I had a double mastectomy as a result of breast cancer a couple of years ago. I now have lymphedema in both of my arms. Lymphedema is an accumulation of lymph fluid, usually in the limbs, that occurs when the lymphatic system has been damaged. Up to ten million Americans suffer from this, to include up to 30% of women who have been treated for breast cancer. I am one of those women.
Because suffering alone with lymphedema feels like a punishment for having had cancer, I am proud to have teamed up with the Lymphatic Research & Education Network (LE&RN) to promote awareness and research. If we want win this fight against lymphedema and lymphatic disease, we need to stand together and educate the world.
Please watch this short video for more information.