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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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Another week down

I have had an extremely good week post-chemo and have as yet not had a phone call from the hospital – it’s Thursday morning and I must admit I wont relax until about 10am because I know that the hospital will ring before that if my blood counts are too low.  But given the way I have been feeling this week I doubt that is going to happen.  I think starting off with a much higher number of neutrophils 4.9 and total white blood cells  7.6, it has set me in good stead for them not falling as far this week and me not feeling the effects so much.  I have had a couple of flatter days and Monday I had a headache and had to have a nap in the afternoon but on the whole I havent felt as nauseous or tired this time.  As I said in my previous post I had a very active Friday followed by a fairly quite weekend , Monday was a bit of a write off but then Tuesday and Wednesday(yesterday) I have felt really good.  Tuesday I tried the fitness program on OD’s Wii, WednesdayI had a day out with YD, the second half of which OD joined us to go to the movies. 

 I have decided as far as YD is concerned I am going to be a bit selfish.  Because the chemo is weekly and I never know from 1 week to the next how I am going to feel I have told her staff that I will regularly see her on Wednesdays (day before chemo – generally feel very good) but I won’t see her during the weekend on a regular basis because I can’t guarantee how I feel then.  YD would rather be at her house if we aren’t doing something interesting and I can’t know ahead of time that I am going to feel up to doing something.  It is better to prepare her to only see me once a week and talk to me on the phone lots than disappoint her and upset  her by changing plans at the last minute because I am not feeling well.

In other news I have  my university admittance interview next Monday so hopefully after that its just a matter of picking which papers I want to start with part time in the coming semester.  If all goes well I will increase the workload to a full time course load in the second semester. 

By my calculations I have another 15 weeks of this and I have a lot of people go “That’s such a long time!” when I say I am having weekly chemo until April.  I just concentrate on getting through it one week at a time.

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  1. jenny

     /  January 13, 2010

    good luck with your uni interview

  2. Ruth Coates

     /  January 13, 2010

    Good Luck Jenny! Hope chemo and the interview all go well!


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