to have reconstruction after a double mastectomy?

    Asked by anonymous

    Patient
    over 7 years 8 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Jeany,
      I had a single mastectomy and chose no reconstruction. I would choose the same if I had a double mastectomy. As Rita Jo says no one could tell you have "store-bought-ta-ta's"
      My prosthesis is silicone, and feels real. I was fitted at a specialty store so it matched my other breast. My...

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      Jeany,
      I had a single mastectomy and chose no reconstruction. I would choose the same if I had a double mastectomy. As Rita Jo says no one could tell you have "store-bought-ta-ta's"
      My prosthesis is silicone, and feels real. I was fitted at a specialty store so it matched my other breast. My husband says "It hugs just like my other breast."
      I just did not want any more surgery and certainly didn't want the months of pain of expanders. You can always have reconstruction done in the future if you choose. If you are on the fence, I would go with the prosthetics and see how you do. I am completely happy with my decision. Whatever you choose, good luck to you. Take care, Sharon

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    • Rita Jo Hayes Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      Yes I chose to not have reconstruction. I have not regretted it at all. I have a wonderful pair of proths I where when I choose to. No one can tell. I had 42DD's before, which were uncomfortable in themselves. My "new proth." Girls are 42 C's and I love them. It is such a personal choice. ...

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      Yes I chose to not have reconstruction. I have not regretted it at all. I have a wonderful pair of proths I where when I choose to. No one can tell. I had 42DD's before, which were uncomfortable in themselves. My "new proth." Girls are 42 C's and I love them. It is such a personal choice. My doc said if I changed my mind down the road, I could get the reconstruction, but I am happy with my choice. Good luck with your journey.

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