Posts Tagged ‘lymphedema’

Renewal: Spring Is Here

Friday, April 6th, 2012

Welcome again guest blogger Carolyn Newman, breast cancer survivor, lymphedema aficionado and ultimate warrior. Take it away Carolyn!

It has been almost 5 years since radiation. After 6 months of Chemotherapy and a 13-hour double Mastectomy with Tram Flap Reconstruction, I recall being disheartened by the thought of having to have radiation and even more upset that the doctors gave me little choice. Somehow, I thought I would escape it.

Never the less, I completed radiation on March 21, 2007, the first day of spring. A time for renewal.

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Is Your Arm Fat?

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Welcome guest blogger Carolyn Newman, warrior extraordinaire. She is a breast cancer survivor and Founder and President of Warrior Wear, Inc., a company that manufactures a fashionable line of affordable covers ups for  lymphedema sleeves.

I am not a doctor, only a Lymphatic Fanatic.  I am a 5 year breast cancer survivor with Lymphedema in my right arm.  I am one of the 30% of women who will get Lymphedema as a result of a compromised lymphatic system due to surgery, removal of lymph nodes and radiation.  In fact, all breast cancer patients and survivors are at risk if their lymphatic system has been compromised from any of the aforementioned treatments for breast cancer.  I know this because I have done my research.  Like some of you, I have thoroughly researched everything to death!

Research can be good.  Being an informed patient is tantamount to recovery.  Being your best advocate and striving for risk reduction and prevention of further disease and illness is our global goal and responsibility. (more…)

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