Article Talk: Making Room for Lymphedema

Started by KarenM, November 09, 2017
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KarenM

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November 09, 2017
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jancg

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November 16, 2017
Hello, Kimberly, Much of your article rings so true for me. I also had two surgeries with lymph node removal, in my case for ovarian cancer. Started treatment for lymphedema about a year ago, after it became a concern 2 years after my second surgery. The wardrobe! Yes, it's so hard. Just lately I have gradually been giving up my beloved jeans. I'm down to 2 pair that work well enough with the wraps, and those were not among my favorites. It was already trouble to adapt to tops that hide my port near the collarbone. And of course, the different size feet don't help one bit. Double socks on the left, 2 different kinds because the ones over the wraps stretch out. Etc. You know the routine, I'm sure. I've been fortunate to have been out of active chemo since the lymphedema came along. It has to be so much more difficult to keep up with the routine if not feeling well. Are you active on any of the lymphedema support sites? Perhaps you can recommend a good one to me. Thank you for your article. May we both stay "stable." Jan
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KimB

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May 05, 2018
Hi Jan, So sorry for the late reply- I did not see your post until tonight! I am not active on any lymphedema support sites at this time. Probably like you, I check out the internet from time to time. I am not sure if you are interested in a compression pump, but after 5 months of use, I believe my leg is more pliable over all and is a bit smaller. As to jeans, I am down to only one pair that are cropped with wide leg- no binding what so ever! Someone told me not to be concerned about hiding my port scar- it is a badge of courage and strength that I have earned. I wish you continued good health 😊. Kim
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