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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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Once more into the fray dear friends


as Henry the IVth would say!!

Chemo starts tomorrow – ends ….who  knows when!

OH accompanied me to my oncology assessment yesterday, before my first chemo tomorrow.  We saw Dr H, my head oncologist and discussed the plans

I am definitely starting on the vinorelbine(navelbine) /herceptin combo.  the plan is that I will have the vinorelbine(navelbine) intravenously every week and the herceptin added every three weeks.  so its a bit of a pain going up to the hospital every week but it should only be for a short time each week.  He says the side effects should be a lot milder than the taxotere.  We discussed the trial and he said they might not start me on the trial as soon as it starts if the V/H combo is working.  They would rather keep me on the V/H if it is working and swap to the trial or some other drugs if I start showing more progression on V/H.  this means I could be on the V/H for quite a long time.  As long as the side effects are as slight as he says I figure I will still be able to do my Uni studies etc and continue with treatment at the same time. 

Yesterday’s appointment unfortunately did confirm that they think I am likely to continue to have recurrences and that is why the V/H treatment will continue as long as possible.  Dr H said between that and other treatments we can hopefully control progression(cancer spreading) for quite a long time but he also said that there are no guarantees how long it will work for.  This was sobering news for OH and I and in some ways I think it was harder on OH.  After my little rollercoaster ride of a couple of weeks ago my mood is surprising good.  I think I needed that week to recognise and deal with my feelings and now my mood is more the “ok lets get on with it again”

I have a bone scan booked for the 16th December so hopefully at my next assessment appointment in 3 weeks time I will hopefully get the all clear from that.

I will post again either tomorrow or Friday to let you know how treatment went

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