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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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    No Princess Alone button

Am I capable?

I had to ask the university for a dispensation to do a ‘Michael Jackson impersonation’ for my exams that are coming up.

Due to the friction causing problems because of my chemo side-effects: redness, blisters and pain, I can’t write holding a pen for long periods of time. My oncologist has suggested putting protective tap across the fingertips that hold the pen and wearing a white cotton glove over the top to cut down on the friction to other parts of my hand so that I can withstand three hours of writing.

I didn’t want to turn up to the exam and the exam supervisors make a fuss about it so I broached the subject with my lecturers and emailed the  chief examiner to explain the situation.  They now have my details and I will carry the letter from the oncologist confirming what I have told them to the exam so there wont be any problem.

While I was discussing this with my lecturers I explained that I had walked out of one of my first semester exams due to not being able to write and that I needed to wear the glove to prevent the same happening this time and they pressed me to consider going for aeggrotat  passes if I still have difficulties with the exam.

In the first semester exams I only got a B- as my mark for that paper. and I know if I had gone for impaired performance I would have got a much higher mark.  But I decided not to.

Why,  because I need to know what I am capable of now.  I need to know what I am capable of under the influence of painkillers, suffering the side-effects of chemo, fatigue etc.  I want assignment and exam marks based on what I am actually capable of at that moment in time, not what I may or may not have been capable of, if I wasn’t sick or tired or whatever.  If my luck holds and I somehow manage to finish this degree – a four year degree which will take me another 5 years including practicums to finish,  what I need to know is whether or not I am capable of doing the job regardless of what medication, or limitations I have got.

I am not going to get special allowances for being sick, being allowed to make more mistakes than others or whatever when I am actually working in the social work field, so I need to know what I am actually capable of and get the marks I actually earned.

Its the reason I have tried to not ask for extensions for assignments too.  Do I think I have got the marks I could have got if I wasn’t in treatment? No, but they are a reflection of what I am capable of right now.  And when most of my marks have been around the A- or B+ mark I’m happy that I have tried my best regardless.


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  1. Hope all of your exams have gone well and you managed to do the writing. We sure know that you are capable of doing this degree, you’ve been an un-official social worker for years and years now!
    Hope we can catch up soon x


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