November 2022

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Welcome to Issue #13 of Lipoedema Matters, a monthly newsletter created by Lipoedema Surgical Solution and Dr Chris Lekich

Laura Hamilton is a Lymphoedema Clinician based in Mackay, Queensland, and the owner operator of Elegance Beauty and Detox Centre.  Laura shared her story with us this month about how her Lipoedema diagnosis inspired her to complete her Lymphoedema Therapy Training, in order to assist other people in her community.  You can follow Laura and Elegance Beauty and Detox Centre on Facebook here.

Laura is a forty-two-year old beauty therapy business owner and mother from Mackay, Queensland, who says her weight had been a constant battle for her since puberty.  Despite competing in swimming and netball, Laura spent most of her teens on some form of a diet, including Weight Watchers, where she was weighed in front of a room full of people on a weekly basis as a teenager.  “I can still remember those horrible scales at the front of the room…It was so traumatic.”  Laura has now made it her mission in life to raise awareness of Lipoedema to stop other women having to endure such emotional pain.  “Lipoedema needs to be talked about within the medical field so that more women can learn what they can do to help themselves.”

Following Laura’s Lipoedema diagnosis in 2020, Laura was inspired to become a qualified Lymphoedema clinician to assist people in her area through her business.  As well as providing Pneumatic compression Pump (Lympha Press) treatments, Laura can also assist patients to access compression garments.  “I know what it’s like to live with these conditions - making changes and using a whole-body approach is such an important part of the treatment process, my aim is to help and support other people going through this.”  Laura has also created a Facebook group for women with Lipoedema, where they can feel safe to collaborate with other women in the same situation as them.

Laura says raising awareness of Lipoedema is vital so that others do not have to endure years of psychological distress.  Dismissed by doctors for decades, Laura is now determined to share her story in a positive way.   “I want to show my daughter what life can be like.  Even though life throws us curve balls, I want to be fit and healthy and encourage my daughter and others to seek the help they need.”

Read Laura's Case Study
  • Seek out a clear diagnosis and follow a good conservative management plan
  • Wear compression garments daily, including at night time if possible
  • If your body allows it, exercise daily - try water aerobics, Pilates or weight training
  • Enlist the support of a knowledgeable dietician
  • Stay off normal scales and utilise a body scan machine instead
  • Try a Lympha press device!

Read Feature Magazine's coverage of Lipoedema Surgical Solution's Awareness Campaign here.
We're hosting a free webinar along with Susan Butcher of the Oedema Institute, to assist women with Lipoedema understand compression garments, as well as the different choices available.  Join Susan to hear a clinician’s perspective on the most effective time to utilise compression garments, medical grade compression versus non-medical compression, the pros and cons of circular knit or flat knit as well as the different classes of stockings available.  Please send all your compression-related questions through to us via email here, or via direct message on Facebook or Instagram, as there will also be a Q & A session at the end. Bring your notebook, pen and any questions, see you then!  Register via Eventbrite here.

As part of Lipoedema Surgical Solution's ongoing commitment to educating the medical and general communities about Lipoedema, Dr Lekich attended a Brisbane information evening hosted by the Lymphoedema Academy of Australia during October.  You can see photos from the event on our website here.

During October we partnered with Hannah Kurnadi O.T of The Lymphoedema Lounge for an online Lipoedema-friendly Pilates Workshop.  The class covered mat work exercises to build strength, encourage lymphatic flow, mobilise joints, stretch the muscles/tissues and reduce stress and anxiety through breath work.  Suitable adjustments are also offered for different levels.  If you missed the live stream of the event, you can watch the recording here.

Please help us raise awareness and education by sharing your Lipoedema journey, art, business or organisation here.
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