Exercise to help your lymphatics..

From time to time I am asked by people if they can write an article for this blog, some I refuse and others I accept. This is an article about Rebounding as a way to help the lymphatics. I was once told that 15 minutes a day jumping on a mini trampoline would be great for my lymphedema. I gave it a go and was amazed that it was hard work!!  But it felt good … I am aware that some of you would not be able to do this exercise but for others it is something different to do at home. I think you can also get mini trampolines with a handle for support.

https://www.rebounderzone.com/blogs/rz-blog/112881093-10-ways-rebounding-improves-your-lymphatic-health

 

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Rebounding & your Lymph System … Health Benefits Galore!

As you may know, your lymph system plays a vital role in your body’s ability to fight disease and self-maintenance. But, unlike your circulatory system, there is no “motor” to get your lymph system revved up and your lymph moving. There are various self-care methods you can use to stimulate your lymph, including manual lymph drainage, skincare, and exercise. Exercise is extremely important, as not only does it benefit your overall health, but can help relieve some of they symptoms of lymphedema and other lymphatic disorders. If you are living with lymphedema, make your exercise time count with efficient exercises that impact your lymph system. Lymph in your body flows vertically, meaning traditional exercises such as running won’t be as effective as you would like with getting your lymph moving. Focus on vertically oriented activities that use the force of gravity, such as jumping jacks and rebounding. Rebounding is just a fancy term for bouncing on a trampoline, and it can have tremendous benefits including increasing your lymph flow and improving your overall health. In this infographic from Rebounder Zone, you can see the wide-ranging positive impact rebounding can create for your body. Don’t let a sluggish lymph system prevent you from living the active life you want and enjoying the health you deserve!
Leonard J. Parker III
Business Development Manager
Rebounder Zone
http://www.rebounderzone.com
832-356-8251

Liz hits the pool.. Great Lymphoedema exercise

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Last evening was another milestone–my first time in our community pool in 2 years!!!–It felt wonderful–Very ‘freeing’–no need for compression garment just pure freedom. My affected leg felt exactly like the unaffected leg…and guess what?–no one even noticed my leg. I had this misconception for the last 3 years that the whole world was looking at my leg but that is not reality. I had the feeling that my leg was so important to everyone and people would be staring at my leg but the truth is …it was only important to me which is still huge but it can not rule your life (It ruled mine for 3 years and I’m so sorry I allowed that to happen)….The mild compression the water provides is gently messaging your extremity and encouraging lymphatic drainage.

We have been having a miserable heat wave here in CT. for the past few days and the water in the pool was cool, clean, and invigorating. I paid for a new membership so that I could remain motivated to go to the pool at least 3 times per week and get that ‘feeling’ again. Hopefully, it is encouraging those new lymph nodes in my groin to grow big and strong.

Someone had written at one time that she wore compression garments in the pool. After discussing this point with Dr. Chang’s LE therapist and my therapist here in CT. I wanted to clear up the fact that compression garments in the pool are not needed. The water pressure provides that service to us. Thank God!! Liz

Previously I have written about Aquatic exercise and how good it is for Lymphoedema.. This link also includes videos of water exercises… Water is a natural compression and just walking up and down the pool is great for the legs as there is more compression at the feet and less going up the body… Just like a garment!! Freedom… Helen

https://lymphnodetransplant.wordpress.com/2013/07/21/aquatic-exercise-for-lymphoedema-includes-video/

Help with self-care… Videos

These two videos were created at Mt Wilga Rehabilitation Hospital so that people who could not come to the hospital for therapy could benefit from their program…. One video is for lymphoedema of the arm and the other for legs. Some of the video content is duplicated but has individual topics for legs and arms.. The portion which shows self massage is very important for self-care. What I have learnt is the importance of clearing the abdominal area… The “basin” which is the area below the rib cage between the hip bones and pubic bone. Using abdominal breathing and then massaging into this area, to stimulate the many lymph nodes we have in the abdomen, you can actually start to feel the abdomen gurgling when you do this. It is also something you can do several times a day. Remember … Clear the Basin… This is a great help for those with leg lymphoedema as the lymph from the legs can then be cleared upwards and then eliminated from the body. I hope you find these videos helpful..

Feel free to share with others. It can be distributed via social media, reblogged or added to websites. Please do not change the original content and provide appropriate credit by including the author’s name and a link to this blog.
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The calming water.. My favourite walk..

