Breast Cancer and Lymphedema my Journey
I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1996, I was 39, it was found through a breast reduction and I was in stage 1. I did not have a 2nd opinion, I was at a good hospital so I just did what the doctor’s told me to do. I was so scared. I had radiation, I had “27” lymph nodes removed and 5 years later developed lymphedema in my left arm. What a horrible thing to have to live with. Well to make a long story short, it’s been 19 years and I found a procedure called “vascularized lymphnode transfer surgery”. I went through the first visit with the surgeons, the lymphedema therapist and had a 2 1/2 hour MRI. I finally got a call that I was a candidate and am having the surgery February 17, 2016 at the UF Health Cancer Center in Orlando. This is a very exciting break through for those of us that suffer from lymphedema.