Sunday, 9 November 2014

New book about people with Lymphedema

There is a new book out with stories and pictures of real people with Lymphedema. Its title is "Impressed by you" and it is published by the Dutch Lymphedema Network NLNet. It has been a huge success already with more than 2000 copies sold and now it has been published in English too. It contains stories from children, teenagers, women and men explaining what Lymphedema and Lipedema is and how it affects their life. The people behind the book wanted to put some light on Lymphedema and Lipedema but with the help of real patients instead of doctors and therapists. The idea is to present the people in the book as the strong and beautyful individuals they are and not as patients or victims and from what I have seen of the book they have really succeeded in doing just that. How refreshing!
The book also provides background information and an introduction by a doctor within lymphovascular medicin.

You can learn more about the book and also buy it here.


Monday, 13 October 2014

Hats off to Kathy Bates!

The talented actress Kathy Bates has become the spokeswoman for LE&RN - Lymphatic Education & Research Network. After a double mastectomy two years ago she now has Lymphedema in both arms. I am so sad to learn this but her situation is similar to so many other women out there, including some of you reading this. I think Kathy Bates is so cool for speaking up and coming out about having Lymphedema. I have often wondered what famous people did when developing Lymphedema. Hide in embarasment I suppose since one never hear about celebrities with Lymphedema. Ingrid Bergman had and also Elizabeth Edwards but apart from that I don't know of anyone.
I really hope Kathy Bates will succeed in bringing focus on Lymphedema and the challenges we have. If you want you can listen to her story here.

If you too want to help educate others about Lymphedema you can download and print my little flyer and give it to who you think could benefit - ie your family doctor, your biglegged next door neighbor, other clinics, the notice board at the local supermarkets or somewhere else. Find the link here

I am sorry it's been so long. I have been so busy but I have lots to tell you and show you. I got a job, yay! I have started working in a markting department where I will be making product sheets, updating homepages, designing ads and brochures etc. etc. My new colleagues are very nice and my office is comfy. My days are long though as I have some commuting. I get up at 5.45 and I am home at 5.30. Still, I am so relieved that I am, at least for now, is out the stinky swamp that looking for work is that I don't care about the journey back and forth.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Compression pump on auction now


Some months ago I put my compression pump up for sale on eBay and as it has not yet been sold I have now put it up for auction. The auction ends soon. You can see it here and place a bid if you are interested. Again, it probably makes most sense for Europeans to buy it as the shipping costs outside Europe are very high but I will send it worldwide, with tracking and insurance only. Have a look!

Update: Sold.

Monday, 16 June 2014

I've got sandals, yay!

I recently bought these leather sandals that I am hoping I will be wearing a lot this summer. I was inspired by Hutch’s picture in this post and when I saw these I thought I had to check them out and see if it would work. I think they look very femine and simple, perhaps a little girlish. My Lymphedema foot does look big but I will only wear them with long trousers anyway so perhaps it will be allright. I wear a toecap so I can't wear opentoe sandals/shoes but these ones hides it enough while it still provides some air for my feet.

I got them in two different sizes, one size for each foot and I am selling their lonely partners on eBay. If you want you can check them out here.
They are US 7 (right) and 8 (left). UK sizes are 5 and 6 and European is 38 and 39.


Friday, 6 June 2014

Cute little film about Lipedema

I just saw on Helen Samias blog that June is Lipedema Awareness Month and as this condition is somewhat related to Lymphedema I thought I'd share the link to a cool little cartoon about living with Lipedema. As a Lymphedema patient I can relate to the first bit about ones leg suddenly sweeling for no apparent reason and the frustration that comes with it. Check it out, it is quite sweet. It is made by Lipoedema Australian Support Society (LASS).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUqyV0Koi9I&feature=youtu.be

Saturday, 31 May 2014

Selling my compression pump

I have decided to sell my old compression pump, the PulsePress Multi12 on eBay. I also have a Lympha Press so the PulsePress is just sitting in its box not being used. It is in good condition and have not been used much. It will probably make most sense for Europeans to buy it as the shipping costs outside Europe for a 7 kg beast are horrendous.
You can view the pump here. I am also still selling the lonely partners of my odd-sized shoes, check them out here. I have a couple more than listed at this time as they are more for winter but do ask if you are interested. I have just listed some leather sandals with closed toes, check them out.

