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,