The June Lipedema Patient Roundtable was a special one: Not only was it Lipedema Awareness Month, but also the one-year anniversary of the Lipedema Patient Roundtables!
Participants reflected on their takeaways from the past year, such as the increase in accessible information on lipedema, the importance of connectedness and community, and the discovery of one's own personal strength and resiliency through difficult times.
We think Cara (@PaleGingerPear) summed it up best when she said that lipedema doesn't have to feel like a death sentence for your social life and mental health: "The diagnosis is a starting point, a place to start getting answers and support."
The group looked ahead, too, peering into their "lipedema crystal balls" to share their hopeful predictions for the upcoming year in the world of lipedema.
There was also a recap of Dr. Karen Herbst's recent webinar on the mind/body connection and how stress affects the extracellular matrix. Both panelists and attendees agreed with Dr. Herbst's theory that lipedema patients are prone to increased emotional sensitivity, and Angelique (@TheLippyButterfly) mentioned how the mantras Dr. Herbst shared have been especially helpful in promoting her own self-love and forgiveness.
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