having flaws and handicaps as a younger person as I thought of some more. One of them is a woman related to me, a horse stepped on one of her fingers so bad it had to come off. I think it was quite hard for her back then, she must have been a teenager when it happened but I imagine she has learnt to live with it. At least she survived. Horse accidents can be fatal.
At the patient weekend recently we watched a really wellmade DVD that the patient association created about Lymphedema and living with Lymphedema in order to bring attention to Lymphedema and enlighten patients, doctors and others. One of the patients interviewed, a strong, beautyful woman in her late 40'ties, I imagine, ended up with Lymphedema after cancer, surgery, chemo etc. and it made an impression on me when she said something along the lines of "I got Lymphedema and it sucks but I survived, I still have my life". That makes sense. Mine is Primary and came out of nowhere so it is a little different. Still – and when others told me this in the beginning it would piss me off so much – it could be much worse. It could be better too though.
The last one on the list so far is a man in my Qi Gong/Martial Art class. He suffers from a condition that gradually is narrowing his sight and he is going blind. I think it might be Tunnelvision. He can only see things that are in front of him, he can't see things from anywhere near the corner of his eyes. I feel sad and frustrated about him loosing his sight. He is only 41 or 42, I think. When I learnt I got this urge for him to make the most of his sight before it is too late and see as much beauty as possible. Well, he does see me two times a week, but still... ;-) Just kidding.
Life is liveable with Lymphedema too. We must live while we can, who knows what's ahead.