Himalayan Salt the Powerful Healer

I am always researching natural treatments and tools that will help boost my immune system, promote circulation, and energize my body in order to increase proper lymph flow within my lymphatic system.  

Prior to leaving for my trip to Santa Barbara, CA I came across Salt.  It is a Salt Cave that is built from 100 percent Himalayan pink rock salt in its natural crystalline form.  Salt provides a unique environment to relax, recharge, and rejuvenate the body and mind. Their scrubs and massage treatments are followed by a 45 minute session of complete serentity in one of their beautiful salt caves breathing in the mineral-rich air.  Natural Pure Himalayan crystal salt contains many of the elements of which the human body is comprised.  Some of the health-enhancing qualities are electrolyte and pH balance (alkaline/acidity), promotes increased nutrient absorbtion in the intestines, improves circulation, strengthens bones, and lowers blood pressure.

Santa Barbara's Unique Underground Salt Caves

Santa Barbara’s Unique Underground Salt Caves

 A particular treatment Salt offers that sparked my interest was a Lymphatic Massage (a very gentle massage) yet different from Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) because they also use the Lymphstar Pro.  This is a tool used in conjunction with the massage to aid in detoxifying the lymphatic system, resulting in an increased movement of the protein rich fluid and in turn helping to boost the immune system.

LymphStar Pro Fusion, used in conjunction with the Lymphatic Massage

LymphStar Pro Fusion, used in conjunction with the Lymphatic Massage

I was at peace and so relaxed throughout the entire treatment and I can honestly say I have never heard or felt my entire system make such unique sounds.  I was able to actually feel movement of the Lymph fluid.  This was such an amazing feeling to know that my body was functioning the way it should!  I left there feeling so energized and refreshed.  Definitely an experience that I will add to my “toolbox” for maintaining my Lymphedema.  I will be researching similar options like Salt in Florida and around the globe for when I travel.

Living and Healing with Lymphedema,


For more information / Online Boutique Visit: http://www.saltcavesb.com

I got Salted in Santa Barbara and I loved it!

Mrs. Central Florida International is Saltsational

Mrs. Central Florida International is Saltsational

Creative * A process of surrender, not control

We hear the word “creative” being spoken about all around us, yet it has a different meaning to all.  It makes me think of artistic abilities, and a strategic approach “outside of the box” thinking pattern.  It never dawned on me that there was more meaning behind such a versatile word.

You see I was always creative from a tender young age starting my life out as a dancer, learning creative techniques and choreography to express myself through the love of music for over 20 years.  Fast forward to my life as a mature young woman; I found myself faced with an opportunity of a lifetime.  A position with the world’s leading cosmetic brand, MAC Cosmetics!  Although I had a passion for makeup throughout my dancing career as the two go hand in hand, I was not able to make the connection at the time as to why this door of opportunity would open.  I’ll be honest, I was not able to list any prior cosmetic retail history and my passion for makeup had everything to do with how it made me feel, not because I was “experienced.”

I would soon learn that my creative ability to apply color through highlighting and contouring certain aspects on other’s and myself would make a significant impact on my life.  Within months of completely feeling confident in my role I was struck with tragic news.  I received answers that I had been searching for since the age of 14, a diagnosis of bi-lateral Primary Lymphedema in my lower extremities.  I could not even make sense of what this meant for me, all I knew is that I couldn’t pronounce or even spell the word.

How could this happen?  I was young, healthy and a dancer my whole life; now looking at my legs which at one point were my greatest strength, now my greatest weakness.  Rather than speak out and highlight the truth I chose to contour my emotions by utilizing makeup to hide behind my Lymphedema.  Quickly my creative passion was dwindling because I had now placed more focus on controling every aspect of what I had and not surrendering to it.

It wasn’t until 2013 that I hit a breaking point within my journey and that is when I completely surrendered to my past and asked God to show me the purpose and plans He had set out before me.  So if I start at the lowest point of my body, He gave me the ability to utilize my feet to express to the world who I am and my creative talents of dance.  He then showed me that I was capable of utilizing my hands to touch lives through the power of color.  He is now continually opening doors of opportunity for me to use my voice and has increased my capability to bring a creative approach to Lymphedema awareness.  My voice is a reminder to no longer view my lower extremities as a weakness, but once again my greatest strength.  His purpose for me is to share my passion filled story of how my creative life began and that the legs and feet He placed on my body have and will continue to carry me throughout my journey.

Living Creative with Lymphedema,



The End of March – Lymphedema Awareness Month

Historically March isn’t a great month for me. I was diagnosed with cancer (both times) in March and also developed lymphedema in March. If my life was a fictional book, I might see the timing as some sort of epic foreshadowing, as if I was destined to one day declare March lymphedema awareness month. Developing cancer-related lymphedema was one of the most defining moments of my life. It changed the trajectory of my career, my goals, and the way I see the world.

I’m usually happy to see March end, but this year I’m a little sad to see it go. There has been such an incredible surge in lymphedema awareness this month that has both energized and consumed me. I find myself on Twitter and Instagram late at night searching #lymphedema and #LymphedemaOnEllen just to see if there are new posts.

By far, the best part of my new social media addiction is the wonderful people I’ve met. Even though I’ve worked in the lymphedema world for 8+ years, this is the first time I’ve had lymphedema friends and I’m loving it. It makes me feel connected and gives me hope that we will succeed in our shared mission to spread lymphedema awareness.

Thank you to Amy, my friend and blog co-author, and all of my new lymphie friends and siblings out there! You have helped make this an unforgettable March for me. Lets continue to keep the momentum up. I know in my heart that one day we will see lymphedema talked about on Ellen’s show!

All my best,


Drawing my new lymphie friend, Sarah, made of us! :)

Drawing from my new lymphie friend, Sarah.