Des Moines, Iowa

When I was 27 I was diagnosed with cervical cancer and had to have lymph nodes removed and receive radiation because the cancer was in my lymph nodes. Five years later I developed lymphedema in both my legs and have suffered with it for 16 years. I frequently get cellulitis which is very painful but antibiotics usually clears it up. The simple task of shopping for pants is frustrating, something most people take for granted. I just have to stay positive and thank god I survived this journey.