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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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Bracelet update

I thought it would be a good time to update the picture of my ‘cancer bead bracelet’ on my blog header image but also a good time to remind myself and my blog readers what all the beads stand for

top row 'other achievements' bottom row 'cancer beads'

The bottom row have been significant events or signifying the end of  a certain treatments along my cancer journey

Bottom row: left to right: diagnosis,finishing taxotere chemo, hospitilisation for infection, finishing radiation, surgery, acheiving remission, finishing herceptin (1 year), recurrence to internal mammary node, finishing vinorelbine chemo, remission, liver metastases diagnosis (and the last bead is just a locking bead to keep them all in place)

top row: right to left: bead from YD the first Christmas I was diagnosed, trip to Cairns during 1st remission, trip to Christchurch, leaving my old job (2 beads given to me by co-workers to remember them by), finishing my first semester at uni, trip to Samoa,  Finishing my second semester of uni, having a normal Christmas, finishing my first semester this year, Dreamworld/Gold Coast trip (and another locking clip bead)

I wear this bracelet every day and both strands remind me of how far I have come in the past 3 years.  I hope to keep adding to the ‘other achievements’ beads for some time to come

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  1. Katharine

     /  August 3, 2011

    Wow, that’s fantastic to have something so tangible to remind you of how far you’ve come. Not seeing you around much at Uni – our schedules must be different this semester.


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