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VIDEO: Battle Your Lymphedema with Toe Caps

25 Jun

Battling lymphedema is all about arming yourself with the right weapons to fight the disease.

Watch this video to find out how many butterflies toe caps earn on Lymphedema Diary’s five-butterfly rating system (The butterfly is the international symbol of lymphedema).

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VIDEO: To Dry Brush, or Not to Dry Brush? That is the Question.

1 Feb

Dry brushing is a detox method touted in many health and beauty publications for its ability to encourage weight loss, reduce cellulite and stimulate lymphatic flow.  But is dry brushing a good idea for lymphies?

Watch this video to find out how many butterflies dry brushing earns on Lymphedema Diary’s five-butterfly rating system. (The butterfly is the international symbol of lymphedema)

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VIDEO: A New Year’s Resolution for My Lymphedema

31 Dec

As the clock strikes midnight this New Year’s Eve, it will mark the beginning of my 20th year of living, coping and, yes, thriving with lymphedema!  In this video, I share the resolution that will help me not just to survive, but to THRIVE, with lymphedema.

Happy New Year to all my fellow lymphies!

Happy New Year!

 

 

VIDEO: The Perfect Wintertime Lymphedema Activity

7 Feb
Compression stockings alone do not move lymph fluid.  They help prevent more fluid from collecting.  Only exercise (combined with compression stockings), massage and therapeutic devices can propel lymph fluid through uncooperative lymph vessels back toward the heart, where it belongs.
I do my best to exercise regularly, because exercise stimulates lymphatic flow. In the wintertime, however, it is more difficult for me to get motivated to exercise.Here in New York state, we have had a great deal of the fluffy white stuff this winter. If you live in a similar area, you might want to try an exercise that’s fun, great for lymphedema and sure to keep you moving during these cold months. It’s called snowshoeing.

(Click below to watch the video for a demonstration – or read the transcript that follows – to see how snowshoeing is a perfect lymph fluid-moving wintertime activity.)

Special thanks go to my mother and brother, who gave me the snowshoes and poles as a Christmas present this year.  My family has always encouraged me to try new things as I cope with lymphedema.  You never know what new activity, product or routine could make an impact in the successful management of this condition. I am very lucky to have cheerleaders to keep pushing me past my comfort zone, and to make sure I never lose hope that we all can find a better way to live with lymphedema.

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VIDEO: LD Compression Stocking Tip #1: Use the Floor

5 Jan

Like many people with lymphedema, when I was first diagnosed, I was told to wear compression stockings every waking hour for the rest of my life.  But I wasn’t told anything else about compression stockings.  This video kicks off a featured blog series of compression stocking survival tips called, “A Leg Up: Compression Stocking Tips – What the Doctors Don’t Tell You.”  Throughout the series, I will share information that I wish I had been told the day I was diagnosed.

Get a leg up on your lymphedema – click below to watch or read the transcript that follows.  Please share, comment and sign up for email alerts, so you don’t miss any future tips.  My next tip will be on “Where to Buy Compression Stockings.”

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