Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates, who also has lymphedema, encouraged Cam Ayala at a critical juncture in his lymphedema journey: “Your pain is your strength.”
Though open about his chronic condition in front of The Bachelorette cameras, show producers edited out every instance of the word “lymphedema” from the episodes that aired, robbing Cam of the chance to share his story. “Even worse,” he says, “they took away an opportunity for 20 million Americans with lymphedema to see someone with their condition represented on TV.”
Now, as a LE&RN Celebrity Ambassador, Cam’s bold, confident approach to living with lymphedema is unedited for all the world to see.
In this article, learn how Cam suffered in silence since his lymphedema diagnosis at age eleven. Enduring over 13 surgical procedures, seven serious infections, lost professional opportunities and broken relationships, discover how he became not only a person who fights back, but also one who gives back.
Be inspired by this 7-minute read.
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