Acworth, GA

My journey began in June of 2014 when I was diagnosed with Stage 3B Invasive Ductal Carcinoma. Several months of chemo, radiation , surgery etc. left me with lymphadema in my left arm. Swelling was minimal to start, and then, just got much larger, hardening and hurting. I started therapy, and wrapping the arm , etc. seemed to help, but still after unwrapping it just got bigger again. I am now on a lymphedema pump everyday for one hour each day for the rest of my life, I guess. Seems to keep the pain down, but the size of my arm is still not good. It interferes with the clothing I can wear, and feels very heavy most of time. I do wear a compression sleeve everyday, all day. No one ever told me that this was going to happen, so it has definitely played a big part in retrictions for some activites and wearing certain clothing. I hope that someday they can find a better way to control the problem before it starts.