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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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    No Princess Alone button

I have time!


I got the good news today that I am definitely in remission.  The node has shrunk and there is no other sign of metastatic cancer.  It is such a feeling of relief to know that for a while at least my life can return to something like normal.  I will still be carrying on with the Herceptin but the side effects of the Vinorelbine(Navelbine) should soon fade.  The other good news is that my echocardiogram of my heart showed really good heart function LVEF which means the herceptin hasn’t affected my heart even though I’ve been on it for over a year and a half with only 4 months off.

I didnt get to see Dr H today -just one of his registrars but the plan is that they will schedule me for 3weekly herceptin and see me in 3 months time unless anything worries me before then.  I will probably have a CT scan at the 6 month mark just to be sure that nothing is growing even if I’ve had no symptoms.  This means I can get on with planning my July trip to Samoa and being able to feel more well and concentrate better at Uni

my cancer bead bracelet and other special beads bracelet

I bought my next milestone cancer bead to commemorate finishing my vinorelbine and achieving remission.  Michael Hill Jewellers have put out a watch bead that can be threaded onto the charm bracelet and that is what I got for this milestone.  I thought it reflects perfectly the fact that being in remission means that I have got time to do the things I want in life.  I hope that I have enough time that my other bracelet gets more beads on it than the cancer bead one.

I will keep on writing Get out Gertrude posts like I did the last time I was in remission just so you get to see how Im adjusting to ‘normal’ life again.  I think I am in a better headspace this time around as OH described his thoughts on it this morning as “Que sera,sera” – “what ever will be,will be” and thats how I feel too.  There is no guarantee that the cancer wont come back again – in fact its more likely to than not having had one recurrence already but I will deal with it if or when it happens and try not to stress too much in between times.  I am still classed as being in active treatment because of the ongoing herceptin treatments every three weeks and I will have to time holidays etc round that but other than that -life is going to be good!!!

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  1. BRO

     /  May 3, 2010

    Thats really good eh ??

    See you Queens Birthday !!

  2. Cheryl

     /  May 3, 2010

    All I can say is Woooohoooo!

  3. Lawrence

     /  May 5, 2010

    Great news, love from me and the boys


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