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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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The rest of October

This is more of a journal entry of the things I did in October.  A month ago I wrote that I felt like I was juggling a lot of balls in the air and that feeling hasn’t changed.  I managed to get all my assignments done although I don’t feel I did them well and the first mark from them that I got back yesterday (a B-) shows that I have been not quite on top of my game.  However I said at the beginning of the year my goal was to just pass the papers this year even if I only got a ‘C’ so I am not going to beat myself up about it.

The lethargy I have been feeling since the middle of September is still there and I am struggling with study for my exams next week.  I also have an echocardiogram for my heart function next week, and I can’t help wondering whether the lethargy is related to that.

I managed to both do my assignments and take part in the Breast Cancer Action Month activities that I wanted to.  I surprised myself by managing the 5km Dove Pink Star Walk around the domain quite well and even managing to walk the couple of kilometres back to the car afterwards.

Dove Pink Star Walk

I helped with the WIMA Ride, selling raffle tickets and other behind the scenes organisation on the day

Over 500 bikes with pink ribbons at the start of the WIMA ride


And MD and Halo (her dog) helped me with a 3-4 hr shift with the Pink Ribbon Street Appeal

Even the dog wore pink for the Pink Ribbon appeal

Oh well I had better get back to study LOL

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  1. Hello IBC warrior sister!

    I have a cancer support website that I began recently, and I am compiling a virtual room full of survivors. I am hoping that women who are newly diagnosed can enter that room and take heart because there are so many there! We are few alone, but many together, and it takes great strength to face Gertrude!

    I am technologically challenged, so I haven’t figured out my web mail account yet, but there is a “send me an e-mail” page on my site.

    And don’t worry overmuch about the fatigue…it would be strange if you weren’t tired! 8 months of continuous treatment (been there) has to leave you exhausted. It takes awhile to come back, but you will.

    I’m so glad you’re here, telling your story.

    We’re stronger together!

    Elizabeth, IBC survivor

  2. oops, forgot to ask if you and your other friends would join the IBC Victory Room!



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