Lymphoedema – My Risk

Lymphoedema is a risk I now face as a result of surgery for breast cancer and an axillary clearance of my lymph nodes. How much of a risk I’m at, no one really seems to know. Depending on which member of the medical profession I ask, my risk of Lymphoedema is somewhere between 5% and 45%, and although it’s at its greatest within the first 3-5 years of surgery, it is something I will always face.

I’ve discovered there are a lot of things I can do that may help reduce my risk of Lymphoedema but that will also give my immune system and my lymphatic system a much needed boost too. As a result I’ve started to make some lifestyle changes to help my body to recover and adjust from the surgery but that can also be a lot of fun too. The changes are only small but as they say, it’s the little things that add up.

I will share all the information I’ve found and all the tips I’ve been given with you on this site. I hope you find it useful and I hope that you share it too.

miranda
Love Your Lymph 4 Life

P.S. I’ve been told there are no quick fixes or guarantees to any of this. I’ve simply chosen to try and live a healthier life and if there is a chance I can reduce my risk of Lymphoedema as a result, well that’s good enough for me.