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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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Feeling Good?

The main concern this cycle has been tiredness – the more distasteful side effects have been kept at bay by judidious use of medications.  I also find I am not needing as many painkillers to keep the pain from Gertrude under control.   I can see a difference in Gertrude now – my right breast still doest look normal but it is definitely not so congested in the texture of the skin and not getting as red and swollen with exercise.

I am coming out of the low point of my chemo cycle and have managed this time not to have to go to the hospital even for a day visit.  I am hopeful to get to the end of this week without incident.  I am looking forward to about Friday when I start feeling pretty normal again and having a week where I can get out and do things more.

I have been debating a lot whether or not to do the Look Good, Feel Better workshop.  Those that know me know I am not a big cosmetics user and I am feeling surprisingly comfortable in my own skin.  I have bought a good cleanser and moisturiser that I am using every day.  And I am happy with my hats as far as covering up my semi-bald head.  It’s not that I dont care what I look like its just that:

a) I am happy in my own skin

b) the most important thing to me is coming out of this alive – everything else is secondary

I have created a little poll  just to get your feedback on this – I’ll still make up my own mind but am just interested in what people think

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  1. Jayne

     /  November 11, 2008

    Glad things are looking rosy and your always thinking ahead. I just love the ‘opinion poll’ and in the knowledge that after all the votes are in, your decision will be yours alone.
    (I voted). twice in one week.- although politics is not half as interesting…. Hugs, Jayne. x x


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