Breathing and Lymphedema – my CDT homework 

Before I tell you about my homework, I want to take you back in time. These memories are what comes to mind when I think about diaphragmatic breathing.  When I was in the 4th grade, my Mother came home from work one day with an ad in the newspaper (yes, newspapers were still around back... Continue Reading →

That Junk in My Trunk

Let's talk about truncal Lymphedema, or what I like to call "That Junk in My Trunk."  Hey, we have to laugh, right? 🙂 My Lovely Little Lumps -Fergie As of January 16, 2017, it has been a year since my truncal lymphedema diagnosis was confirmed.  The new lympheversary where I received yet another gift from the one that... Continue Reading →

“I’m not THAT bad…” – Importance of managing mild Lymphedema and avoiding living with regret

This page is not just about hope, inspiration and taking action, it's about preventing (as much as possible) the advancement of LE too. The flip side of the story. This picture is from Oct 2007. The day I went bilateral. 😪 Literally within hours of stepping off an 8 hour direct flight from Houston to... Continue Reading →

Lymphedema Management Mini Starter Pack

Lymphedema Management Mini Starter Pack These tips were originally published in the Lymphedema Management Starter Pack.  However, to cut right to the chase, I have split the two blog posts to make it easier to read. Start with the basics and do this until you can get to a Certified Lymphedema Therapist.  The good news is you will... Continue Reading →

Stay Lymphie Strong: Do’s and Don’ts

The biggest questions I now receive is "How do you maintain reduction?  What are your Do's and Don'ts?" When you become a patient of a Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT), one of the first things they hand you, or should (EMPHASIS ON SHOULD) is a few handouts of the Do's and Don'ts for lifelong Lymphedema Management.  In... Continue Reading →

Making Peace with Lymphedema

  Really, I think Lymphedema is like dealing with any devastating news, especially a degenerative illness. You go through the 7 stages of grief: shock and denial pain and guilt anger and bargaining depression the turn around reconstruction acceptance Make peace with it and strive for the acceptance phase. Lymphedema is as damaging psychologically as... Continue Reading →

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