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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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Post-Gertrude Paranoia

It’s hard to let go of your own worries when your oncology doctors are more paranoid than you are!

I mentioned in my last post that I had a bit of an ache in my groin/hip area.  I had my 3 monthly scheduled oncology assessment this morning and as per their instructions I mentioned all my little niggling aches and pains.  The next thing I know I’m being told to go to the Greenlane Clinical Centre for an x-ray and that they are organising a CT scan to be done before my next followup which will be bought forward to 6 weeks time instead of another 3 months. 

 I told them I had debated whether to tell them it was sore but got told that I have to tell them everything that lasts more than a week or two. 

I really hate the fact this is what my life is going to be like for the foreseeable future (at least the next 3-4 years anyway).  The fact is that it is probably just arthritic changes given my weight and age but they have to check it to make sure it is not ‘Gertrude’ related.  If anything does show up on the xray they will get me to come back in before 6 weeks so here’s hoping no news is good news. 

OH said if it was something  – which it would be a very weird coincidence given that it is the anniversary week of both initial ‘blowup’  that lead to diagnosis and start of niggles that lead to diagnosis of recurrence – that next year he would put me in suspended animation or cryostorage until the danger period had passed.  Man you sure do have to have a sense of humour to get through these times.

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