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A letter to the American Medical Association (AMA) from Leslie Brady

Dr. Madera, my name is Leslie Brady. I'm a 55-year-old male with a rare Lymphedema diagnosis. I was diagnosed with Lymphedema in both legs, which is rare enough, but even rarer for men. I was diagnosed in 2015, and since I have spent thousands of dollars on stocking, glue, and treatments.

I also have severe bunions on my feet. However, because of Lymphedema, the Podiatrist I saw said he wouldn't do any type of surgery because of it.  I have Varicose veins, as well. The doctor I saw said he wouldn't treat them because of the Lymphedema. 

Another reason why I'm a rare case, I work full-time at a Wastewater facility for Tyson Foods and walk anywhere from 10,000 to 20,000 steps a day. I also carry 55 lb. bags up steps and go up and down other stairs several times a day. I'm not on disability, even though, I would easily qualify for it. 

I said all that to ask this and say this. Lymphedema has affected me severely. People stare at my legs and laugh sometimes also. Lymphedema is not curable. Treatments are embarrassing and sometimes very expensive because some insurance companies say it's not an important thing. 

I ask that you please help those of us that suffer with Lymphedema. We didn't choose this disease; it chose us and changed our lives forever. I can't do things I could before I had Lymphedema.

Thank you for your time and understanding. 


Leslie Brady