Eleven years ago, just before my 50th birthday, I was diagnosed with Cancer of the uterus. To say I was shocked is an understatement as I had not been particularly ill, just a few aches and pains! This is not a cancer blog so I will skip over those details and concentrate on what is relevant to my Lymphoedema. I had not heard of lymphoedema at this stage but I do remember asking the doctor about having the lymph nodes removed, as part of my surgery. I felt they could be something I still needed! His reply was very much to the point…. “Its better than being dead”. During Surgery, for a radical hysterectomy, 22 lymph nodes were removed from my groin area. This was followed up with radiation to the pelvis which would have caused more damage to the remaining lymphatic system.
On leaving hospital I was given a bookmark which told me how to avoid getting Lymphoedema as my lymphatic system was now compromised. At that time in the big picture of life it felt as if the cancer fight was far more important. Little did I know that Lymphoedema was to become my life after cancer.