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  • All about Gertrude

    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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The TMI file


When I was diagnosed I was 45 and premenopausal.  The last period I had arrived with lovely synchronicity to coincide with the day of my second treatment cycle with taxotere and herceptin during my initial treatment in September 2008.  Yes I still remember – nothing like being hit with a double whammy of feeling totally crap. My cancer isnt hormone driven therefore I don’t have to take hormone suppressing medication.  So it was uncertain whether or not my periods would return.  I had had a discussion with a oncology consultant that was filling in for Dr H. about this time last year, where he suggested if they did not return of their own accord they could give me hormone treatment to ensure I didn’t go into menopause prematurely.  My view was that at 46 I was quite happy never to have a period agian.  Of course with Gertrude making a reappearance the point became mute. But it has always been in the back of my mind that I would not know whether I would have more periods or when they would resume.  So guess what arrives two days before my holiday to a tropical island where I want to go snorkelling etc – Just absolutely wonderful timing – not!!

and while we are on the subject of weird bodily reactions to chemo – why has this second chemo thinned the hair on my head, my eyebrows and fingerrnails etc have not recovered properly from the first lot but the couple of ‘witches’ hairs I have to pluck from underneath my chin are growing just as strong as ever -WHY????

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