Lymphedema

            For most of us-breast cancer survivors the story is shared:  First you find the lump that can kill, then depending on its kind you go through surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, hormonal therapy or targeted therapies (Herceptin or others).  Once it is all finished, you hope that’s it, you can breathe again. As in some war movies where bombs are falling, shootings, screams to make your blood curdle, and then it’s all quiet again. Unfortunately, if lymph nodes have been removed or irradiated because they might hide some cancer cells, then lymphedema may raise its head, sometimes soon after surgery, but at other times, years later.  There is no “cure” but it can be managed. I hope the stories that follow help you with that.

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