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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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just letting you all know Im still waiting on news for bonescan scheduling and whether or not they have reviewed CT will let you all know when I know anything ….Waiting @#$@%^ sucks

I just put this as my facebook status and then thought I would post it here as well but I also wanted to acknowledge that I am grateful for doing this sort of waiting. There was an article tweeted by the New Zealand Herald about  the misdiagnosis of another woman with breast cancer who has just died – in a conversation with OD I said I was grateful that my GP had sent me off to the specialist when he realised he didnt know what he was dealing with (a week after the presentation of ‘Gertrude’) and I am grateful that my oncologist is being so thorough in keeping an eye on me for recurrences and metastases

So I will sit and wait – grateful that they are looking after my best interests in a way that will hopefully keep me alive for a long while to come.  Caro Galloway never got that chance.

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  1. Was just thinking of you this morning and wondering whether you had news. Thanks for the update – I’ll keep my fingers crossed for a good result soon!

  2. I was just thinking of you this morning and wondering if you had any news. I am keeping you in my prayers!

  3. Waiting almost always seems so much harder than action. Hope you hear soon and that the news is good.


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