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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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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas Everyone!!

our Christmas tree

We had a smaller immediate family Christmas Day yesterday with OH, myself OD, MD, YD, OD’s R, MD’s boyfriend A, and our ‘French daughter’ (our AFS exchange student from 2006 ) C.  So our smaller family Christmas was bigger than it usually is. 🙂 This included bacon sandwiches for breakfast and  a more formal sitdown dinner in the early afternoon.

We have an extended family get together this afternoon/ evening with Sis M and her family, R’s family, and Niece S’s in laws as well.  This is more informal, with everyone bringing some Christmas dinner leftovers and is a very relaxed time.

I could have dwelt on the fact that this year I am metastatic and we dont know how many more Christmases I have got but  C and another exchange student N both arrived on the 20th of December.  (N is staying with her host family but visiting us often – just the same as it was when she was here in 2006.) N dropped in to see us last evening as well to exchange presents.

With C and N arriving so close to Christmas – C is staying with us until the end of July 2012 – It has added a new dimension to our Christmas preparation and celebration and has been exciting for us all.  I have chosen to concentrate on these and the other more positive aspects of Christmas instead of feeling down at all.

YD is home for a few days over Christmas as well so we are fairly busy.

Although it is not necessarily good for my health, I did not have my chemo that was due on Thursday because my neutrophil and white blood cell count was too low.  But the upside of that was that I have not had to deal with the side effects – nausea and suchlike – for the Christmas period.  So it is quite a positive thing in my book

I hope everyone else has had a good Christmas too

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