“Owning” her lymphedema in her own way
Jackie, a 59 year old real estate agent, refuses to let her lymphedema get in the way of the activities she loves. Before she was diagnosed, she was a fly-fishing instructor. Even though she is no longer teaching, this is still one of her favorite activities. Jackie has tried out many garments that she refused to accept as “good enough”. She remembers one of her first garments that was just too tight: it caused painful indents and skin irritation on her wrist and upper arm. She also found it nearly impossible to put on by herself. Jackie is always looking for the best therapy solutions for her.
“It just didn’t work… I couldn’t get it on and one time I even gave myself a black eye when trying to put it on. But then when I did have it on it was so painful. I tried it for a couple of days and threw it out as I thought, life is too short!…You have to own it (lymphedema) and find out yourself what’s working”
- Jackie, CO