My plastic surgeon took before and after photos, but so far I haven’t asked for them.
Kathy has lymphedema as the result of doctors removing 19 lymph nodes during her breast cancer surgery.
As many as 10 million people suffer from lymphedema in the US alone.
There's no cure for lymphedema, but congestive lymphatic therapy (DLT) can control systems.
The body's lymphatic system transports a clear watery fluid called lymph, which contains infection-fighting white blood cells, throughout the body.
When this fluid doesn't drain normally - which can occur when lymph nodes are removed or damaged after cancer surgery – swelling can happen.