My favourite walk along the coast from Clovelly to Bondi is always different. Today the sea was huge and the surf crashed onto the rocks. The colours were turquoise and shimmering. These are the photos I took… Enjoy and feel the calm..

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On the way home there are still beautiful flowers and interesting trees…

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Always remember that a walk no matter how slow is great exercise to help Lymphoedema…

Copyright © 2013-2014 by Helensamia. All rights Reserved.

Feel free to share with others. It can be distributed via social media, reblogged or added to websites. Please do not change the original content and provide appropriate credit by including the author’s name and a link to this blog.
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Juzo’s “Keep Moving Movement” has begun!

Thanks so much for sharing this on your blog… It is so important that we who have Lymphedema never forget to keep moving as that is part of helping the lymphatics to work better. Any type of exercise is good .. I like to walk and walk in a pool or do water aerobics… Tell Juzo what you like to do … Thank you I have reblogged this 😃😃😃

The Lymphie Life

The month of March is Lymphedema Awareness Month, and to celebrate, the compression gear manufacturer Juzo is starting a movement. A woman working with the Juzo movement explained to me that the Keep Moving Movement is “designed to create an inspiring community filled with uplifting stories and journeys from Lymphedema patients as well as those with circulation, swelling, and other venous conditions.”

The Movement is a contest where entrants stand to win a grand prize of $5,000 “to use to improve his/her mind, body & soul.” The Second Place winner will receive a yoga retreat valued at $1,500, and Third Place will receive a Keep Moving Prize Pack valued at $500. Amazing prizes aside, the contest is an awesome opportunity to spread awareness and inspiration through sharing yourown personal story with the lymphedema community.

So what do you think – are you interested? If so, here’s how to get involved:

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Part 2 Breast Cancer, Lymphedema and Lymph node Transfer by Lisa Jenni

imageLessen learned: You have to be your own advocate and trust your gut feeling! By Lisa Jenni…

The lymphedema started already a few days after surgery, my shoulder/upper arm seem to swell up quite a lot on the back side, way more than the usual post-surgery seroma, and at a place where no surgical damage occurred. Asked about it, the surgical oncologist said nothing went wrong during surgery, and I’m unfortunately “on of them”. Soon, all lymph nodes, one by one down into the elbow area started to act up badly and each one was a very swollen painful bubble. I started to research the internet and found soon the Lymphedema Research Foundation. A private friend (RN) checked in with me on the phone and I told her how it looks and feels. There was a long pause on the phone, then she sent me all information she could find on LE, and recommended MLT immediately, but still it took weeks to get me an appointment.
January 20, I started my first round of chemo (of 4). At the first post-op visit, my medical oncologist was extremely surprised over the quick and high degree of my lymphedema. She said, she’s never had a patient with such severe Lymphedema. The shock in her eyes told me she’s at a loss, but immediately took to the phone and got me 10x MLD prescribed and some kind of over-the counter stocking for the arm with a clove. Looking back this was a ridiculous wimpy approach to my booming lymphedema. Two massage therapy sessions per week (really?) – are NOT even covering the beginnings of the dilemma. I was repeatedly told I need to wrap my arm 24/7 and rest it hand high up. Of course a part of it was teach me how to do the self massage, but to be honest, the only thing that happened was, I got really bad tendonitis on the one healthy arm I had left. I started panicking, – I felt so lonely, stupefied and helpless like never before. But still, my gut feeling told me, time is of essential, despite the very slow grinding mill; it took until end of May until I got my first manufactured-to-my-measurements garment (Jobst).

At this point, I was in scrambles. Even worse, by now, the impact of chemo had me completely overrun, and no matter what I did, the swelling kept creeping up uncontrollable. My arm looked like a balloon and the skin felt if it swells only a bit more, it’ll pop open. And I knew, radiation would follow, 35 times beaming into an area of my body already deeply compromised.

Due to our move to the US, I experienced long 5 years of having no work permit until I got the Green Card, so I went back to art school, started quilting and went back to my roots as a watercolor artist, founded think-quilts.com. Now self-employed, I didn’t exactly loose my job due to lymphedema, but there was also zero chance to get employment if I wanted to. Within a few months, I became a disabled person without access to benefits. Never mind, just before the recession hit, we bought a smaller house, and at the exact time of my diagnosis, the bottom of the economy fell out, we just moved and had our old house on the market, on top of it, even my husband’s job at the big high-tech company wasn’t safe anymore. An air of deep depression engulfed both of us.

