I Have a Cartoon Hand

Ok so I feel bad for my lymphedema specialist, I am texting her asking her what to do for my cartoon looking hand. It has swelled up so much I hate it. She is having me remove the gauntlet which goes on my hand it looks like fingerless gloves. She said I may have to switch to a glove, ok let me say now come on can I not catch a break? I really do not want a glove on one hand all the time.

I was not supposed to go see her until Wednesday but because of the swelling in my hand she wants to see me tomorrow instead. I am going to go but I do not want to go back to the big compression wrap with foam. The sleeve is uncomfortable but it is much more comfortable than all the foam, with the foam I could only take it off when I was in her office. Having that one made it hard to sleep and this one is not too bad.

I kind of feel bad about complaining so much about this lymphedema stuff I mean it could be worse. I just hit my six year cancer free mark and that is amazing for me. I thought for sure this would not happen. Every six months when I get my blood work drawn and when they check for tumor markers I always get a little nervous ok a lot nervous. I have so many people who I went to school with have been diagnosed with cancer and many of them have had a recurrence so the fear is always there.

I have one high school classmate that at her four year check up was diagnosed with a recurrence and it has spread to her bones and other organs. So yes I feel bad about complaining about the lymphedema I am very grateful for still being cancer free and having these last six years with my husband and kids I am ready for another 40 !

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About Tammy Woolard

My name is Tammy and I am 40 year old mother of 3 wonderful children who came to us through domestic adoption. Although we did not have any fertility issues we chose adoption because there are so many kids that did not ask to be born but truly want a family to love. We did research on adoption choices and decided on domestic adoption through CPS. You would be surprised the differences between each agency. The adoption process is nothing like you see in the movies. I am also a 5 year breast cancer survivor. When I was diagnosed my kids were 3, 5 and 7 I did so much research I may have driven my Dr. a little crazy but that is ok it is my body not his.