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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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deliberate delay

I deliberately didn’t write a blog post until now so people would get a chance to see MD’s post as I was so proud of her for writing such a beautiful piece.  And from the comments received both on here and when I shared it at Mothers with Cancer it struck a chord with a lot of other mothers, especially other mothers with cancer or with children with special needs.

I also had the dreaded end of winter/ season change usual run-in with a headcold, which laid me low for about a week.  Luckily, or unluckily it was at the beginning of my mid semester break from university so it was just a matter of resting and recuperating.

Since I have got over that head cold – I have felt a great deal more energy, less fatigue, and think that is due to me starting the Aqua aerobics.  I am only going once a week and it totally wears me out on the Tuesday night when I do it, but I have really noticed a difference in my fitness levels.  I am still terribly unfit but can do much more than I could before.  Being in the water is so beneficial and as I get fitter I think I will step it up to twice a week and then start swimming laps.

I have been a bit slack about getting onto an assignment due next week for one of my papers – being on semester break really isn’t conducive to study.

As my feet have improved quite considerably from the state they were in after our Gold Coast trip, I have tried to get out and about more.  I bought new sneakers to wear after that trip as I realised my old ones were now too wide for my foot and allowing too much movement, increasing the friction, and therefore helping to lead towards worse ‘xeloda feet’.

I did run into a woman when I was out one day who sneered as she looked me up and down, looking pointedly at my sneakers (worn with leggings and a long tunic top) but as I tweeted ‘Hey lady, I’ll swap you my chemo side-effects for your hoity-toity attitude about me wearing sneakers with my outfit’ – I’d love her to literally try to walk a mile in my shoes.  She doesn’t realise how hard that is for me at the moment.  Wearing the new sneakers is the only way I can do any reasonable amount of walking without re-blistering my feet,  they still get some burning sensations on the balls of my feet if I don’t sit and rest them every so often, but I am definitely achieving more mobility than I was.

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  1. Woohoo! you got some good shoes that keep the friction down!! I can’t believe I’ve forgotten to suggest “body glide”. Runners use it to keep blisters at bay and i put it on my feet every time i’m going to be doing much walking. It helps soooo much! So glad the water aerobics is making you feel better 😉
    YAY YOU!!!

  2. Karen G

     /  September 21, 2011

    I stop by your blog occasionally; I have a friend with IBC. So, I’m sorry if these are dumb ideas:
    First, a few years ago I took a class in Nordic walking, which uses ski-like poles for balance and mild upper body exercise. One of the class members was a long term breast cancer survivor. We all found the class to be *very* fun, and *very* low impact. It hasn’t proved very popular here in the US though. 🙂
    Also, is water walking / water aerobics a possibility? Or does the chemo prevent going to the pool?
    I realize this is different from getting out & about, running errands, etc…. but I’ve really enjoyed the low impact nature of water aerobics. Reminding myself that I need to sign up for a class again….

  3. Karen G

     /  September 21, 2011

    Now, this is embarrassing – I just noticed that you are already doing the aqua aerobics. Apparently, I just skimmed your post.
    I also saw a noticeable difference after the class I took years ago. Really, I need to sign up again. And, read more carefully. 🙂


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