BENEFITING: Lymphatic Education & Research Network (LE&RN)
Hi! My name is Jasmine and in 2013 I experienced my first symptoms of Lymphedema. Lymphedema is a chronic, incurable disorder that results in aggressive swelling of the affected limb(s). It's estimated that Lymphedema affects more than 1 million people in the United States alone. Currently, there is no cure for this disorder, and treatment is restricted to bandages, painful compression, and regular invasive massage therapy. This is routine, and this will be for the rest of my life. Despite the extensive amount of us with this disorder, it goes misdiagnosed or undiagnosed all too often. Patients have been told that they may lose their affected limb, that there is no help, and that this condition can only get worse. There's a detrimental lack of awareness not only amoung our peers of this disorder, but most concerningly within the medical community, as well. Medical Students spend less than 30 minutes on the disorder under current curriculum layouts. We need a change. I implore you to help donate to a cause close to so many hearts. Lymphedema does not discriminate, old, young, active, sedentary, large, or small, anyone can develop Lymphedema at any age, under any conditions. And so I implore you, decent human beings, to donate in order to give voice to a community of people whom are struggling to find their own amidst adversity.