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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

Its official

The initial pathology results at my post-op consultation showed no evidence of cancer but my surgeon wanted a resection and recheck to make sure. I recieved the letter in the mail yesterday that I am officially NED (no evidence of disease – in remission or what ever you want to call it).

My oncologist says with these results the chances of recurrence are greatly reduced.

When I was talking to my hubby this morning after I had rung the surgeon just to clarify the way they had worded the letter – I said “the percentage chance of recurrence is now one I can live with” then I burst out laughing because I realised that was true both figuritively and literally.

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  1. JBBC

     /  May 20, 2009

    Congratulations on your results. I remember a similar feeling of elation when I received my own NED. Healing from cancer is a process and you will undergo many new feelings in the coming months as you adjust to getting back to normal. Not that I am raining on your parade here, but if you feel yourself wondering at any of these new and perhaps unexpected feelings, you are not alone. Wishing you continued health and wellness on your journey beyond breast cancer.

  2. jayne

     /  May 20, 2009

    ‘Fantastic awesome news’,- GREAT, GREAT GREAT. x


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