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Breast cancer's life saving surgery is the number one cause of lymphedema in the U.S. With approximately 240,000 cases of breast cancer diagnosed each year (2007 American Cancer Society), this one year of cases would form a line about 90 miles long. Yes, an hour and a half driving at 60 miles per hour! As we drive along this line there may be as many as thirty-five percent that will develop lymphedema. Educating yourself is critical to take yourself to a management level with lymphedema.
Don't know what lymphedema is? Think of your arm or leg as a water balloon filled with a protein rich fluid. Now you know!
The information in this book will give you down to earth common sense things you can do which may prevent or manage lymphedema. You will learn the chemistry of foods, and make choices which are friendly to the body. You will discover a simple way of eating to allow more peristaltic action of your lymphatic vessels. Fix your sights on management - not maintenance.
In order to exercise self-responsibility you must have tools, acting with knowledge will eliminate the frustration of leaving all your lymphedema care to others. You will have a life time risk for lymphedema with lymph node removal, now is the time to be empowered in building new habits to assure the best possible quality of life.