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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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on a light hearted note

I met an online friend “T” today who has been travelling the same road as I through breast cancer country.  She hasn’t had Inflammatory Breast Cancer but has had another aggressive form of breast cancer that required her to have chemotherapy before surgery.  She has just had her surgery a few weeks ago.  It was lovely to meet her.  

While she was here a parcel arrived from the states – OH’s Cousin S had ordered me one of the gotcancer.org t-shirts I love.  I love these t-shirts as they let you have a sense of humour about the journey cancer takes you on.

my gotcancer.org t-shirt

my gotcancer.org t-shirt

close-up of t-shirt slogan "no they're not real (in smaller print 'my real ones tried to kill me')"

close-up of t-shirt slogan "no they're not real (in smaller print 'my real ones tried to kill me')"

As I was saying to T there is probably some company who wouldnt appreciate me wearing the t-shirt so I will pick my moments to wear it – I am also going to order myself another t-shirt from the site.

I also thought in this post I would put an updated photo of my “cancer bead” bracelet

from left to right: radiation bead, hospitisation due to infection bead,diagnosis bead (breast cancer ribbon obscured),  I heart(love) U bead (YD’s xmas present), finishing taxotere chemo bead,  surgery bead, NED result bead, trip to Australia bead and the butterfly is the last one that I have just got to signify the end of my herceptin treatment.

my cancer beads

my cancer beads

I have decided that once I have had my CT and followup oncology appointment I will get myself a “getting through first relapse scare” bead and then hopefully wont add any more to it until April next year where it will be an NED (no evidence of disease) anniversary bead

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