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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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I read two different blogs this week that dealt with the feelings of cancer patients – one was a poem about what its like at diagnosis

This is an excerpt from Slouchy’s poem which you can find here on her blog Slouching past 40

“On x-ray
The shadow is
Unexpected —
Starker by far
Than shadows
Should be, and
Then, there,
The fear is sown,
As insidious
As the cluster
Of confused cells
That inspired it.”

Please go to her post to see the rest of it – its beautiful

The other blog I read was by someone in remission – in the States they call it NED and she was writing about how “NED’ lives with them and impacts on their lives.  You can find Clerygirl’s post  here at Mothers with Cancer

 Both of these pieces are great ways of showing both the good and the bad, the highs and the lows of being a cancer patient. 

I found out today that an aquaintence – another women with a special needs child – has been diagnosed with metastases to her bones only a few short months after original diagnosis of breast cancer and it made me reflect on these two bits of writing . 

I hope to be living with NED shortly but with the news about A today I am torn between feeling grateful and relieved mine was only a regional recurrence and the fact that my concerns about further recurrences are justifiable and real.

As I said to a mutual friend quite frankly “CANCER SUCKS @#$&%$!#$!

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