Mindset can be everything
As a sufferer or thriver (depending on my daily mindset), with Lymphedema, life can have its challenges from daytime compression stockings, to nighttime wraps, to lifestyle modifications, to staying strong for your kids, to finding shoes that fit both feet. Oh, that last one I need to psych myself up for. But, like any challenge, there can be an upside too if you look for it or accept it. I recently got to partake in a lymphedema research study at U of A, and the preliminary results sound promising!
Lymphedema is really what gave me the drive to create my own skincare company. I wanted natural products that were toxin-free but hard working on my dry skin. At the time way back in the early 2000s, this was tough to find. I began experimenting in my kitchen with my cousin Michelle who helped and shared laughs with me. The products were a hit with friends and family, who ultimately gave me that push to go further. It's been a slow building progress to get to PLANTiful, but I'm so happy that I'm here and that I chose this path. A path that enabled me to use my condition as a driver to create a better life for myself and others.
Community can bring light to your life like never before
Having a chronic disease, especially one that isn't well known about can be overwhelming. So, finding a network of supporters can be a lifeline and really bring light to your life. I found my #lymphie support group through instagram over the last couple years and it's been a game changer for me keeping me motivated, learning about new products, lifestyle modifications or #lymphiehacks as we like to call them! If you know someone with instagram, tell them to lookout for us on IG. Some of the awesome lymphie thrivers are: @lymphielife, @lymphosaurus_rex, @movemylymph, @ninjasfightinglymphedema, @ladylymphoedema, @lymph_it_up, @cythings and @nourishedlymph (that's me). Also, a new organization another lymphie is building is called @chronically_motivated and I'm happy to share that I will be an ambassador!
March 6th is world lymphedema day to help bring awareness to this condition and support those who have it. Join me in celebrating this day!
I will be joining in local events that day and having an ONLINE sale in support of world lymphedema day with a portion of the proceeds going to a lymphedema organization of my choice. Enjoy 25% off all orders that day. Enter: WorldLymphDay at checkout in our online shop and you are all set!