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“I built the community that I didn’t have.”

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.

Misdiagnosed for 30 years, Amy was born with the right side of her body swollen. One doctor told her she’d be in a wheelchair by the age of 35.

She fired him.

A lifetime of sluggishness and fatigue combined with the swelling didn’t keep her from living a full life and becoming a mom. That vision of ending up in a wheelchair and not being there for her family? It fueled her search for answers.

When she finally discovered what she had was lymphedema, she booked a flight to see a doctor who understood the condition. Since then, she’s been on a reduction journey for her Stage 4 elephantiasis, using compression, bandaging, MLD, and pneumatic compression therapy. She’s had three surgeries (and is currently recovering from one).

Everything she learns along the way she uses to uplift the lymphedema community.

At first, she was fighting for herself. Now she fights for everyone with lymphedema.

Her mission: “To ensure that no one suffers alone.”

Be inspired by Amy Rivera’s story and connect with her Foundation at www.winourfight.org.

The Lymphedema Channel interviews are brought to you by Lympha Press, global leaders in pneumatic compression for over 40 years.

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 20, 2021

Knowledge is Power: The Jenny Beaujean Interview

It took a cat bite that triggered cellulitis at 50 years old for Jenny to finally get a lymphedema diagnosis and another 12 years for an expert to recognize that she also had lipedema.
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

My Feet Have a Story: The Ayanna Sealey Interview

A dancer her entire life, this elite performer eventually faced eight bouts of cellulitis. At a critical juncture in 2011, she woke to a feverish infection; her limb red, hot, and hard. Would lymphedema steal her dream?
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 30, 2021

The Missing Piece: Building A Successful Lymphedema Therapy Practice

Lymphedema Therapy is a proven treatment that can help medical clinics become more profitable.  When the coding and billing are handled properly, it’s a win-win for […]
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.
March 8, 2021

Honoring Her Mother by Living Well: The LysaMarie Matamoros Interview

LysaMarie knew something was different about her lower body, but remained undiagnosed for years. Gastric bypass, endless exercise - nothing helped. It was only when she started connecting on Instagram that she saw other bodies like her own, which eventually led to the medical treatment that helped her reclaim her life.
March 3, 2021

Do You Know the Signs and Symptoms of Lymphedema?

This is a 4-minute read. Lymphedema is a disease that hides in plain sight during its earliest stages. People with stage one lymphedema may just chalk […]