Since I heard about CNN's Freedom Project many months ago I have been wanting to support organisations that helps women and children that are victims of slavery or for other reasons need help. Last month I donated some money to an organisation that helps victims of acid violence. One can donate as little or as much as desired and with PayPal. If you want you can check it out here:
http://www.acidviolence.org/

I have been thinking about giving the cabbage poultice another try, perhaps doing it every night for a month or so. I really think this is a powerful remedy and who knows if it could help us. More about this soon.

Thank you for your comments, they really mean a lot to me and to other readers. I am sorry I am being so slow to reply.

Update: Sold.

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Stem cell therapy for Lymphedema

A while ago I got a tip about an online diary of a woman who is undergoing a new kind of treatment for Lymphodema in South Korea. It is a combination of Liposuction and Lymphosuction, to clear the site where the lymphatic system has been damaged, followed by intravenous stem cell therapy.

This lady has Lymphedema an Lipedema in both her legs due to surgery that went wrong. On her blog she shares her experiences from before her surgery and up till now where she is today, which is a very good place, it seems.

You can read her very first post shortly before the surgery here, where she explains a little about the procedure. On the mainsite you can find the posts that followed.

This lady links to another online surgery diary. I am not sure whether they are having the exact same operation but do check it out.

I am sorry it has been so long since my last post. I am well and things are good. Still no sign of a job, but things seems to be picking up a little and there have been more openings lately so I am hopeful. The wonderful man is still here and still wonderful. His name is Glenn. He really doesn't care about my leg. He sometimes helps me roll up bandages, how sweet is that! I think we are good together. While being in the middle of it I am also observing this wonderful thing that has happened to me. It is kind of unreal and very different - good different - than other attemps into relationsships I have had. I can be me.

I recently recieved the maxi dress on the pictures below, it is really not too bad. I will see if I can take a picture wearing it so you can see what it really looks like. I need to stop buying clothes from China on eBay as the quality is often not very good and the pictures can be very different from what you actually get but I was lucky with this one. The quality is not too bad. The dress is quite long too and not Asian sized. I am 168 cm high and is long enough for me. It comes in many different colours. I bought it here. The colour is a little bit different from the pictures but not dramatically.


Thursday, 27 March 2014

Tip for arm lymphers

To my page about Shopping for Lymphedema wear there is a comment from a reader with arm Lymphedema, asking for advice about clothing. I thought about a loosefitting, baggy top under a stylish corsage in order to provide room for her arm and maintaining shape on her upper body not to mention looking stylish. I really think a long sleeved baggy top takes the non-decency right out if the corsage and makes it look rather elegant. One could have a number of tops to combine with the same corsage. What do you guys think? Please throw a comment!

Something like this. This one has a lace-up back. I found it here.

With a top a little like this under, perhaps without the thing in the middle.
I found it on eBay but lost the link (I searched for chiffon top).

 
Or this one, that I got for myself a little while ago.

It would probably look a little like this, only more
baggy over the bust, which I think would look nice.

I also found some funky bustiers/corsages here.

I wonder if one could use a strappy top over a baggy top instead of a corsage, or if it would look too bulky. I might give it a try and see how it goes, will let you know. 





Friday, 7 March 2014

Loveliness

Hi everyone! I am sorry it's been so long.
I have some breaking news. Breaking news for me.

I have met someone. A sweet, loving, gorgeous, kind man. He doesn't care about me having Lymphedema and about my poxy stocking. My horrible secret. The first couple of times we were together he didn't even notice it! I did do my best to hide it though, as silly and insecure as I am when it comes to my Lymphedema and the stocking. However, when he discovered he was not disgusted. At all. We talked about it and since then he has told me many times that it doesn't matter. And it really doesn't. Unbelievable! I can potter around in my stocking and put it on in front of him and he has even looked Lymphedema up and read a little about it! Life seems easy now. No hiding. No horrible secret. What a mindblowing and unreal relief! I never thought this would happen. In the years that have passed since my Lymphedema started I have sometimes wondered if I should ever feel the nearness of someone again this way. Now I do.
Who knows what the future holds but if this should end I will be warm inside when looking back at it and at him and the fact that he thought I was beautyful and wonderful and that he saw right through the dodgy packaging and into what I have to give. I feel so lucky.

