Hey Survivor Sisters. I've been going to physical therapy for my recently diagnosed lymphedema and it's been great. I'm 5 years cancer free and I wish I had had this physical therapy 4 years ago. I thought I would get relief for, what I've been told is incurable lymphedema, and at least keep the slight swelling in check. The swelling in my hand has actually been reduced by 10 cm so far.
The best part is the massages I've been getting that are breaking up the scar tissue at the surgery site. It is bringing the circulation back and the radiation burns are starting to fade. I am getting feeling back at the surgery site, too. These are great extra perks that I didn't expect. Especially after so much time has passed.
So Sisters, if you haven't already done so, take advantage of the services offered by your hospital, if you can. Next month I'm going to a free lymphedema lecture, to learn more about the most recent treatments, risk reduction practices, and precautions.
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