Welcome to the new version of Lymphedema Community!
Fantastic. Welcome to the profession. I wish you the best in this important field and patient population.
Hi everyone! It's been awhile but I wanted to welcome everyone new to the group! I look forward to participating in some good dialogue!
Today, we lost someone from our community who meant so much to so many of us, including myself. I will miss Pat terribly, although we never met in person. The below is reposted from the Advocates for Lymphedema Yahoo group; it is truly a very sad day. :(
It is with great sadness that I must send this message.
Pat O'Connor, Founder of Lymphedema People, Huge Advocate for those who have Lymphedema, etc., passed away this morning in his sleep,per a message that I received via the Lymphedema People Facebook Group page per his son.
He leaves behind a huge group of friends and family including daughter - Emily and family, son - Patrick Jr and family as well as several sisters and other family members.
Once I have more information in regards to funeral/memorial I will pass on all
Has anyone had any experiences with a pre-cancerous growth or a canceros gowth on their lympedemic arm? Was at the Dermatologist Tues ( Mother, Father and Brother have all had melanoma's) and I asked her to check a normal looking freckle on my arm which is lymphedemic (is that a word?) from having 18 lymph nodes removed in 2007 from infiltrating breast cancer. Three were positive but the surgeon took them all while waiting for results (one Path. said yes, the other thought no the third confirmed yes) and te nodes were imbedded n my muscle so very hard to find and take out (so the surgeon said). Anyway, after she checked the freckle she told me it looked suspicious and she would have to carve it out along with another normal looking one on my ankle and send them for a path report. As I was driving home the lymph fluid soaked 4 bandages (they were small) and I am wondering if this thing comes back positive, what can I expect. She showed me the one on my arm with her "magic light" and this thing that looked completely normal to the naked eye had 3 tiny circles of dark gray in the upper right side of it. I know if I have to get more taken out I will have to see a plastic surgeon but since there are no lymph nodes there would I have to have chemo again? I am just trying to prepare myself mentally. Thanks for any info/insight, etc....Weatherly