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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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    No Princess Alone button

off we go

my sparkley blue hat

my sparkley blue hat

my sparkley blue nails

my sparkley blue nails

Just a short post before we leave on our Taupo trip. 

Im feeling much better and am really looking forward to our trip away. 

Im taking daily pictures of Gertrude but sorry I’m not putting them on here.  Its something I thought about because of a question one of the oncologist consultants than looked after me in hospital asked if we had photos from before I started treatment. and i thought due to the nature of Gertrude it might be interesting to see if the chemo does make a difference.  Dr H said we should see an  improvement in the level of inflammation by this round of chemo but I’m not seeing any real improvement yet.  Its isnt getting as sore and red as it used to some days but I am also not doing very much and when I do more it is still getting quite aggravated by it.  It will be interesting to see how it copes with being more active this weekend. 

All the oncologists say they cant feel the nodes in my neck and armpit,  so at least the chemo is working on them. 

I’m wearing nail polish that matches my outfit and my hat today and I’m wearing my good jeans and high heeled ankle boots and even if I do say so myself I think I look good for a cancer patient.

Catch you on Monday when I get back

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