World Lymphedema Day
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
PORT•SACKS supports the great efforts of Lymphatic Education & Research Network. Be sure to take Rt. 93 on March 6 and "teal" yourself for a beautiful sight.
MassDOT to Light Zakim Bridge Teal on March 6, World Lymphedema Day®
BOSTON – In recognition of World Lymphedema Day, MassDOT will light the Zakim Bridge teal on Tuesday, March 6, 2018. Lisa Palin, co-chair Lymphatic Education & Research Network (LE&RN), MA Chapter (https://lymphaticnetwork.org) shares, “Boston is a major cancer treatment center, so it makes sense that the Zakim help raise awareness of this little known disease.”
Catherine Holley, RN, co-chair, LE&RN MA Chapter, explains, “Lymphedema can occur as the result of damage to the lymphatic system and is often caused by cancer surgery and radiation. 10 million Americans are affected…that’s more than AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis and ALS – combined.”
Holley, an operating room nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital, and lymphedema patient continues, "Because the main symptom of lymphedema – swelling – can occur several years after cancer treatment, the disease is often undiagnosed and untreated, leaving patients susceptible to a host of related illnesses."
In 2016, lymphedema and lymphatic disease advocates from around the world came together to demand the U.S. Senate and governments across the globe give long overdue recognition of lymphedema and lymphatic diseases. As a result of LE&RN's efforts, the United States Senate unanimously passed a resolution establishing March 6th as World Lymphedema Day (WLD). Governments and organizations worldwide followed suit.
The goal is to make lymphedema (LE) and lymphatic disease (LD) a global priority; to encourage governments and researchers around the world to dedicate themselves to finding advanced treatments; and to address the psycho-social burden of those with LE and LD who have felt marginalized, and whose quality of life has been negatively transformed by this disease.
For more information, visit the Massachusetts Chapter page of the LE&RN website: https://lymphaticnetwork.org.