Never Lose Your Childlike Wonder

Yesterday a child touched my right leg in the bleachers at a Houston Astros baseball game. I’ll get to how in a moment. I have fond memories of baseball and softball growing up as a child. As I have mentioned in other blog posts, part of the inspiration behind the fitness online support community I […]

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The Heel Experiment

Good news!!! I’m down! I’m down! Probably the lowest in a long time. I actually want to cry. My right ankle is 24.8 cm and my left is 22.5. Both of my insteps are exactly the same. Precisely asymmetrical. When you have bilateral leg lymphedema, that’s a big deal. I’m back in CDT because last […]

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Lymphedema Reduction – Chasing The Setting Sun

I’m not a morning person at all. I know, I know, studies show that we should exercise in the morning when our cortisol levels are the lowest. Well, all due respect, Mr. Researcher, I ain’t doin’ it. I need my anti-inflammation sleep.  It really depends on how well I have slept the night before.   Sleeping […]

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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 […]

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Pain and Lymphedema

Let’s talk about the “P” word. The one word in healthcare that seems to be acceptable everywhere in medicine except the world of lymphedema.  Drum roll… P A I N If you gather around a group of Lymphies online or in person, this subject inevitably comes up.  When listening to a person talk about it […]

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Hurricane Harvey TX Family Donation Request 

Friends,  I want to thank the entire Lymphedema community for their prayers, texts, and the incredible support you have demonstrated towards all in Texas impacted by Hurricane Harvey.   Unfortunately, the storm has impacted someone very dear to me. My mother’s baby sister, Lydia, and her family sustained significant roof damage to their home. They […]

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The LS Xpandanista

Does the average person give much thought to socks?  I guess it depends on your needs. Most need socks for warmth.  Runners and hikers for sure benefit from good socks.  Some people just go and get the cheapest they can find and wear them until they have giant holes in them.  I’m not naming any […]

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Father’s Day Surprise

Saturday night I got home from swimming, and this was on my doorstep. I began crying tears of joy. For those that don’t know, I developed truncal Lymphedema in my back in January 2016. No specific cause identified. This was after 22 years in my legs. It’s been a steep learning curve to manage both […]

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Make No Bones About It

I snapped a pic of my flare up.  Recently someone asked me, “What’s an LE flare up?” The response was almost unanimous. An LE flare up is when you are extra swollen, extra achey, and usually in pain due to external forces like illness other than LE, barometric weather changes, prolonged sitting/standing from travel or work, […]

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