Hi Friends and Family, I am partnering with Lymphatic Education & Research Network and raising money for 2019 NY Run/Walk to Fight Lymphedema (LE) & Lymphatic Diseaes (LD).
I am the mother of two wonderful boys and a wife who also happens to be a cancer survivor. I was diagnosed in 2004 and had successful surgery in December of that year. In 2008, I began to notice swelling in my left ankle, and after countless doctor visits and swelling inching up my leg, I finally was properly diagnosed in 2011 with secondary lymphedema. In 2008, my doctor told me the swelling was because I was “getting old.” At age 33, that was not an answer, and I had to do a lot of advocating for myself to finally get on the path to maintenance.
The lymphedema actually was the result of the surgery that cured my cancer. I live with a larger leg, but things could be so much worse. Now I am the secretary of the NY State Chapter of the Lymphatic Education & Research Network, and I share my story in the hopes that others will not sit silent when they notice something is not right with their bodies. We have to be our own best advocates!
To read more, please visit my blog at lymphelisa.wordpress.com.
I sincerely appreciate your support for this fundraiser and my goal. You can donate now and by hitting “Give Now” on the upper right.
You can give with any major credit card and it only takes 30 seconds. I appreciate it so very much.
Thank you for joining me!