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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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Instant Weight Loss!!

When I was having chemotherapy I put on about 5.5 – 6 kgs which was an expected side effect of chemotherapy, what they dont tell you is that it is water retention that causes most of that weight gain.  I started getting very puffy feet and ankles after my last taxotere chemo session in December.  I had noticed in the last couple of weeks that the puffiness had gone down and had hopped on our scales at home, they had said I had lost a few kgs but I wasnt sure how accurate they were compared to the hospital ones.  I had been weighed at the hospital on the 13th of January and was significantly more than our home scales were showing which is why I was doubting the home scales a bit. 

I got weighed on the hospital scales yesterday the 29th  January and got the shock of my life……..they weighed me at even less than our home scales…..


I now weigh 3kgs less than I did before I started chemotherapy.

In other news my infection is slowly getting better but while I have still got a couple of weeks of radiation, the nurses at the hospital will keep reviewing it when I am in there and hopefully it will gradually disappear.  They have said that the raised “tunnel” from where the catheter was may take a couple of months to calm down completely and we just need to make sure I don’t get another infection brewing in it.

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