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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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I have had an interesting last couple of days.  As I have felt much better I have gone out shopping for the last couple of days – decided I had better get started on my Christmas shopping on my good weeks otherwise Christmas will came as I am ending my 6th chemo cycle and I won’t have anything organised. 

When I have been in the supermarket  today and yesterday I have bumped into several friends/ acquaintences that hadn’t found out about “Gertrude” and who were having problems recognising me without my long hair.  So I have got used to standing in the middle of the supermarket trying to explain IBC to people.  It used to be a lot harder but I have got used to just being matter-of-fact having had to tell so many people in the last few days.  The weird thing I find about it is that to a certain extent I am less emotional about it than the people I am telling because i have already dealt with the shock (and grief) of my diagnosis where as these people are hearing it for the first time. 

Because everything has happened so fast from my diagnosis – I will probably still be telling people about in  a few months time – most of my closer friends and acquaintances that I have regular contact with know, either from direct contact with me or by word of mouth but because we have lived in the same town all our married life we have a much bigger group of friendly acquaintences that we bump into when we are doing things down town that we know through various school/activities our family has been involved in over the years.

 I have included a photo of my semi-bald look – I had the sides trimmed on Thursday evening because they were still growing and looking a little unruly.


the latest fashion hair style 🙂

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