The weather in 2009 wasn’t cooperative: That particular late spring and summer created the most intense heat wave ever recorded in the Northwest. We had weeks during that summer with triple digit temperatures 103F, 104F and climbing. Everyone enjoyed “for once not a rainy summer!”, for me it felt like a death sentence. The Pacific Northwest has usually a moderate climate with only a few very hot days (mid 90’s), so most houses don’t have AC. I was suffering badly. Heat is a great enemy of lymphedema.

At some point after radiation ended and the effect of chemo lessened, I gained some brainpower back. I found at my local fitness club a personalized 16-week program (incl. psychological support), which is designed to put people with a heart decease, obesity, or after accidents back on track. I asked my oncologist if she could write me a recommendation, so the insurance would pay little less that ½ of the cost ($6400 total), and it was granted. I called it “Cancer Rehab” which doesn’t exist for real, but this was the best that happened to me in a long time. After finishing the program, I’d lost 50+ pounds; I gained back my strength and was physically fit to actually enjoy the upcoming skiing season.

Having gone thru hell and back, this should be a standard for all cancer survivors who endured all three phases: Surgery, Chemo and Radiation. As of today, only heart disease, stroke and accident patients are getting scheduled for rehab.

My lymphedema lessened bit by bit in micro-steps during the personal training and diet. Please note, before I ever stepped on any treadmill or held any weight in my hand for lifting, I religiously wore the fitted Jobst sleeve (even I hated every second of wearing it). I am certain, the weight I lost made a big difference in circumference of my arm, and since there was less of a layer of fat, the compression garment worked better. These garments apply pressure to the whole limb, but the transport of lymphatic fluids only works via lymphatic vessels and veins, which are embedded into or closely attached to muscles. The more you move your muscle mass, the more “stimulation/massage” happens to the lymphatic system. Its easy to understand how a layer of cushioning fat can limit or eliminate this effect. This is one of the main reasons why a skinny person will have more success with any of the compression garments and MLD. Soft-cushioning fat is your enemy.

Here a word about the compression garments for arm and hand

Every single sleeve made to my specs was manufactured by the German company Jobst, – and this is supposed to be the “Cadillac” of these sleeves. I say, no way!
The knit fabric is itchy like hell, and I’m sure the clove part hasn’t seen any improvement since it’s invention. All wrong! I’m a painter, I’ve studied the human body in drawing; I do know how a hand looks like. The anatomy of a hand has a “webbing” were the fingers come out of the palm, and by close inspection seen from the top, it is a triangle slowly widening toward the knuckles. The inside-end of the webbing is delicate skin in order you can spread out your fingers like a V. For ages, every Italian fine leather clove maker knew how to add a little triangle on the top to the finger root for ease and comfort. But not the way the compression gloves are knitted. It always cuts sharply and painful into the delicate inside webbing, and leaves a triangle gap towards the knuckles to be perfectly filled with lymph fluid.
The arm sleeve has it’s own challenges besides being itchy, it doesn’t discriminate between areas where more pressure is necessary and areas they should stay flat. The arm below the elbow is not round! It’s a rather flat oval between two bigger bones, and most lymphatic vessels run in the groove between these bones, together with the blood vessels. The sleeve makes the area filled up with non-moving lymph fluids, with the result, the lower arm and had look like you’ve blown up a rubber clove with air and made a knot. This turned out to be completely counter-productive for my arm/hand, so I stopped wearing it during normal day activities.

As the years went on, changes in medication prohibited me of any exercise for months at a time, and sure enough, the pounds started creeping back on me. Little by little, despite the fact I tried to live healthy, and efforts to get slowly back into regular workouts and cook from scratch healthy food, – low-fat protein, lots of veggies and fruit, minimized carbs, rarely sweets, no junk food. We go hiking in summer, skiing in winter, but I couldn’t stop the lymphedema from progressing.
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Want to feel like you don’t have lymphedema?

Thank you for showing how great and important swimming can be when you have Lymphoedema… I am not a good swimmer but I walk up and down or join a water aerobics class… Reblogging … Thanks

Lymphedema Diary by Britta Vander Linden

From the time my alarm clock goes off in the morning to the moment I shut my eyes at night, I am constantly reminded that I have lymphedema in my legs. When my bare feet touch the plush rug on my bedroom floor and I sleepily stagger to the bathroom to brush my teeth, I savor every step.  I think to myself, “God, this feels good.”  Spreading my toes a little wider as I stride back across the hard wood floor in the hallway, I try to push out of my mind the thought that within minutes I will once again be encased from my toes up to my waist in compression stockings.  My iron legs, as I call them.

