Welcome! I'm Chiara, triple negative breast cancer survivor; here is my journey, I hope it helps you!

COMPRESSION SLEEVE & GAUNTLET: NOT SEXY

COMPRESSION SLEEVE & GAUNTLET: NOT SEXY

Six lymph nodes were removed during my mastectomy in April, all - thank God- cancer free! One of the possible side effects of lymph node removal is lymphedema, a swelling: a collection of high-protein fluid beneath the skin. Gratefully, I haven't had any issues with lymphedema; however before taking a local flight, I was advised by a survivor to look into wearing a compression sleeve and gauntlet: the cabin pressure may increase swelling for those even at risk for lymphedema. I consulted with my breast surgeon, Dr. Michele Blackwood, and she confirmed the use of the compression garments. Great, I'm going to deplane with a sleeve and glove on, so not sexy! The National Lymphedema Network also recommends their use; I received the message loud and clear and my insurance approved. Unfortunately, the order didn't arrive until my return from Florida, and, as some women at SHARE cancer support group experienced, I was fine flying without the compression sleeve and gauntlet. I do own the garments now - they are tucked away in my closet; I hope I'll never have to use them, but if so, my bedazzler is coming out!!

METTA, MEDITATE AND REPEAT

METTA, MEDITATE AND REPEAT

LA BELLE VIE SALON

LA BELLE VIE SALON