She is touched by the willingness of her co-workers to support her, and the care that she is receiving at Intermountain Medical Center.
"It means a lot to have so many of my co-workers supporting me by wearing the pink ribbons," says Kunz. "It's hard to really put into words. If you know how strict the highway patrol is about its uniform, it's amazing this was approved."
"My fellow troopers are supporting much more than just me. I know several of their wives also have breast cancer. Regardless of why or who they wear the ribbon for, this is a wonderful cause," she says. "I also have to thank the great team at the Intermountain Medical Center Breast Cancer Center. They've been great."
Kunz had her mastectomy on July 2, and began treatment at Intermountain Medical Center’s Breast Care Center, one of the leading centers in the country.
Brett Parkinson, MD, medical director of the Intermountain Medical Center Breast Care Center, says Kunz is fortunate to have felt the lump early and to get a screening mammogram.
“That quick action likely saved Kunz's life,” he says.
Many Utah women may be confused about when to get a mammogram.
In 2009 the United States Services Preventative Task Force recommended women shouldn't have regular screenings between the ages of 40 and 49. The change confused women. New research shows that women benefit from beginning screening at age 40.
"Bonnie's case really underscores the need for women to be vigilant in doing monthly self exams and having a screening mammogram once they turn 40," says Dr. Parkinson.
Before her cancer diagnosis, Kunz participated in many forms of physical activity. In addition to working on the bike-patrol squad at Salt Lake Community College, she works out, runs, and snowboards. She had also just started a cross-fit program. While at home, she spends most of her time playing with her six kids, the youngest of which is 21 months old.
"My kids definitely keep me going, but I feel like I don't have as much energy as I used to," she says. "I haven't been able to run since my surgery, and I was placed on light duty because I can't quite give 100 percent."
Despite the toll her treatment has taken, she is making great strides in the recovery process by walking.
"When I first started treatment, I could barely make it two houses down before I'd have to turn around and go home," says Kunz. "Now, I can make it around several blocks. The progress is slow, but I'm getting there."
In addition to wearing the pink ribbons, Utah Highway Patrol held a 5K run as a fundraiser for trooper Kunz, where state troopers came long distances to participate.