Hi! This is my first attempt to get in touch with others like me. I am 24 years old and have had lymphedema since I was 6 from some type of injury. I have secondary lymphedema, not from a surgery or anything, I'm not quite sure. I was looking to see if anyone "just got it" like I did or if there are any young people with it. How do you deal with it? The lymphedema is in one of my legs. Growing up my leg was HUGE, I couldn't walk well or anything. Now after doing various therapies and leg wrapping (which I have found most helpful). I did that 10 years ago and my leg went down almost the size of the other. Today, my thighs are about the same size and my calf and foot is atleast twice the size of the other. I exercise though and stay active, which helps. I even ran hurdles in high school. Although having lymphedema can be challenging, I have found it hurts sometimes emotionally to have. Especially when no friends or anyone seems to know what it is. How do you deal with that? And going swimming with friends and all? I try not to care, but I'm still a little self-conscious. Any ideas?
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