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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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I wear the first  lines of the serenity prayer on a bracelet I got from thebreastcancersite.com

my serenity bracelet

Grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
the Courage to change the things I can
and the Wisdom to know the difference.

This is how I live my life from day to day and the bracelet is a great way to remind myself.  It’s been coming up a lot in conversations I have been having with people.  The other day I found the whole prayer and I thought I would share it with you too as it is definitely the way to serenity and acceptance of what life throws at you.

Grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
the Courage to change the things I can
and the Wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardship as the pathway to peace.

Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it.

Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will;

That I may be reasonably happy in this life,
and supremely happy with Him forever in the next.

With OD moving out last weekend, life will definitely be quieter, perhaps more serene at our house.  Although it has been happening gradually for the past few years this is the first time that all three girls have officially moved out.  Up until now we have always had one of them at home at least.  This last week has not been serene as with OD’s move it gave us an opportunity to change some things around and create myself a little study space in one of the bedrooms.  It has been an opportunity to go through a lot of stuff we have been hoarding and get rid of stuff we don’t need and get more organised with the stuff we do want to keep. M has been helping me and making sure I don’t overdo.  There is still work to do but at least now I have got a fairly organised study space which will make University study more serene, less stressful.

I have orientation for University tomorrow and Friday and classes start properly next week.  I am glad this week has been a non-chemo week as it means my first classes I am not dealing with the effects of having had chemo.  It means I am a bit more switched on.  I have already got some of the required reading for two of my classes so I guess that is what I will be doing this weekend.  Its also OD’s 25th birthday on Monday so we are having lunch with her and R at their new house on Sunday – it will be an opportunity for YD to see their house for the first time.



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