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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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Thought I would do a quick post tonight before my next chemo tomorrow morning.  After having a bit of a down day yesterday – I was back to my usual more positive self today.  I am actually surprised that I don’t have more of them – down days that is,  so I will let myself have the odd one here and there. 

I have been given a lot of little get well gifts and I want to especially want to acknowledge the care package sent by my bro and his family, the necklace from our friends J &M in Germany, and the hat I received today from my friend R that was visiting from Adelaide.

Hat from R

Hat from R

I also bought myself a present today; I have decided to start a “pandora” charm bracelet. Just like the child cancer ads where they tell you that kids get a bead for each invasive procedure they have, I will buy myself a new charm bead when I reach the end of a course of treatment.  So I will buy my next bead at the end of these rounds of chemo then another when I finish radiation then when I have surgery etc.  The first bead I bought is a little silver with pink stones version of the breast cancer pink ribbon.

charm bracelet with first charm

charm bracelet with first charm

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