The Emotional Toll of Lymphedema

the emotional toll of lymphedemaDealing With A Chronic Disease

I heard the other day that dealing with a chronic illness, like lymphedema, is similar to dealing with a great loss. Whether you are a therapist or a person dealing with lymphedema it’s important to recognize the emotional toll this disease can take. It is a loss! The loss of a way of life that was known and now has to be adjusted and adapted to deal with this chronic disease. Recognizing the stages of grief can better help you deal with a chronic illness like lymphedema and the emotional toll it takes. Continue reading

LYMPHEDEMA & SHELTERING AT HOME

Sheltering At Home With LymphedemaLymphedema & Sheltering at Home

Are you wearing your lymphedema compression garments? I hope so, even if no one’s watching! Even if you are stuck in the house for days and days during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has caused many states to adopt shelter in place mandates. We all can get lazy not going out of the house for days at a time. We may stay in our pj’s all day, not put on makeup or style our hair. However, we should not become lazy about our compression garments and the care of our lymphedema. I think all of us want to stay away from the hospital at this time, so we don’t need any flare ups of Cellulitis or open wounds. Continue reading