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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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Achieving things


Following on from my very busy week last week – avoiding the need to do my University assignment by being out and about for most of the week then having a day of rest and recuperation.  I spent most of the rest of the long Easter Weekend reading, researching and writing the assignment that was due yesterday (Wednesday).

Achievement #1: I’m proud to say that for both my assignments due since the news of my metastasis were confirmed, they have been handed on time,  I haven’t needed to ask for extensions although the lecturers would probably have given me one, and I feel I have done a fairly competent job with them both as well.  I know my brain isn’t working as clearly or to the intellectual extent it used to, but then it didn’t last year either, and I managed to pass all my papers.   I am about to get my mark back for the one that was due a few days after I got the definitive news and it will be interesting to see what marks I achieved given that my mind was still darting all over the place.

Achievement #2: I finished my first two week course of Xeloda yesterday – having my last 5 pills last night.  I consider that another achievement as well.  Even though the side effects got a little more pronounced over the weekend and I was up most of Saturday night with abdominal cramps and slight diarrhea, they were still manageable.  If it remains only one night out of the fortnight that it gets so bad I can’t sleep, then that is able to be coped with.   I do recognize  that the second cycle will give me a more realistic idea of the side effects as this cycle was more of a gradual build up of the toxicity.  On a smaller note of achievement I managed to have a slight sleep in this morning and enjoy the luxury of not having to have breakfast by a certain time due to the tablet timetable.  I now have a week off before seeing Dr H again next Wednesday to get the next cycle’s worth – another 140 tablets.

Yay!! an empty box

Achievement #3: Today I submitted two short stories to be included in a collection that is going to be published as a book.  All the contributors are women with secondary (metastatic) breast cancer.  I have until the beginning of June to submit other stories, but they will probably only pick one from each contributor.  I’m quite excited about being a part of this project.  I’ll let you know when and if I am going to be a ‘published author’ as well as a blogger.

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  1. Congratulations! You have got a lot done. Best of luck for getting those marks back.

  2. Marti

     /  April 27, 2011

    You are truly an inspiration! You should be very proud of your accomplishments. Your post has helped me get out of my “IBC Blues” this morning. Thanks!

  3. Diane

     /  April 28, 2011

    Well done you!
    Love Diane

  4. Praying that the 2nd round of chemo drugs are no worse than the first and that you take time to do something nice for yourself….maybe a nice sushi lunch?!

    In other news, I wish you lived closer…I would love to spend time with you!


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