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Aquatic exercise for Lymphoedema includes Videos

In my previous post I wrote about returning to the pool and how helpful I have always found this to be. This resulted in a number of questions which I feel are answered in this article from Aqua Lymphatic Therapy. If we can find a group like this or similar it would be great, but I am not going to hold my breath for that!!! I am sure however with this guidance you can put some exercises together yourself.. Tread water, walk in water and use a buoyancy belt or noodle to help….  Join a water aerobics class…. Enjoy

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Water – is it good for lymphedema?
Aqua Lymphatic Therapy
By Dorit Tidhar
Article reprinted from the Spring/Summer 2011 issue of Lymphedema Matters, a publication of the Lymphedema Association of Ontario.

Mrs. G’s birthday is coming up and her husband decided to surprise her with a gift, a day of pampering at a spa. His wife was pleased, yet concerned. She did not know whether a spa would be safe for her lymphedema. She called her therapist for advice. “It seems as if lymphedema does not respond well to high temperatures” said Mrs. G. to her husband. Regrettably, she asked him to return the gift and he decided to buy her a swimming pool membership instead. Was he doing the right thing?

Lymphedema is defined as an abnormal accumulation of a protein-enriched fluid accompanied by chronic inflammation, due to the damage or blockage of lymphatic vessels. People with lymphedema, or at risk of developing lymphedema, should adopt strategies in order to prevent or reduce the exacerbation of lymphedema. These include avoidance of trauma or injury, intact skin preservation, avoidance of constriction, use and exercise of the body, arms and legs. On a similar note, exposure to extreme heat could be of major concern. But why? Exposure to high levels of external temperature (hot water bottles, electric blankets, hot tubs and jacuzzi) causes the capillaries in the skin to dilate; this may lead to an increase in interstitial fluid and can exacerbate existing lymphedema, or trigger the beginning of lymphedema. Therefore it is highly recommended to avoid direct heat applications on the affected area. Sauna or steam rooms do not project direct heat to the skin (heat transfer is much slower in air than in water). Nonetheless, they can cause elevation in body temperature and lead to the worsening or development of lymphedema.

A safe temperature is one that will not elevate body temperature and as a result will not cause the response of vasodilation in the skin. Is there any optimal temperature, or a “safe” temperature? A safe temperature
depends on several factors: The activity that is being performed in the water (whether it is just immersion such as sitting in the tub or swimming), the duration, and the medical condition of the person. Immersion alone is likely to be safe up to 35°C. Consequently, hot baths or jacuzzi are probably hazardous since the temperature is usually above 38°C (100.4°F). When exercising in water, the temperature should be adjusted to lower levels: 29 to 33৹C (84-91.4৹F) is considered to be safe. Importantly, when swimming or exercising in aqua fitness, the temperature of the water needs to be cooler than when one is just walking in the water.

It is important to get physician clearance before participating in any pool activity, and to check the sanitary condition of a pool. Interestingly, the bacteria that causes erysipelas (cellulitis) is not present in pool water, but is actually harbored on the skin. Intact skin preservation is of utmost importance.

Beyond safety concerns, one should ask the question: what types of exercises in water could be of benefit to lymphedema treatment?

Compression garments are generally recommended to treat lymphedema. These garments apply gradient force from higher to lower pressure. Hydrostatic pressure applies its force with an analogous mechanism to compression garments. Importantly, the pressure gradient by water exceeds the pressure gradient by compression garments. Hydrostatic pressure increases directly with the depth of water. When immersing in water, the addition of each centimeter of depth will increase the hydrostatic pressure by 0.73 mmHg (1.85 mmHg/inch). For example, the pressure on feet at a depth of 100 centimetres, would be 73 mmHg (more than a pressure applied by a class 3 compression garment). This pressure is pleasant and imperceptible. In addition, the pressure exerted on a body that is immersed in water is equal from all directions at every depth. This is of utmost importance as some parts of the body (i.e. chest, breast, genitals, ankles, wrist, fingers and toes) often do not experience equalized pressure by compression garment or by bandaging.

