A is for Acceptance. You can deny that you have lymphedema and get worse, or you can accept it, learn how to live with it, and do very well.
B is for Bandaging. And we all know this is a necessity.
C is for Courage. Why? Because every time you go out in public someone is going to ask, "What happened to you?" It takes courage to be able to educate your friends and family as well as strangers about lymphedema.
D is for Denial. It doesn't work. (please refer to A)
E is for Exercise. There are breathing and limb exercises, which are proven to be effective in treating lymphedema.
F is for Forgiveness. On those days when you just have to cry because you are so overwhelmed, go ahead and cry! Then realize you are human and forgive yourself.
G is for Giving. You have lived with lymphedema and have valuable information, which can help others who are struggling. Join or organize support groups.
H is for Help. Ask for it. You will be surprised how many people are willing to give it without expecting anything in return.
I is for Information. Seek it anywhere, doctors, nurses, internet, NLN, therapists. The more you no, the more educated decisions you can make.
J is for Justice. There is none! (Refer to A)
K is for Kindness. Especially to yourself.
L is for Laughter. It truly is the best medicine, look for it and enjoy the humor in life.
M is for Maintenance. Lymphedema CANT be cured, but if you follow your maintenance program you can manage and maintain it.
N is for No. This is a small word in the English language that is underused by people who find it difficult to take care of them.
O is for Overwhelmed. This occurs when you think, " I have got to do what for the rest of my life?" You just have to do it for today. Yesterday is gone and tomorrow hasn't arrived yet.
P is Prevention. Follow the 18 preventions steps provided by the NLN.
Q is for Quality. The quality of your life with lymphedema is ultimately up to you.
R is for R-e-s-p-e-c-t. This was a hit record for Aretha Franklin.
S is for Symptoms. Know what symptoms you need to report to your doctor and therapist.
T is for Treatment. Treatment is available. Learn what options are out there and educate your physician.
U is for Urgent. Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today when it comes to caring about your lymphedema.
V is for Victorious. You can overcome your lymphedema even if you can't cure it.
W is for Wise. Be a wise consumer. Learn all you can about your options and facilities.
X is for Xylophone. This has nothing to do with Lymphedema.
Y is for Yacht. Or Yak or Yellow or, or, or.
Z is for Zilch. This is how much help the ABC's of Lymphedema will probably give you. But if you giggled once it was therapeutic..
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