Please take a few minutes to read the long message below and join me in forwarding this email to your personal and professional contact lists.
There are people suffering with lymphedema, women with breast cancer, oncologists and primary care physicians who need to know.
Just this morning, I was inspired, encouraged, and thrilled to learn of the leadership of Kathy Bates in increasing awareness and support for those dealing with lymphedema and cellulitis. Her voice will help tremendously in educating the public, in gaining the attention of healthcare providers, and in giving answers and hope to the countless number of people living with lymphedema – some of whom live in isolation, without treatment, not even knowing that there is a name for the disease.
In New Jersey, I am very grateful to Scott David Lippe, MD, Bergen Regional Medical Center, who, when he saw my swollen legs, already blistered with cellulitis, immediately identified the problem and admitted me for an 8-day hospital stay. That was 2001. Outpatient treatment at the Lymphedema Treatment Center, Woodbury, Long Island, NY, every day for a month and several times since, awakened me to the necessity of 24/7 self-management including the wearing of compression stockings, exercise, and massage. Thank you to Stanley Weindorf, MD; Bonnie B. Lasinski, MA, PT, CI, CLT-LANA and Candy Glasgow-Yarde, PTA, CLT-LANA whose caring treatment has made a great difference in my life.
Now a resident of Venice, Florida, it was my good fortune to have an appointment with Zenobio Aguilla, MD, who referred me to Patricia De La Ossa, PT, CLT, Lymphatic and Therapeutic Specialists, only two miles from my home! Patricia is a blessing. The sun, moon, and stars aligned to have me in this place at this time, leading me to Patricia for regular lymphedema massage.
Please click on the link Kathy Bates’ YouTube video below. Learn more from the Lymphatic Network website.
What is Lymphedema?
Lymphedema, also know as lymphatic obstruction, is a condition of localized fluid retention and tissue swelling caused by a compromised lymphatic system, which normally returns interstitial fluid to the thoracic duct ant then the bloodstream. The condition can be inherited, though it is frequently caused by cancer treatments, and by parasitic infections.
What is Cellutitis?
Cellutitis is a bacterial infection involving the inner layers of the skin. It specifically affects the dermis and subcutaneous fat. Signs and symptoms include an area of redness which increases in size over a couple of days. The borders of the area of redness are generally not sharp and the skin may be swollen. While the redness often turns white when pressure is applied this is not always the case. The area of infection is usually painful. Lymphatic vessels may occasionally be involved and the person may have a fever and feel tired.
Kathy Bates Takes the Face of Lymphedema Challenge
Thank you all, for passing on the information to others; everyone needs to know. After a lumpectomy in 1999, it took two years to find out what was wrong with my legs. Although it is heartening to know that this disease has gained attention, it is troubling that so many are affected and too many still untreated. Please forward and Again, thank you.
Joan M. Wright
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