Each year, on March 6, the National Lymphedema Network and the lymphedema community nationwide celebrate Lymphedema Awareness "D" Day, a special day set aside to honor inspirational lymphedema patients: those who have contributed to the community or who have shown great courage in their struggle with disease.
On this day, we raise our voices together and say: "This is it! We demand treatment, coverage and support for this condition."
On this day we show the world that lymphedema is no longer a rare condition by honoring the many people living with it today, and the exceptional health care providers who, with dedication and support, have touched their lives and hearts.
On Lymphedema D-Day, you, someone you know, or your favorite health care provider/facility can honor a lymphedema patient for his or her courage in living and coping with lymphedema. In past years, some have been honored at gala events, some in small, intimate gatherings, and others, one-on-one by their health care provider, family or friend. It's up to you. This day provides us with a special opportunity to alert our local media, medical community and neighborhoods about lymphedema; to create awareness about the condition, who is at risk, and available treatments, so not one more person will be told they just have to live with it, that nothing can be done.
Once you've chosen your honoree/s (we can accept/list only one upper extremity and/or one lower extremity patient per person/facility), and planned your special event, be sure to email us at email@example.com (or call 415-908-3681) and request an official NLN National Lymphedema D-Day Certificate for your honoree/s.
Since the first Lymphedema Awareness D-Day celebration in 1994, each year we have published a list of honorees in the July issue of LymphLink, the NLN quarterly news publication, and on our website.
To participate, please send the following to the NLN by May 1st (note: two patients maximum, one upper and one lower/or more than one limb/s will be published):
We look forward to celebrating National Lymphedema Awareness D-Day with you! Honor a special patient or caregiver, and let them know you care.