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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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going bald on top last night

going bald on top last night

This round of chemo has made me more tired than last time – the good news is that my nausea is much less than last time and being totally managed by the anti-nausea meds.  I will probably actually feel sicker tomorrow when the flu-like syptoms kick in (the aches and pains etc).  I have slept for 12 hours each night (Friday & Saturday) and also had a 2hr sleep late yesterday afternoon, so I’m sleeping about double what I normally sleep. OH and I are usually night owls but I’m definitely not at the moment.  Even sitting here having had 12 hours sleep and being woken up at 9.20am by the next door neighbours making noise,  I feel I could quite easily fall back to sleep again, but if I’m not up now for my breakfast all my meds, (antinausea, steroids and pain meds) get all out  of kilter.

My hair is definitely thinnner but I am still relatively unself-conscious about it. 

Where they put my portacath in has just got a steri strip by my neck and a couple of steristrips by my port site – will put on another pic of that when the  bruising has faded a bit more.

thinning on Wednesday

thinning on Wednesday

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  1. OS2

     /  September 20, 2008

    Wondering if you had been in touch with K in Auckland, my friends sister??
    Take care, we are thinking of you.

    OS2 A and Z

  2. hetty

     /  September 22, 2008

    Just best wishes from me. YD enjoyed the Maraitai trip very much, as she told us about it on Monday. She is doing well.


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