I’ve been asked by Christiane to share my story about my journey with Lipoedema.
For nearly thirty years, I have had an underlying feeling in my body that something was wrong.
I have been going to different doctors since my late 20s and asking why my legs felt like lead, why I was always in pain and could never lose weight
They just kept telling me I needed to diet and exercise more, never really listening or believing in what I was saying.
Earlier this year, as my Lipedema progressed to stage three, causing secondary lymphedema, I was told I just needed to stop drinking soft drinks. Which I haven’t drunk in 35 years. I live a holistic lifestyle. Make my own body products, grow my own organic food and I’m in a chemical-free home. I’ve lived this way for 25 years so I find the assumptions insulting.
I’ve felt infuriated, disempowered, and very depressed trying to cope with my pain levels, reducing flexibility and stamina associated with these conditions, and often cried from physical pain and the frustration, with feeling hopeless about my future and what it will be like.
I’ve, for so long, felt like a stranger in my own body and judged as being a food addict by not only medical professionals but the wider invisible community, who have no understanding of what it’s really like to deal with this genetic lymphatic, disorder, day to day.
This year, I finally found a doctor who sent me to a specialist and gave me a diagnosis.
I threw myself into researching every bit of information I could find.
I felt relieved at finding an answer and horrified, by the fact that despite seeing numerous doctors and health professionals, I was left undiagnosed for so long. It’s hard not to feel angry at the management I must now do for my condition, when I could have and should have, been addressed years ago, and would have been completely reversible.
I’ve now learned about the Dr. Vodder technique of Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) and that’s how I found Christiane, from Body & Skin Care Cairns Beaches.
After literally 20 years of asking questions that no one answered, Christiane completely understands my needs and what I can do to help manage my situation.
She is the first person I’ve spoken to, who really understands what I’ve been going through and the challenges I face every day. Talking with her, was the first time I felt heard.
I’ve been seeing her for 2 months
I’m not exaggerating, when I say to you, that she has given me back my life. I feel like I have hope again for the first time. I have so much less pain and motion and more importantly, I feel like my old self.
She has helped me learn more and more to support my body and I feel like I’m better every day. My body is completely transforming from this very special technique
I’m so happy, every single day, that I have found her. For me, she has been an answer to all the questions I’ve been asking for so long, that nobody would answer.
My body has responded so fast to this technique. I look at photos of my body from two months ago and I can’t even believe it. I feel like there is a light at the end of the tunnel for me now, to get back to some sort of normalcy in my life.
I can’t express my gratitude enough.
Sincerely Jayne Powell, Dec 2020