Lymphedema in 1998

Many times throughout this blog I have referred to the billboard that I passed on that fateful Monday in May when I was on my way to my first day of work right after graduating with my BS in Computer Science. I was excited and nervous. Full of promise and hope for my future in […]

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2018 Best 9

2️⃣0️⃣1️⃣8️⃣ best 9️⃣ on Instagram 🎊🎆 This year marks 25 years that I developed #lymphedema. A quarter of a century. For most of my adult life, I hid my genetic #raredisease either in anger, denial, or embarrassment. To see that together these photos generated 11.6K likes for the unknown like LE is shocking, but I’m […]

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Find A Happy Road

#MotivationMonday Kristen Shay Ryan is my Motivation Monday this week. Kristen messaged me one day earlier this year and said “Vern, I want to get up off the couch. Do you think it’s possible for me to do a #MOVETHATLYMPH challenge?” My answer is always the same—“Anything is possible if you put in the work, […]

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Fake It Until You Make It

I think I have the Monday Blues, and it’s my blog and I’ll cry if I want to. Today I’m really feeling my LE. It’s 95F but it “feels like” 102F with 44% humidity. I have lymphedema in both legs and my right leg is throbbing. THROBBING!!!! It seems impossible to me that we are […]

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Nails & Lymphedema

I never said I was perfect, nor will I ever claim to be perfect. I’m as real and authentic as you can get. In a society where well manicured nails are so visible, it’s hard to balance that with living with lymphedema. It’s hard to even balance it with feeling “feminine” beyond covering legs with […]

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A Message of Thanks and Motivation

Honored and humbled to have contributed as a guest blogger for Juzo USA. Have a wonderful week and Happy Thanksgiving! View the guest blog post on Juzo’s site – A Message of Thanks and Motivation Wishing you great Lymphatic health, Lymphie Strong

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Swollen, Bloated and Puffy .. by Kathleen Lisson CMT, CLT Book Review

As of this writing, I’m in flight crossing the Eastern United States towards Orlando, Florida for the 2017 National Lymphedema Network International Conference. My companion on my flight is Kathleen Lisson and her phenomenal book “Swollen, Bloated and Puffy – A Manual Lymphatic Drainage Therapist’s Guide to Reducing Swelling in the Face and Body.” No, […]

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Lymphedema’s Catherine The Great

Imagine being a pediatric cancer patient at the age of 8 with a rare survivable type. Yet, against all odds, you do manage to survive and are left with secondary lymphedema in the aftermath only to face a lack of pediatric lymphedema treatment options. This is the story of Catherine Rosenberg, which spans over 20 […]

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Once Bitten Twice Shy

Be careful with insect bites.  Two weeks ago I had a spider bite and overnight I gained so much fluid. Approximately 10 lbs. I honestly thought I was headed for cellulitis. Of course I went to the doctor right away, because I was taking no chances.   Finished my antibiotics then started CDT this past […]

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