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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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In the pink – part III – Busy

I have thrown myself into breast cancer awareness month and I am glad I have this to keep me busy while waiting for appointments etc I did the Pink Ribbon Day street appeal at Drury on Friday and helped out at the WIMA ride on Sunday – hundreds of bikes with Pink ribbons drove through Central Auckland. I helped out at the beginning and the end but next year they have said I can go pillion -passenger on one of the bikes for the actual ride itself. I’m quite looking forward to that.

Pink Ribbon Day

Pink Ribbon Day

hundreds of bikes lined up for the WIMA ride

hundreds of bikes lined up for the WIMA ride


my pink ribbon hat with WIMA badge

my pink ribbon hat with WIMA badge

WIMA stands for Women’s International Motorcycling Association but a lot of men took part as well

Last night I went to the local breast cancer support meeting – it was a fun night with a guest showing us how to make homemade Christmas cards with stamps and ribbons.

This afternoon I am getting my hair dyed as I’ve got sick of the grey streak thats stares back at me when I look in the mirror – while not quite going pink for this month my colour choice is a bit out there – I  won’t tell you what it is until I see how it turns out – as I’ve been saying to people with going back into treatment Its time to get my battle colours on LOL

We are doing the Pink Dove Star Walk on Saturday night – hopefully the weathers good.  I’m designing wings for the girls and t-shirts for the guys on “Get Out Gertrude”  team – there are 7 of us

I’ll let every one know when I know about treatment etc – hopefully that won’t take too long

Part IV coming shortly ….

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