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​Lymphedema Management Patient Stories

Read the success stories of some of our lymphedema management patients. If you have a story to share, please fill out our online form.

Meet Charles

After years of living with lymphedema and seeing his primary care doctor, a vascular surgeon, and a specialist at the vascular lab, Charles was referred to UPMC Centers for Rehab Services (CRS) for physical therapy. Before beginning physical therapy, his legs and ankles were so swollen he was unable to find shoes that would fit. Charles appreciated how nice and friendly the entire CRS staff was and how his therapist was always positive and took the time to explain everything. During therapy, Charles worked on manageable goals and exercises. After just a few weeks, he began to see the swelling go down. Today, Charles has no significant swelling and is able to wear his shoes again.

Read more about the Lymphedema Management Program at UPMC Centers for Rehab Services.

Meet Terri

While going through treatment for breast cancer, Terri developed a common condition called Lymphedema, which is categorized by swelling in the arms, hands, chest, shoulders, fingers, or legs. Her swelling was in the left breast following extensive radiation. She chose CRS Monroeville because it was conveniently located near her home. Ms. Harris had a complicated and severe case, but the staff in Monroeville pulled out all the stops to help her achieve positive results in an effort to improve her condition.

She is still undergoing treatment but is well-equipped with knowledge about her condition as well as a daily at-home routine of exercises, the use of a lymphedema pump, and the use of compression garments while she continues on her journey to recovery.

“Cancer is tough so you want people on your journey who care about you and are professional and have an investment in what they’re doing. That’s how the staff at CRS made me feel. From reception to therapy, they are all wonderful. It’s not just a job to them. They genuinely care about their patients and they want to see you succeed and they want to see you get better. I give them stars off the chart!”

Read more about the Lymphedema Management Program at UPMC Centers for Rehab Services.

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