Blog: My Lymphedema Life
Why I Started Rolling To Help My Lymphedema
About a year ago, I put on a little extra weight (again) and to no real surprise, it triggered my lymphedema. However, this time around, I had a lot more trouble getting it back under control.READ MORE
Lymphedema & Cellulitis - The What, Why and How
Unfortunately, once you experience cellulitis, you are at risk for it coming back again and again. Another big issue with cellulitis is it causes more swelling.READ MORE
Why I Stimulate My Lymphatic System To Help My Lymphedema
I think a lot of us feel helpless against our lymphedema. Treating it is still fairly new in the medical community and for some of us, what they offer just doesn’t work well. I'm one of the us. Since developing lymphedema in 2009, I’ve worked to understand how my lymphatic system functions, what happens when it’s damaged and through a lot of trial and error, figured out ways I can help keep the symptoms of my lymphedema at bay. There is a lot we can do!READ MORE
Active Massage vs. Traditional Compression Garments
First let me say, one garment is NOT better than the other. Each takes a different approach to dealing with the swelling caused by lymphedema. The question is, which type of compression garment is best for managing your lymphedema long term?READ MORE
The Quick & Dirty: What is Secondary Lymphedema?
When parts of your lymphatic system are permanently damaged during certain cancer treatments, it can forever impair your system's ability to drain this waste filled fluid from your tissues in the affected area.READ MORE
Love your Lymphatic System, Enjoy the Water!
Whether you do laps, water exercise, walk or just hang out, the water offers incredible benefits and relief for lymphedema.
Find what works for you, do it often and enjoy! More ideas? Your idea could be the change for someone else.READ MORE
Stimulate Your Lymphatic System
Depending on your situation and health, there is always something you CAN do. Every movement counts. Movement is your body’s natural way to help move lymph fluid!READ MORE
Lymphedema: Taking Care of Yourself
What I thought I would share today is what I do to keep my lymphedema under control and why it’s so important.READ MORE
To Wear or Not to Wear Nighttime Garments or Wraps for My Lymphedema
From my experience, if you wear daytime compression garments and you don’t swell at night or experience any kind of discomfort from your lymphedema, you don’t need to wear a nighttime garment or wraps. Actually, giving your lymphatic system a break from compression could be a good idea! Our bodies are not designed to be compressed 24/7.READ MORE
About The Lymphatic System
Our lymphatic system is part of our immune system and runs throughout our entire body. As one of its functions, our lymphatic system works hand in hand with our circulatory system to help drain and clean waste filled fluid from our tissues. To nourish our cells, the circulatory system leaks watery fluid into our tissues, called interstitial fluid (fluid that occupies the free space in our tissues), filled with oxygen and nutrients. Once this fluid has completed its job, our circulatory system takes about 90% of it back in, and our lymphatic system drains the remaining 10% plus waste, large proteins and any bacteria.READ MORE
Lymphedema: Attitude is Everything
If you're reading this, I imagine like me you’ve been through a lot in your life. During this time of year it can be easy to get lost in a sea of emotions. Through my life, I’ve learned it’s all in how you look at things.READ MORE
Lymphedema: Let's Try to Stay Healthy
As part of my post cancer life, I’ve become more aware of trying to stay away from harsh chemicals and ingredients that are linked to health issues.
Lymphedema: Safety First
First responders and hospital personnel are trained to look for this contact so if you’re not able to communicate with them, they will have your emergency information.READ MORE