The other day I spend the afternoon together with Sophisticated Tina. She looked more stylish than ever with a really cool haircut - very short on the sides and a little longer on the top, dyed black. A  fauxhawk. A little bit like this or this. I think she is so cool for daring to have such a hairstyle at 50! And she really pulls it off. As we were sitting in a coffeeshop I was expecting some style agent to come over and discover her any minute. We walked around in the city for a bit and checked out a couple of shops. She is really good at spotting potential outfits and I felt almost encouraged to shop again, or at least investigate.

I am listening to this song. It is in Danish but check it out anyway. It is a beautyful and intense ballad about trusting your destiny and love while lifes little electric shocks pushes your around. If the link above doesn't work in your country try this one. It is slower but still beautyful.


Saturday, 8 February 2014

Odd size shoes

Yay, I have sold two Converse sneakers and one Sorel boot on eBay, to buyers in France, Russia and England!

I have put my other odd-size shoes up for sale too, but as these are not universal like Converse and Sorel I am selling these in pairs. Check them out here. In the individual ads I have put in the US sizes as well as European and UK. They are the partners of the shoes that I use for myself so these are unused.

Last week I started on a yoga course for people with cardiac or lymphatic disfunctions and it was allright. I think it will be even better in the weeks to come. There were six of us and three of us have Lymphedema. I have seen one of the others in the patient association. The instructor is a Lymphedema therapist so she knows about the lymphatic system, Lymphedema and the troubles we as Lymphedema patients can have so I think it is going to be good.

These are the shoes I am selling on eBay - click on the pictures to check them out on eBay:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-odd-size-sneakers-39-and-40-UK-5-5-and-6-5-/171226937582?pt=UK_Women_s_Shoes&hash=item27ddebb8ee

http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-odd-size-sneakers-39-and-40-UK-5-5-and-6-5-/171226939658?pt=UK_Women_s_Shoes&hash=item27ddebc10a

http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-odd-size-hi-top-sneakers-39-and-40-UK-6-and-7-/171226932450?pt=UK_Women_s_Shoes&hash=item27ddeba4e2

http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-odd-size-sneakers-38-and-39-UK-5-and-6-/171225540732?pt=UK_Women_s_Shoes&hash=item27ddd6687c

http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-odd-size-dressy-boots-39-and-41-UK-6-and-8-/171226935048?pt=UK_Women_s_Shoes&hash=item27ddebaf08



Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Funky, stylish outfits for lymphers

A little while ago I was going through some of the links that I share on Shopping for Lymphedema wear and to my delight I found quite a few funky, stylish, widelegged outfits from the french label Coline. Go directly to the pants/trousers section here and see for yourself, it is incredible, especially for those with really big legs! The styles below are both around 25€ (34$) and come in five colours.




Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Happy 2014!

Hi everybody,

wishing you a Happy New Year! I hope 2014 will be a good year for you all. And for me. I hope that we will all find strength to deal with the challenges we have.
I guess this is the time of year for big thoughts. Mine are about living my life more intense, not wasting so much precious time. Making something of myself. I think all this has to do with turning 40 last year, it's been quite big for me. I don't want to be sorry and regret when my time is up. But what to do? I don't feel all that optimistic about the new year but who knows, perhaps it will bring some opportunities. A job. I know it is my responsibility. Sorry about this, I didn't mean to bring you down.

I hope you all had a beautyful, peaceful Christmas with loved ones. I did. Most of the time anyway. Christmas eve, which is the big one here, was spend with parents and one of my brothers. Really nice. I got some really nice presents, among them a coffee table from IKEA that I have had my eyes on for a while. It will go really well with my sofa. It was first launched in 1955 and was known for being the first furniture delivered in a flat package and that costumers was to assemble themselves at home. It's been away but has recently been relaunched. It is out of stock at the moment so I will have to be patient a litttle while longer. I also got the book River Cottage Veg Every Day which was on my wishlist. I have already marked quite a few recipes that I must try as soon as. The cute Hugh is so popular overhere. Can I have him as my personal cook, please?

I gave some nice presents too. I got my nephew and two nieces a cool water bottle from Stelton each, green for the boy, pink and purple for the girls. I'd like to get one for myself. I got Mum a beautyful scarf and Dad a perfume. For my brothers I got a nice desert wine, baked some Italian almond cookies and wrapped it all up nicely. Amazing what you can get away with with cellophane and a golden ribbon!

Tomorrow I am going to the personal shopper again, yay! I have three giftcards that I am going to use. I am excited to see what she has picked for me. Will let you know, of course.