Some things come to you with the force of a mission. So it was that I was inspired to write Liz’s Lymphedema Logbook. I didn’t expect to be doing this. I had made my decision in 2007 that I wouldn’t write about my journey through breast cancer, the treatments and beyond. FYI Breast cancer treatments, specifically surgery and radiation, are risk factors in the development of lymphedema.
One day, I got a call from a beloved Aunt. She had just learnt she has lymphedema and she turned to me. I would be able to give her guidance. I, in her mind, was an expert. I’ll give her one thing; I’ve been in her shoes. However, I wasn’t there any longer. Oh, don’t leap to the conclusion that I no longer have lymphedema because I do. Lymphedema is a chronic condition. In my mind chronic meant severe, or serious, but it actually means forever.
Within her bit of flattery was a truth. I had been diagnosed with lymphedema in 2008, and at that time became motivated to change my life.
“I became an active self-manager and my lymphedema responded favorably. I was fortunate, but I worked at it.”
The second indicator, that this was my book to write, came in the form of a casual book loan. I had happened on the subject of ‘blogging a book’ and I was freshly inspired by the words inside. I had spent a few days considering potential non-fiction subjects when my Aunt called. It was at that moment that I knew I would write about my journey with lymphedema. See what I mean about my lymphedema logbook being an ‘inspired’ choice.