Each year, the National Lymphedema Network (NLN) celebrates Lymphedema Awareness “D” Day to honor lymphedema patients and raise awareness about the medical condition.
Lymphedema is swelling caused by the build-up of fluid, typically in the arms or legs, that can develop when the lymph nodes are removed. Lymphedema is most often associated with breast cancer, but it also may occur as a result of other cancers and cancer treatments, as well as non-cancerous conditions.
As part of Lymphedema “D” Day you can honor a friend, loved one or patient who struggles with the condition. Honorees will receive a personalized certificate and be featured in the July issue of Lymphlink, the NLN’s quarterly news publication. To participate, send the following to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 1:
- The patient’s name and age
- Type of lymphedema (primary or secondary, arm(s), leg(s), other)
- Date honored
- Honored by (your name, facility if any, phone or email address to contact you if needed)
- Where (city & state)
- A very brief statement about why you chose this particular patient
- The patient’s mailing address or email if you would like them to receive a NLN Congratulations card
Learn more about managing lymphedema:
Cancer and Lymphedema newsletter
Tips for managing lymphedema