Axillary Web Syndrome (AWS), Also Known As Cording

Thanks Denise for taking the time to write this incredibly informative guest blog! Before I developed lymphedema, I had cording but had no idea what it was. No one ever told me to look out for and that there was help if it showed up. Please pass this on. I don’t want anyone else to ...

Moving or Exercising in Active Massage™ Garments is a Great Way to Stimulate your Lymphatic System

Something is better than nothing. Start where you are! *Always check with your healthcare professional before starting any new movement or exercise routine. Moving or exercising in Active Massage™ garments is a great way to stimulate your lymphatic system and help move excess fluid. Depending on your situation and health, there is always something you CAN do. ...

Love your Lymphatic System, Enjoy the Water!

Whether you do laps, water exercise, walk or just hang out, the water offers incredible benefits and relief for lymphedema. No compression necessary Water provides natural compression. As you move, the water helps stimulate lymph movement throughout your entire body. Ahhhh! Take some deep breaths Further boost your lymphatic system by adding in a few deep belly breaths Deep breathing is ...

Showering is the Perfect Time to Stimulate your Lymphatic System!

A large part of your lymphatic system lives just beneath the skin. This is where the excess fluid in your tissues is picked up. Here are a few things I do in the shower to stimulate my lymphatic system, try them out and let me know how they work for you. Use a soft scrubby or sponge ...

7 Tips To Surviving The Summer Heat In Compression

Wow It’s Hot Outside! Summer has been my favorite season for as long as I can remember until I developed lymphedema. Heat and humidity are definitely not my friends and even though I know I’ll feel better in my compression garments, they are no fun to put on or wear. My Top 7 Tips to Surviving the ...

Fix and Replace Current Breast Reconstruction

Tomorrow starts what I hope to be the final chapter of my breast cancer experience. I've decided to go under the knife to improve the appearance of my first breast reconstruction. I want to bring you along so if you are like me or know someone like me, this information might be helpful. I went through ...

Lymphedema From the Perspective of a Cancer Survivor

As a result of my inability to adhere, both physically and emotionally to the traditional techniques for treating and managing my lymphedema, I discovered more tolerable and effective ways to deal with it. I had a double mastectomy and 32 nodes removed from my armpit but as you can see from the picture above, my ...

How the BRCA Test Changed my Life!

After reading the recent article in the New York Times, my perception of Angelina Jolie has completely changed. My previous image of her as a Hollywood starlet has been replaced with that of another woman struggling with the devastation and difficult choices cancer can have on entire families. I understand her drive to speak out ...

My Life Experiences Do Not Define Me, I Define Me

My mother was diagnosed with lymphoma. My father was diagnosed with prostate cancer. My father died from prostate cancer. I married, became a stepmom and had a son. My sister was diagnosed with late stage breast cancer. I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was 38 years old. Double Mastectomy BRCA 2 Terminated Pregnancy Axillary Node Dissection Hysterectomy Pulmonary Embolism Chemo with Taxol Reconstruction Lymphedema I started a business to ...