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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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1st vinorelbine/herceptin chemo down

Chemo yesterday went well. The vinorelbine is administered by syringe slowly into the IV line while IV saline is also going through. Then it needs to be flushed through with 500ml saline before my herceptin which is already mixed in an IV bag is put through. It only took about 1 hour and a quarter yesterday for the whole process. So on the weeks when I am just having the vinorelbine it shouldnt take much longer than 1/2 hour -3//4 hour. The herceptin will only be every third week. I am a bit frustrated that they couldnt give me next weeks appointment while I was there as it makes it hard to organise whats happening with people accompanying me if I dont know what time it is. OH has said he’s free to take me for the next few times but its just frustrating that I dont know what time of the day it is so that he can organise to go to work before or after treatment. I am not feeling too bad today – a bit queasy but definitely not as sick as when I was on the taxotere chemo. It will be interesting to see what effect this will have on my blood counts and whether or not I will feel more tired etc as my blood counts go down. With Vinorelbine being weekly I shouldnt have the big dip of my white blood cell count that I had with taxotere but it will supress it slightly along with my red cell count and with being weekly it will be more of a constant supression rather than a big dip then right back to normal. It’s hard to tell at this stage just how I will be affected. I did manage to get to YDs end of school BBQ last night althugh with feeling slightly queasy I didnt partake of the actual BBQ. I am sort of hoping that the effects will continue being minor and once I get used to them and the limitations they put on me I will be able to carry on life as normal

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