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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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    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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Just so you don’t think I have just been sitting around moping the last two weeks after the last two posts, I thought I would do a quick blog post before getting going on errands and assignments.

Even with the chemo side effects, I have managed to get to Uni every day that I should, I’ve got my assignments all in on time, including working with a group for a ‘Law and the State in Social Work’ in which I took on the task of formatting and finalising the final submission, as well as doing my analysis of an individual Act.  I chose the easier Act as I didn’t know for sure how the chemo would effect me and wanted to make sure I could be a constructive and useful part of the group never-the-less.  So that is why I volunteered to do the wrap up work, also it’s something I have done for years, desktop publishing of newsletters and other things has meant I am good at getting the formatting done fast and making sure it looks good and is cohesive. 

In regards to Uni also, even though studying and assignments wear me out more,  I have kept achieving the sort of marks I can be very proud of.  So far an ‘A-‘ and an ‘A+’ in the two assignments I’ve got back and consistent high marks in the weekly quizzes in our ‘Law’ paper.  So I’m feeling like I am really achieving something other  than ‘just’ being a ‘cancer patient’.

I ‘may’ have spent some time on facebook as well.  (Guilty admission – getting slightly addicted to a new ‘hidden object’ game)

I’ve gone out and about doing other activities too.  The latest of which  was a ‘date night’ to the movies with OH to see ‘ Source Code’.  Very good movie and I can recommend watching it if you liked ‘Inception’.

Sometimes what I write here will make out that my life is much more miserable than it actually is.  That is partly because I use this blog to process things so that when I go out into the world I can do so with a smile on my face and a spring in my step.  Which is what I will be doing as soon as I’ve published this post.  😀

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  1. Yay for you! That’s great that you are getting fab results for all of your hard work. 🙂

  2. let me guess…gardens of time?? 🙂
    glad you’re doing well and using this to get it all out! i’m not writing the way i should be. i’m just not feeling it. Great job on your grades too! Wow!


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