Co-Chair Texas Chapter
I am an RN who retired in 2019 from the #1 recommended brand of compression manufacturer where I had been employed for over 20 years. My last 4 years with the company was in the role of Medical Education Advisor working primarily to assist lymphedema patients with the correct compression garments for their needs and to insure they were fit properly while also educating medical professionals regarding lymphedema. In January of 2019 I was fortunate to be able to attend Klose Training and I received my CLT. While I did not practice as a therapist, the training allowed me to better assist my patients with their garment needs. Unfortunately, approximately 6 weeks later, I was diagnosed with cancer of the hypopharynx and underwent 35 radiation treatments and 7 rounds of chemo. In November of 2019, I was diagnosed with Lymphedema on the right side of my neck. I received wonderful care from a therapist trained in Head and Neck treatment. Subsequently I retired in December of 2019. I had worked with the Texas Chapter of LERN in my position as MEA so naturally as a patient I wanted to do all I can to help promote awareness of Lymphedema. I am honored to be the Co-Chair of the Great State of Texas’ chapter of LERN.