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    Gertrude is the name we decided to call my cancerous breast hence the title of this blog. Although I had to keep my breast through chemo and radiation due to the nature of IBC - once it 'blew up' it no longer looked like my breast and I couldn't wait to get rid of it. Calling it Gertrude was a way of seperating it from myself. This main page is where I write about the general goings on that relate to Gertrude, there is another page that are more a diary of treatments etc This blog is a public blog so although I am being very honest about my battle with Gertrude I have "changed names to protect the innocent" - because everyone can see it if you write comments on the blog pages please use the same abbreviations for other family member or friends that I do. Please feel free to ask questions if you want clarification because then other people who might have been wondering the same thing can read your question and our answers.
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    OH- Other Half (Hubby), OD- Oldest Daughter, MD- Middle Daugher, YD- Youngest Daughter, SB- soulja boi MD's fiance in the army (now ex fiance), OD's R OD's partner, BS- Breast surgeon whose initials just happen to be BS as well, BC- our GP (family doctor), Dr H- my medical oncologist, all other friends family etc will be referred to as initials etc
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appointments – arrrghhhh!!!!

Have just been to my preadmit appointment for my operation to put the portacath in on Monday.  While I was there they sent me over to the main Auckland hospital building for more bloodtests (to check whether or not my white blood cell count had come back up again from bottoming out last week).  After having the blood tests I left the hospital and came back home.  I had just got back to Papakura and I got a phone call from the oncology department asking if I was still at the hospital.  They had decided between the time I left them and the time I arrived back in Papakura that I needed another ECG done to check on my heart.  The doctor hadn’t said anything about it when I had seen him.  They wanted to give me another appointment for getting an ECG booked before I was due at the operating admissions but I couldn’t tell them when that was going to be as we were supposed to wait until 2.45 before ringing  the operation direct admisson line to get our time we had to be there for the operation.  I said I would ring them back when I knew what time my operation was.  After ringing and finding out that time was 9am – when I rang back the oncology they said because it was so early I could just get the operating people to do it before my op.   Needless to say all this needless backwards and forwards phone calls have left me a little brassed off and frustrated.  ARRRRGHHHH!!!


Tomorrow is when I get my haircut and I popped in to see the hairdressers to check everything was still all ok for tomorrow,  and had a quick word to A (the hairdresser) about how short I am going.  My hair is not falling out in big chunks yet but I am definitely “shedding” a little more than before.  I am going to go for a “number three” cut or possibly “number two” will decide which for certain when I see myself tomorrow.  I am going to be wearing hats over it anyway so it doesnt really matter if I even go to a number 1.

OD’s friend M, that gave me the bracelet, gave me another present yesterday a lovely little pink bible (yep you can get a breast cancer themed bible now!)  Its very sweet of M and it’s actually got a guide in the front of verses that will help you through the tough times.  Thank you M

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  1. Glad you like it, i liked the verses at the front too. we wanna see pics of your new hairdo!

  2. Jayne

     /  September 13, 2008

    Sounds like I missed a good party yesterday… & I really wanted to be there. Looking forward to catching up with you in person next week.
    Can’t wait to hear all the ‘extra’ news. The big dilemma is, which hat do you wear and on what day? – they are all so cool.
    Catch ya later. x


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