Lymphotome is a skin area that drains lymph fluid into regional lymph nodes. For example, the chest lymphotome drains the skin of the arm, front and back chest into the lymph nodes under the armpit. Excess lymph fluid has to pass through healthy lymphotomes and into functional lymph nodes. Immersion in water may be insufficient for treating lymphedema. Hydrostatic pressure lacks the ability to redirect the lymph fluid to healthy lymphotomes. Therefore, there is a need for supplementary exercises such as the Aqua Lymphatic Therapy (ALT) – the Tidhar method©.

ALT is based on the Casley-Smith remedial exercises and uses the same principles, yet in an aquatic environment. The method uses the anatomical principles of the lymphatic system and the force of the water to achieve the goals of lymphedema therapy. The water temperature ranges from 31°C to 33°C (78.8-91.4°F). This temperature enables slow movements in a safe way that will not cause increased swelling. The buoyancy force enables elevating of the limbs and thus performing exercises and self massage with minimal effort. The hydrostatic pressure of water increases lymph and venous flow, thereby protects the limb from swelling and reduces edema. Chronic lymphedema of the limbs can cause muscle weakness. The viscosity of water provides resistance to body movements. ALT uses different ways to minimize water resistance:

• Reducing the surface of progression (for example, in lymphedema of one arm, side walking instead of frontal plane walking)
• Moving through the water in a slow and gentle manner
• Exercising certain movements with flexed instead of stretched extremities
• Over time the resistance will promote strengthening as well.

The sequence of exercises in ALT is important. First, healthy lymphotomes are activated proximally with breathing exercises in order to clear the reservoir. Second, proximal movements of the thorax, abdomen and shoulder girdle are performed in conjunction with self-massage. Lastly, exercises are performed to clear the affected lymphotomes into the healthy ones by performing self-massage and movements that involve distant joints of the limbs (ankle, wrist etc)
ALT is usually performed in a group setting, in which people with similar conditions exercise together. Each session lasts 45 minutes. Once a week, meas- urements of limb circumferences are taken before and after each session to enable the participants to receive immediate feedback on their performance and on their progress between sessions. It is recommended to bandage the limb or to wear a compression garment immediately after an ALT session in order to preserve the volume reducing results of the treatment.

The ALT method was studied in a randomized controlled trial published in 2009, in which 48 women with lymphedema of the arm were divided into study and control groups. The study group participated in a weekly session of ALT and both groups were supposed to keep on performing self management therapy (included self massage, use of compression garment or bandaging and remedial exercises). The women were treated for 3 months and arm volume measurements, quality of life and self-management care were evaluated. Quality of life improved over the 3-month intervention in both psychological and social dimensions in the ALT group while the control group saw a decrease in quality of life over time.

There was a mean volume reduction of 54 ml after the first ALT session and a mean reduction of 98 ml after the last session. These differences were statistically and clinically significant. However, these reductions were not maintained over the study period. This could be due to low adherence (28%) with compression sleeve wearing. ALT was found to be safe as no woman experienced infection during the intervention period. On a similar note, ALT was found to improve strength, shoulder range of motion, pain and disability in a second randomized control pilot study (unpublished data; 2007).

Mrs. S had lymphedema of the left leg due to removal of inguinal lymph nodes and radiation after gynecological cancer surgery. She suffered from 23% volume increase in her lymphedematous leg as compared to her healthy right leg. After an intensive therapy of Complex Lymphatic Therapy (CLT) her lymphedema reduced to 3% volume difference and was maintained for 6 months. Following an allergy attack and a second tumor removal from her genitals, her lymphedema worsened and reached 17% compared with her healthy leg. Swimming 3 times a week and wearing the compression garment did not stop the exacerbation. She could not afford to take time off from her work once more for intensive CLT. Fortunately, 2.5 years later, an ALT program was launched close to her home. She attended the group sessions once weekly for 18 months. Furthermore, she wore a compression garment during the daytime between sessions and continued swimming twice weekly. In 4 months she reduced her swelling from 17% to 2% (-88%change) and maintained that for the rest of the year.

In summary, an aquatic environment is safe as long as it is being used in accordance with the principles discussed above. ALT is a method that can improve lymphedema and maintain the results of the intensive therapy. When summer comes dive in and take the pressure off your limbs!

