Can you imagine not being able to go to the dentist because the patient chair is unsuitable for anyone over 300 pounds? Or having an aversion to calling an ambulance because you feel it’s too embarrassing to be placed on the gurney?
The challenges of lipedema are far from just physical. The emotional anguish associated with everyday life takes a mental toll. For women judged by their size and taunted by those who assume they need to eat less and exercise more, the monthly Lipedema Patient Roundtable proves to be a safe and uplifting environment to share these stories.
Fresh off the publication of the US Magazine article featuring Dr. Jaime Schwartz and his star patient, Pale Ginger Pear, Cara Cruz shared the backstory that led to this worldwide press. Pain and methods to address it with aromatherapy and essential oils were also shared by Linda Anne Kahn. Questions surrounding knee surgery, and the benefits of Lympha Press pneumatic compression in tandem with manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) were discussed. The panelists “shimmered” as Glitter for Lipoedema, a UK initiative to raise awareness through social media on December 18th, was discussed.
As always, the importance of community took center stage in this Friendsgiving episode. Special guest April Sluder introduced TREND Community technology that exists to empower those impacted by chronic diseases. The hour flew by even quicker than usual, with closing thoughts of Thanksgiving and expressions of gratitude.
Special thanks to our panelists and moderator:
- Jenny Beaujean (@jenny_beaujean)
- Siouxie Boshoff (@lipedema.living)
- Angelique Charles (@thelippybutterfly)
- Pattie Cornute (@lipedemafitness)
- Cara Cruz (@palegingerpear)
- Linda Anne Kahn (@lindaannekahn)
- April Sluder (@thelipedemajourey)
- Brenda Viola (@brendaviola_vicicommunications)
Lympha Press created The Lipedema Patient Roundtable to support this community. It proudly offers the Optimal Plus, which is indicated by the FDA for the treatment of lipedema. To find out how Lympha Press can improve quality of life, visit www.lymphapress.com.