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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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Plans change

I had my first consult with the radiation oncologist today. After discussion and an exam, the decision was made that I would do radiation before surgery. So now the plan is that after my chemo next Friday there will be 4 weeks of recovery time , with a consult with breast surgeon (looks like I am going back to my private breast clinic for surgery) on the 22nd December and a mapping consultation with the radiologist sometime between now and the middle of January. Then my radiation will start middle of January for 5 -6 weeks 5 days a week (Get weekends off) Then there will be another recovery time then surgery. Radiation before hand does mean the integrity of my skin will be worse for healing after surgery, but its the best chance of me beating Gertrude. Good news is that at least to start with I will be able to take myself to radiation appointments I will get a cumulative sunburn which may get pretty painful towards the end. I may need OH and others to take me to the latter appointments depending on how sore it becomes to drive myself.
I have been a bit on edge with the uncertainty of what was happening next but feel much happier now we have got more of a plan.

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  1. jayne

     /  December 4, 2008

    Well hello again,
    I knew December would be your busy month but didn’t realise just how much so.
    Hang in there girl, keep being positive and strong. Your family and friends are with you all the way.
    (Even the ‘telemarketers’ are, -they just don’t realise it!).
    Hey, and don’t forget to put your feet up occassionally – your’ve earned it.
    Hugs… Jayne.

  2. Jenny

     /  December 10, 2008

    We will be up your way about 10-11 January. Hopefully we can catch up with you. LUV Jenny


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