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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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    No Princess Alone button

The best laid plans…

go awry. Mum has been hospitalised with another portacath infection this week (went in for radiation simulation on Tues and they didn’t let her come home) and while it threw a spanner in our festivities, we were pleased to have her home on a Christmas Lunch pass, even if it meant she got to skive off before the clean up. We hope to get her home either Saturday or Sunday and we’ll look at doing our big family Christmas thing then 😀 She’ll also do a big post on the experience when she returns.
– Yours in weary happiness, OD.

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  1. jayne

     /  December 25, 2008

    ….and you also have your mums great SOH, I love it, yes fingers and toes crossed she is out of hospital today for the whole day and beyond.
    It will be a great day for it and on the positive note you’ll have more people to clean up after…
    To you and all your family have a great day and eat heaps.
    “Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true”- Leon Suenes.
    (Don’t know how this fits but I like the sound of it anyway!)

  2. jenny

     /  December 26, 2008

    Hi Jenny and family

    Merry Christmas x x

    Happy Birthday for the 31st x o x

    Happy New Year

    We are coming up to see you 10th January.
    Any chance of staying one night at your house?

    Lots of love
    from the Bradleys


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