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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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how not to wait…

Still waiting for news of review of my CT scan I had decided to assume ‘no news was good news’ as  Dr H  had said they would let me know if my treatment had to change due to what showed on CT or bonescan.  However after going to the lyphodema therapist and her postponing treatment until she got an all-clear from the oncologist meant that I had to bring the subject up with my nurses at last weeks herceptin infusion appointment.  They couldn’t/wouldn’t tell me anything but resceduled me to see  Dr H for an assessment appointment on the 23rd February.  I have to admit my mind had a field day as I said to ‘the MRD’ in an email the next day ” do they know something I dont know” “if my review of the scan on my lung was clear then why can’t they just tell me” etc…etc…etc

I’m still assuming the best but also a little part of my mind is ‘preparing for the worst’ as well.  I have my bone scan tomorrow and as long as that goes well I am hopeful of an all-clear on the 23rd.

This last week I haven’t been proud of myself.  I used the excuse of my hip hurting from bellydancing  , but in reality I was just sitting on my bum eating junkfood and allowing myself to wallow in worry and depression.  What broke that pattern was having to get out of the house on Thursday for my herceptin, and a deadline for the AFS chapter newsletter that I write.  I have been busy and not wallowing for the second half of the week. 

Yesterday OD and I had decided to drive down to Mount Maunganui for the day. Our mutual twitter friend , Really Really Design was selling her wares at a Market and we decided to do  a little roadtrip down.  We had a ball, stopping for brunch at Matamata ( can definitely recommend going off the main street a few doors down to The Horseman Cafe on Arawa St), going to the Little Big Market, getting great bargains in the sales in the Mount’s main street, then winding down at the beach on the harbour side, Pilot Bay -there was a  big surf carnival happening on Ocean Beach

view of the Mount and bay from our spot on Pilot Bay

going for a wade in the water

We came home singing along to the CD on the car stereo (No, not going to tell you which CD, LOL) before having to do a quick detour to Ngatea when the petrol light came on just before we got to ‘the 35’s’ (SH 27)  All in all away from home for over 12 hours (with over 2 hours driving (me) each way) so it wasn’t surprising when I slept in this morning until 11 am.

Today although I’m having a slow afternoon I have already arranged to go for a walk in the Botanical Gardens with OH this evening, once the heat/humidity goes out of the day a bit. 

My bone scan is tomorrow and I will take the train in then decide where to take my radioactive self for 3 hours between when they inject me with the isotopes and when they actually do the scan.  Should I walk in the domain or should I go shopping ? Maybe a bit of both…

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  1. Sounds like a fabulous day out!
    I’ll be thinking of you tomorrow, with fingers firmly crossed and holding you close to my heart 🙂

  2. Thinking of you and hoping your scan went well. What a beautiful day out! Thanks for sharing pics – of course I’m looking at them while seeing 11 inches of new snow out my window but i’ll forgive you 😉

    • yes, I did feel as if I was being a bit mean to my American readers who have been enduring blizzards and other wintery conditions but then I’m sure when you write about Summer in July I’ll forgive you too 🙂


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