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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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No liver involvement. YAHOOO!!!

This was the good news I recieved at my oncologist assessment – wow, what a relief.  The results from the latest CT scan  show the spot on my liver wasn’t cancerous.

So that means that at the moment Gertrude hasn’t sit up house anywhere else and is confined to my breast area and my collarbone.  The other good news I got are the cancer markers that are floating around in my blood are going down.

Other thing that happened yesterday is we visited the travel agent who is organising my trip I won.  We managed to organise that we would go at the end of June which should give me enough recuperation time after surgery.  I will discuss time frames with the breast surgeon when I see her a few days before Christmas and confirm arrangements for the holiday.

 As I was saying to some people while I was at YD’s school end of year prizegiving and BBQ this evening,  winning this prize has given me a focus for when things get bad over the next few months with radiation and surgery.

I picked up my ham for Christmas this afternoon – I get really nice ones from a factory shop.  I picked up another one to put in the freezer which we will pull out just before I have my surgery so that makes for easy meals.

I have been making good use of my time this week before my chemo tomorrow.  I am pretty well organised for Christmas.  Few little things to do.  

I am really looking forward to this being my last taxotere chemo and having all those side effects stop.  I have got used to being semibald so its going to be weird when my hair grows back.  I had a quick trim and tidy of my remaining hairs tonight when OH and YD had their usual 6 weekly haircut.

I am going to carry on with herceptin for the year,  so will be going up to the hospital for that every three weeks until at least August.  I am so pleased that Herceptin is funded for more than just stage 4 metastatic breast cancer.

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  1. Shona Williams

     /  December 15, 2008

    I am so glad to read that the CT scan was clear. I am one of OH’s cousins – live in Nth America….. if there is anything that you need from over here that you are having trouble sourcing let me know & I’ll see what I can do. Otherwise thinking of you all – have a loving Xmas.

  2. Slave

     /  December 16, 2008

    Hi there,
    I am so happy for you. It’s great news that the CT was good.
    Keep fighting!! And have a great Xmas.
    PS. OH told me all about trip you won.


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