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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 a short post to say that my short stories that I wrote about in this post will be published in a collection of writing by members of Sweet Louise  (women with secondary/metastatic breast cancer) – it is just in the editing stage at the moment and the title is still to be confirmed but the book will be launched at the beginning of December.  I will let you know more details when I know how, and when, it will be available for purchase.

Several people have said I should turn parts of my blog into a book. What do you, my readers think – is it something I should work on?

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  1. BRO

     /  September 10, 2011

    IF, & it is a big IF, things got nasty & you were not here, a published version would be one of the best things to leave your family( of which I am proud to be part of ) !

  2. Gertrude should be published for all to read. The down to earth, truthful, factual and family dynamics has drawn us into the life of yours in many ways and other readers will relate to how the life of a person with IBC or any other form of cancer can continue to be embraced or not embraced depending on how a person chooses to with the support they get through networking, talking, writing, and family support. Go Jenny PUBLISH. Another challenge lies ahead.

  3. Sis m

     /  September 10, 2011

    I so agree with BRO

  4. It sounds like a wonderful project Jenny. The more writings from the metastatic BC community, the better I say. Congratulations!


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