This is a great description of how the Lymphatics work and the cause of Lymphoedema. Leslie uses some great comparisons to garbage trucks!!! Thanks to the Breastcanceryogablog and Leslie Ronson Brown. I am sure you will all enjoy this post… You will find other great articles also in this blog…thanks..
What is Lymphedema?By Lesley Ronson Brown, Registered Yoga Therapist
Good heavens! It’s hard to understand this disease called lymphedema that some of us get…and some of us don’t…as a side effect of cancer treatment when lymph nodes are removed followed by radiation. We might be given a pamphlet to read about it, but that is usually at a time when we are struggling with much confusion and fear.
So here is some info…the lymphatic system is part of our body’s waste management system and has two main jobs. It transports waste from cells that blood vessels don’t pick up and it acts as a defense system to protect us from infection. Blood transports nutrients to our cells and then transports waste away from the cells. Some of the waste products are too large for the blood vessels or are not the type of thing it wants to pick…
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