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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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Well – I’m back home again after thoroughly enjoying myself on the roadtrip that OH and I took to take the remainder of MD’s stuff to her.  I think it was just what I needed to take my mind off going back into treatment.  There were lots of times in the past week I was having so much fun I could forget all about it. 


heading down the Marleborough Sounds

OH has never been more south than the middle of the North Island so it was great to show him some of the places that I had visited as a child.  Even though we left on a long holiday weekend OH found the driving relaxing as once we got south of Cambridge, there wasn’t much traffic compared to Auckland. 


travelling down the coast of the South Island towards Kaikoura and Christchurch

 I had problems with my truncal lymphodema, spending a day driving in a car will do that to you and got a bit of pain from my affected nodes but other than that and a persistent headcold I was in good spirits for most of the trip.  We drove to Wellington spent the night then drove straight to Christchurch the next day we spent a few days visiting with MD,SB, Bro and family then headed to Akaroa for a night. 


The Giants House, Akaroa

We returned to Christchurch for 3 more nights including niece B’s lovely birthday dinner and a wonderful evening spent with my old friend A and my new friend C.  I had met A through ante-natal classes 25 years ago with our first babies but when she moved to the South Island we had lost touch over the years.  I had met C on an online forum and become friends as her brother had prostate cancer at the same time I was first diagnosed with IBC.  When I found out A’s new address and talked to C – I realised they knew each other and only lived a few miles from each other.  It was wonderful being able to meet C and have dinner with her and A, and their husbands at A’s house.

We took a day longer to come home from Christchurch breaking our journey at Picton (top of the South Island) and Tokaanu (the southern end of Lake Taupo).  Some of the scenery we saw was spectcular and the photos we took don’t do it justice, both OH and I had taken our cameras and those of you that are my friends on facebook will see a good selection of them there. 


Old University of Canterbury buildings now the Arts Centre, Christchurch


Road into Hamner Springs looking back to the bridge we had just been over


Lake Rotoiti -Nelson Lakes


Hot thermal spring at Tokaanu


peacock at Wairakei Thermal Walk

I have my Radiation Oncology appointment tomorrow which I look forward to with both eagerness and trepidation.  I am eager to start treatment and get on top of Gertrude once more, but nervous as to what they are going to say regarding treatment and ability to target only unradiated areas from before.  I also hope to get  a clearer understanding of exactly what node/s are involved.  I will write a short update on that tomorrow.  YD is coming home for the weekend for Guy Fawkes fun so hopefully I will have enough time after appointment to write a quick update as well as upload my second installment of road trip photos to Facebook.

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  1. Ceryl

     /  November 4, 2009

    It was so great to meet you in person too. It sounds
    like the road trip is something we should all do from time to time. Take care and we will catch up with you again soon.

  2. BRO

     /  November 5, 2009

    Was great to see you – just as well you don’t have to print out all your photos eh ??

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