Santa Fe Springs , California

My story goes like this.

I'm a 36-year-old man living with lymphedema. For the past 19 years, I have never received any help or physical therapy. I have lost a marriage, relationships, and even a job. It took for me to get terminated from that job to get help from a good doctor. He took one look at my leg and said to me you have lymphedema. From there, I had ultrasounds done and different procedures just to help out the swelling and the pain that I was feeling. It makes me sad and upset that there hasn't been a cure in such a long time but I have faith that one day there will be. I blame no one but myself for being on that surgeons table in 1997. I just sometimes wish that my life would have been taken from me instead of spared then and having to live with this condition.

As you can see from my photo I don't wear shorts anymore. I know one day I will be able to put them back on. I struggle with every day life walking, sitting, and standing for too long. I don't feel normal but now I know that I'm not alone I thought I was at one point but I'm glad I found this website and other support groups and that I'm finally going to receive physical therapy. It's a long time waiting but I'm glad that there is some kind of hope. I want to say thank you to all of you that help and support your family or friends that suffer with this condition and for those of you that have this condition. I pray for you and your families every day,

May God bless you and stay strong.