Secondary lymphedema, diagnosed at 20.
When I was diagnosed at 20 with lymphedema I thought the world had ended. Here I was, in the prime of my life, with a chronic medical condition that was going to impact my life in as yet unknown ways, with no hope for a cure. Nearly five years later and I’ve been able to change my mindset for four main reasons:
- The positive support as well as understanding from family and friends.
- Maintaining gentle exercise and manual lymphatic drainage exercises, which have helped keep my swelling down and has reminded me that lymphedema is manageable. And, as Elle Woods says, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy.”
- Discovering other people in the world with Lymphedema, which means I don’t feel so alone.
- Knowing that there are people around the world working on different ways to cure Lymphedema; it gives me hope that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.