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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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thinking too much

Just had my oncology assessment appointment prior to my next chemo on Friday. They have decided to reduce my dose of Taxotere slightly so as to not make my white cell count dip quite so fast.  He warned me that I could get sick again this time round as he thinks the first infection was caused by my body’s native bacteria  etc as he said “deciding to have a bit of a party” when my white count plummetted.  Hopefully with the reduction my white cells wont dip quite so low so fast.  I am going to have to watch myself really carefully though.  They think Gertrude is responding to the chemo but say it is too early to say whether or not I will need radiation before surgery or not.  It’s made me think a little bit about the whole situation and that if they do radiation before surgery because gertrude hasnt responded enough – does that mean the end result is not going to be as positive???  All in all a bit of a downer of an appointment but I would rather know the reality than hide behind fake positivity.

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  1. Johanne

     /  October 8, 2008

    Hi Jenny,
    just a quick note to say we are thinking of you and hope things go o.k. for your next check up.


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