Dorit Tidhar was trained in lymphedema therapy by Prof. Judith Casley-Smith in 1999 and was certified by her as a teacher in Self Management and Exercise for Lymphedema in 2003. Dorit designed a program of Aqua Lymphatic Therapy to help people who suffer from lymphedema maintain and improve results of conventional treatment. She is an active member of the steering committee of the Israel Lymphatic Interest Group of Physiotherapists. She has published five articles in scientific journals. She is now working at the McGill University Health Centre’s Lymphedema Clinic in Montreal as a clinician and instructor. She is coordinator of the educational program for lymphedema therapists and nurses in various subjects related to lymphedema.

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Thank you for this article Aqua Lymphatic Therapy ALT and Dorit  Tidhar  http://www.aqua-lymphatic-therapy.com/ If you wish to know more please click on this link…

Breathing before starting the exercises

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Video to show an Aquatic exercise for Lymphedema of the legs.

Video to show Aquatic exercise for the arm.

It’s not just about the leg.. I’ve hit a wall!!

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ME!!

Well for starters I thought it was time you saw my face and not just my legs!!!

It is four months since my surgery, on 14th March 2013, to have Lymph Nodes transferred from neck to knee to treat the Lymphoedema in my left leg. Due to the nature of blogs you will need to go back to the archives for March to read the initial posts re surgery.

I started this blog because I wanted to document mine and others journey’s through this very new surgery, Lymph Node Transfer. When I looked on the Internet I could find no information from patients or on post surgery progress. The videos I saw seemed to say patients had the surgery and then everything was ok!!! Often without a timeline to give an accurate perspective. At first I was going to keep a diary, as the first surgery to a leg in Australia, however I thought… What good is a diary hidden in a drawer? ….. so my blog was born with the help of my daughter.

While you are here please explore the other posts, as there is a great deal of information about and for Lymphoedema. Non of this replaces however an assessment and diagnosis by a doctor, preferably one who understands Lymphoedema!! Also a Lymphatic therapist can set you on the right track for the use of Manual Lymph Drainage, bandaging and compression garments. It is important that compression garments are correctly fitted, so as not to cause more problems. There are some great videos which help you to do self massage and exercises at home.

However as we all know this is a 24/7 battle to keep limbs as best we can… Surgery offers a ray of hope, though at this stage it is very new, but it certainly brings a light to the future. I give no opinion on the surgery other than to document progress in an open and honest way and allow others to make their own opinions. I will say the results are slow and it can take up to two years for the transferred nodes to grow. Everyone has a different story, different results and different progress, every doctor has a different protocol. Results for nodes transferred to arms is different to legs given the larger area and the pull of gravity. My experience is with my leg so I would love to hear someone’s personal experience with a transfer to the arm.

So far we are following the progress of Sue, Jennifer, Lori, Jessica, Christine and myself. There is also an inspirational story of Amy through her Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ninjas-Fighting-Lymphedema/110454419138265?ref=ts&fref=ts Ninjas Fighting Lymphedema… A must “like.” Via the Internet we are able to support and encourage each other so as not to feel so alone. When surgery is new there are few people to ask or talk to so this little “leg club” is great, it is something I never realised would be such a help when I started my blog. What we share is an emotional roller coaster of hope and expectation!

Before I finish, as I said in the title, I’ve hit a wall, not going forward or back but have reached a plateau! The doctor had said it was ok for me to start to swim again, but for a while I have been a little anxious about another infection, as this is why I stopped going to a pool in the past. However I found one that appears very, very clean and change rooms checked regularly, there is a pool nearer but it is not so well looked after, so I have been going to South Sydney Juniors. The best thing is that it is quiet and usually I can get a lane to myself, in the middle of the day, so no pressure to go fast. I spend thirty minutes, at least, walking in the water and treading water. This ensures that the legs are down and therefore the waters natural compression comes into play, more at the ankles and then less going up the body. This pool is also good as even in the shallow end the water is up to my arm pits thus stimulating the nodes in the whole body. I do enjoy the time spent with no compression or wraps on and I feel it helps my whole body to get stronger. After I drink plenty of water to help flush out the toxins from the body. Being in the water the limbs stay cool especially when it is to hot outside for walking…I know many of you feel a bit embarrassed to go to a pool but there are all shapes and sizes and once in the water no one sees you and everyone is focused on their own thing! Well I will see if this helps to get me over the wall and on to the other side!!

Anyone who has a story of Lymphedema I would love to hear from you either in the comments or by email helenbrd@bigpond.net.au if you are happy to share your story as a post just let me know. I hope to bring you further updates from everyone soon..

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