LANL is pleased to announce that, for the very first time in NL, Lymphedema Awareness Day received povincial proclamation. The Honorable Minister of Health and Community Services, John Haggie signed the proclamation. March 6 of each year is internationally recognized as Lymphedema Awareness Day to raise awareness about this disease and available treatment options.
The Lymphedema Awareness walk at New World Fitness, Topsail Road, St. John's on Sunday, March 4th was a great success. Thanks to everyone who attended.
The Aquatic Lymphatic Therapy demonstration, provided by specially trained coaches Janet Montevecchi and Terry Walsh Oakley was also well received. Stay tuned for a roll out plan!
Lymphedema is a chronic disease caused by a buildup of lymph fluid. This happens when the lymphatic system is either faulty or damaged and cannot function as normal. It leads to swelling in the tissues where the lymph flow is blocked. Most often the swelling is in an arm or leg, but it can also be in the breast, trunk, genitals or head and neck. It can affect everyone - children men and women.
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