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    If you have popped over here from my facebook page could you please add comments in the blog rather than on the link on facebook itself. I dont want to worry YD unnecessarily Thanks. You can now use your facebook log in so you dont need to enter extra details if you like
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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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Official diagnosis

I thought I would put the official medical diagnosis.  Just for those of you with an interest in the more technical /medical stuff.


Diagnosis: Inflammatory carcinoma of the right breast with axillary and supraclavicular fossa nodal metastases (infiltrating ductal carcinoma grade 3, ER-, PR-, HER2+++).  For chemotherapy with Taxotere and Herceptin, to be followed by surgery and breast/chestwall irradiation, dependant upon response.


Diagnosis II: regional recurrence to internal mammary node classed as regional metastasis because it was new area –  developed after  initial treatment

MARCH 2011

Diagnosis III – single 4.2cm x 3.5 cm metastatic tumour   located in the area of my liver that is roughly adjacent to my right shoulder-blade – just under my diaphragm.

Now classed as Stage IV metastatic cancer

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  1. ning

     /  September 3, 2008

    hi aunty thanks for writing up ur diagnosis.. makes sense to me the health professional i am … mwhahahaha……

    thinking of u lots

  2. Kevin Horne

     /  July 23, 2012

    hi Jenny
    Woo. I must admit that i have not visited your website very regularly, and I’m feeling really bad about that now.
    Sharon told me she had seen you at the Diagnostic Clinic and i thought then I must catch up. Sharon apologies she didn’t stop to say hi, but she was there with her client who has motorneuron (spelling??) disease and she wasn’t able to stop.
    Then Mum emailed last night and asked if I had been on your site recently.
    Jenny, I must admit I am devastated by your latest news. My heart goes out to you and your family at this time. I think back to our conversation we had after Dad’s funeral and I realise that I have fallen back into ‘just living’ and not taking time for the important things in life. Our prayers are with you and if you are up to it, I would love to visit.
    I’ve now signed up to get notified of any new posts.
    love to hear from you if you are able.
    Kevin & Sharon


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