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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

1 sleep to go!!!!

Well here we go…. well only one more sleep… in 15 hours I will be on the operating table.  It was a bit nerve-wracking today waiting for the hospital and surgeon to call to confirm the operation was going ahead.   Bit of figurative nail biting while waiting after the surgeon’s nurse had rung to see whether or not I was all prepared, only to ring back a hour later to ask whether I had had my preoperative blood tests (which I had last Thursday) as they had not received them and that we had to make sure my blood counts were good.  I left them to sort it out but couldn’t resist ringing back later this afternoon when I hadn’t heard anything  just so I could relax and know everything was on track.  The blood test results were in and all good and everything was full steam ahead.  Huge sigh of relief. 

The other thing that suddenly came to mind this weekend when I was thinking back through the journey that Gertrude has taken me on and I realised that tomorrow it will be exactly 9 months since my breast “blew up”.  Sometimes it feels like it has been that long and more that I have been fighting Gertrude, but in other ways it seems like the time has flown.

I have been inundated by good wishes by text, comments and other means,  if Gertrude has had one good side effect it has made me realise how many people are there supporting me through this and for that I thank you all.

I was talking to B my niece that is a nurse this afternoon and we were discussing the fact that I am going to be under anaesthetic for quite a few hours.  There are a few side effects that I need to watch out for – the most common is DVT (deep vein thrombosis) I will be wearing very stylish support stockings and also injected with clexane a blood thinner to prevent this as much as possible.  I have resigned myself to being pretty non-coherent for most of tomorrow as I think it will take a while to throw off the aftereffects of that much anaesthesia.

I will be in Brightside hospital in Epsom til next Saturday but I dont know whether or not I will be able to update the blog from the hospital.  If there is anything major you need to know sooner OD will update for me otherwise I will report in full when I get back home.

Thank you all again for your support and keep sending vibes my way for a speedy and incident-free recovery.

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  1. BRO

     /  April 19, 2009

    R & I wish you all the best & will be thinking of you for the rest of the week. Sorry not to catch you on the phone but I got your text this morning.
    Good luck from your BRO

  2. ning

     /  April 19, 2009

    aww thanx for the blog mention.. and good luck 🙂 and also best wishes for in a week 2 🙂

  3. Slavica

     /  April 20, 2009

    It’s 2PM. You must be out by now.
    I am thinking of you and G. Good luck.

  4. jayne

     /  April 21, 2009

    Great to get a txt from you last night and even better to hear your voice and to know that Gertrude was off.
    I’m sure they at Brightside will be giving you the best care and with OH and family there, well we can all look on the ‘brightside’. (Like you have all along)…
    Love and hugs xx

  5. Diane dotchin

     /  April 21, 2009

    Another mountain conquered. Well done Jenny. Thinking of you lots.


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