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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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Dancing in limbo

‘Dancing in limbo’ is the name of the book I am reading at the moment – subtitle ‘making sense of life after cancer’.  In one of the very first chapters it addresses the ‘high’ or the ‘unusual calm ‘ during treatment and the subsequent crash that may follow.  I read this book and recognise myself so much in its pages. 

Dancing in limbo is also the state of my life at the moment – I am waiting on a CT scan appointment  and the subsequent all clear from my oncologists before I can do the Cancer Society ‘moving forward’ course.  I am also wanting to book a trip to Christchurch to see MD and take YD with me for her first plane ride but I can’ t make the bookings before I get the appointment for the CT scan.  I already know that my follow-up oncologist visit will be the 6th October. My scan is supposed to be sometime in the next couple of weeks but as yet I have no appointment.  I was hoping to go to Christchurch between the scan and the followup appointment. The public health system is weird in NZ that my cancer treatment is funded at Auckland Hospital but my CT scan is funded through Middlemore Hospital so my oncologist had to refer me there for my scan

While I was writing this post I decided to take the bull by the horns and ring Middlemore to see if my scan had been scheduled yet. It has been but not until 15th September – you’ve gotta love their interpretation of first week of September LOL  which means I can now get on with the bookings for Christchurch Yay!!!

I have been working quite a lot the last couple of weeks just filling in for people while they are away.  The repetitive movement of using the lotto terminals is not helping my ‘niggles’ and I am unsure of whether I can return to a more fulltime position there.  I am not looking at making any decisions about that til next year.  The rest of this year is going to be more about my general health, fitness and well being.  I have a couple more sessions with the Cancer Society counsellor planned as part of my mental wellbeing plan.

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