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Fertility treatment fourteen years ago triggered emergency surgery. Susan O’Hara left the hospital and began to notice one leg was noticeably bigger than the other.

It took tendonitis for this busy mom and public servant to seek medical attention. She was blown away when the doctor asked, “Who’s treating your lymphedema?”

Lymphedema was not yet in her vocabulary, but soon water aerobics, velcro wraps, and other tools to manage the condition became a regular part of her life. Lap band surgery resulted in the loss of 171 pounds, but why were her calves still 26 inches each? After the successful weight loss, walking 14 miles a day, and eating a very restrictive diet, she concluded: “This was not just metabolic obesity.” Her knees were dislocating 7 – 8 times a day.

The social lymphedema communities were a tremendous help to Susan – and then she discovered lipedema.

An avid researcher, she found Dr. Jaime Schwartz and recently underwent her second lipedema surgery. Beyond the physical challenges, Susan also has a heart for the emotional pain associated with lipedema. A stunning statistic she shares in this interview is a sobering call for help to offer hope to others with this condition.

Lympha Press is proud to share these stories for the very purpose of encouraging the Lipedema community. We are proud to help manage this condition with the Optimal Plus, which is cleared by the FDA for the treatment of lipedema. Follow Susan O’Hara @Legs_LikeMine and be encouraged by her inspiring journey.

May 14, 2021

Legs Like Mine: The Susan O’Hara Interview

Lap band surgery resulted in the loss of 171 pounds, but why were her calves still 26 inches each? After the successful weight loss, walking 14 miles a day, and eating a very restrictive diet, she concluded: "This was not just metabolic obesity." Her knees were dislocating 7 - 8 times a day. The social lymphedema communities were a tremendous help to Susan - and then she discovered lipedema.
April 22, 2021

Lipedema Patient Roundtable – April 2021

How chemicals make you fat, managing "usable hours" in a day, pain, heart racing and hot flashes, effective breathing, life after surgery, and lots of encouragement are packed into this one-hour Lipedema Patient Roundtable.
April 20, 2021

Ninjas Fighting Lymphedema: The Amy Rivera Interview

Amy Rivera is a powerful voice in the lymphedema community. Her Ninjas Fighting Lymphedema Foundation offers help and support that she wished for on the journey to a lymphedema diagnosis.
April 16, 2021

Lymphedema Patient Roundtable – April 2021

A must-watch episode for lymphedema patients with excellent conversation around exercise, elevation, the COVID vaccine, nerve pain, "pity parties" and much more.
March 31, 2021

Beautiful on the Other Side: The Deborah Carson Interview

A lymphedema diagnosis pulled the rug out from under her dreams. Find out why she says "It's beautiful on the other side."
March 31, 2021

Lymphedema Patient Roundtable – March 2021

Our monthly Roundtable discussion included questions and answers about exercise, diet, neuropathy, fibrosis, and how to not give up when feeling overwhelmed about managing lymphedema. NLN […]
March 31, 2021

Lipedema Patient Roundtable – March 2021

From lipedema and the COVID vaccine to using heat vs. ice, the March Roundtable was filled with great advice to educate and encourage.
March 8, 2021

The Obesity Revolution: A Visit with Sean Mulroney

Sean Mulroney weighed 700 pounds. Now, he inspires through The Obesity Revolution. Learn how he manages his lymphedema with Lympha Press.
December 21, 2020

Lipedema Patient Roundtable – December 2020

The amazing panelists, including special guest Debby Pelletier, discuss whole-body vibration, inflammation, lymphatic drainage, mast cell activation syndrome, the COVID-19 vaccine and its potential impact on […]
October 12, 2020

Rising Out of the Fire: The Jennifer Williams Interview

She's known as @PlusSize_and_Proud, but there was a time when she used to hide her body and was the target of cruelty. In this candid interview, Jennifer shares how surgery helped her lose weight, but led her on a path of addiction to pain pills. This strong and resilient woman says hers is a story of "rising out of the fire" and what has emerged is someone beautiful, who is shining a light for other lipedema women. Jennifer also discusses her use of the Lympha Press Optimal Plus to manage her condition and marvels about how easy it is to use. This is the only pneumatic compression device cleared by the FDA for the treatment of lipedema. Enjoy this latest installment in The Lipedema Channel interview series, brought to you by Lympha Press.