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    If you have popped over here from my facebook page could you please add comments in the blog rather than on the link on facebook itself. I dont want to worry YD unnecessarily Thanks. You can now use your facebook log in so you dont need to enter extra details if you like
  • 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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What I really did next.

In my last post on my real life ‘Achieving things’ I said I was just about to get my mark back from an assignment I wrote two days after my oncologists visit where we discussed the fact ‘Gertrude’ was back and what that meant in the way of a plan, prognosis etc. 

My mind was going all over the place, and I also took a risk on what I chose to analyse as my subject matter for showing my understanding of applying family theories to a particular family.  We could do any TV or Movie family ….and I chose the family relationships in the ‘Shrek’ movies. “WHAT!!!” I hear you say. I had been worried that the lecturers would think I was being a bit sarcastic or jokey about the assignment and not taking it seriously, but as my marking lecturer said ‘this paper evidences a strong application of theory to the specific family – a key learning outcome of this assignment’, which means they took it the way I intended them to. And I got a good mark …  A- … I am pretty rapt with that mark, it could have been a lot worse.

I also achieved a lot this last weekend. I stayed up late to watch ‘THAT’ wedding on Friday night.  I had a meeting with the woman who is taking over the AFS newsletter, and handed it over to her on Saturday afternoon.  Saturday night I had a ‘date with MD, going with her to support her BFF, in the Miss World New Zealand contest.  Another very late night.   I then had to get up early for a ‘date’ with OD and niece S, and when I got home from that I then took YD out to the movies, meeting up with my Uni friend AW and her boy M,  to see ‘Hop’.  A very busy, tiring weekend but a very enjoyable one. 

Now the countdown begins to my 2nd chemo cycle.  I see my oncologist on Wednesday and as long as every thing checks out, I should be starting the same regime of tablets all over again on Thursday.

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