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Review for Lymphatic Education & Research Network, New York, NY, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

After breast cancer and a lumpectomy, I developed lymphedema in my right arm. No one told me after the breast cancer surgery about lymphedema. Only after my arm swelled and I went to a physical therapist did I learn not to lift more than 5 lbs. Some of my pots and pans weigh more than that! When I heard Kathy Bates talk about her lymphedema, and the orgaanizaton LEARN, I joined immediately. LEARN has given me hope for a better quality of life, living with the lymphedema. Their research on options to take care of lymphedema, especially transplanting lymph nodes from different areas of the body. LEARN is dedicated to raise the public awareness of this dreaded disease. More research needs to be done to find a cure. LEARN is on the cutting edge of research and helping to raises the awareness of the medical field. I don't think doctors know that much about lymphedema. I have been hospitalized for six days, twice in a year and a half from cellulitis in my arm. I had peeled an orange with my fingers and one finger became sore. Sure enough, it caused cellulitus. I feel confident that LEARN will find a cure, and educate patients as well as the medical field and lead the way in finding other options.

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