After having had cancer in 2017, and following major surgery and radiotherapy, I have been left with a condition called lymphoedema. This is a common but little understood condition which can affect any part of the body. According to the NHS there are currently more than 200,000 known lymphoedema sufferers in the UK, and countless others who are undiagnosed. Lymphoedema can be genetic, as a result of cancer or be caused by injury or even something as simple an insect bite. My own lymphoedema affects both legs and, on occasion, the left side of my back and left arm. In my case it results in constant pain and swelling. Lymphoedema means there is an increased risk of cellulitis and septicaemia. There is currently no cure but it is important that the affected areas are treated by massage, skin care and by the use of compression garments, (in my case the wearing of Nora Batty tights.) I also practice yoga regularly with my lovely yoga "family".
I have decided to walk the 67 miles of the Isle of Wight coastline as a personal challenge and to raise awareness and funds for the LSN. The LSN, (Lymphoedema Support Network,) is a charity which supports those of us with lymphoedema and works at educating the medical profession so that they can better understand and treat the condition. At present the provision of care for lymphoedema is patchy and often non-existent. I myself had to travel to Basingstoke and pay privately merely to get a diagnosis. I am lucky enough to have very a very supportive group of friends and family, (Dave will be joining me on the walk,) but many people struggle with little or no support.
Thank you so much for choosing to sponsor me. I know that by day 2 of the walk I will probably be struggling but your support will make it all the more worthwhile.