Guest Blog

Scar Therapy: A Helpful Skill for the Lymphoedema Therapist

By Mary Fickling on Apr 30 2021.
When working with Lymphoedema, scar therapy may be a very useful skill to incorporate into treatment. Scar tissue or adhesions from surgery or radiotherapy may be one of the factors impeding the lymphatic flow, so incorporating scar therapy techniques may accelerate improvements. A few therapy schools specialise in teaching scar therapy techniques, Emma Holly, founder of Restore Therapy Training, Vice-chair of the ScarWork Committee and Harley Street therapist, shares her knowledge on the benefits of treating scar tissue.


"There is no specific diet for Lymphoedema" - Guest Blog from Gaynor Leech

By Mary Fickling on Apr 26 2021.
We are told that there is no specific diet for lymphoedema and taking vitamins and minerals will not help.  However, I passionately believe in personal choices and encourage you to make your own healthy choices.


Donning Aids–Making wearing compression easier

By Mary Fickling on Mar 31 2021.
with huge thanks to Hope Spencer – Cancer Rehabilitation and Lymphoedema Physiotherapist (Sydney, Australia)


Understanding Lymphoedema in CRPS

By Mary Fickling on Mar 29 2021.
Understanding Lymphoedema in CRPS By Victoria Abbott-Fleming, Barrister, Inspirational Speaker & Founder of Burning Nights CRPS Support charity

Understanding Lymphoedema in CRPS


"Legs Like Mine" Susan's Story of Lipo-Lymphoedema

By Mary Fickling on Feb 23 2021.
"I’ve always been a big girl but my legs were normal for my size, actually even shapely for the lower half of my legs.  I’ve always been active, enjoying hiking, climbing, dancing, yoga, and anything that can get me outdoors.  That all changed the day I came home from the hospital after delivering my son, 19 years ago. The pregnancy wasn’t a normal one.  I’d suffered with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), and for eight years, I tried to get pregnant under the supervision of several doctors without success.  I knew my husband desperately wanted kids and I told him to divorce me and marry someone who could give him kids.  But we didn’t give up.  I finally met a fertility specialist in 2000 that understood my situation, performed a minor outpatient surgery and then put me on an injection to aid in fertility.  I got pregnant the first month after starting the injections, used progesterone, and after a very rough delivery involving an emergency repair of a blood clot that burst, I left the hospital in 2001 with my new child, and my new leg lump, Larry.  In fact, my left leg was just slightly larger than it was when I entered the hospital. 


Dementia - Finding Mum by Sue Hansard Lymphoedema Nurse Specialist, Mentor, Educator and Writer at FIRST LYMPH CARE

By Mary Fickling on Feb 21 2021.
Dementia - Finding Mum by Sue Hansard Lymphoedema Nurse Specialist, Mentor, Educator and Writer at FIRST LYMPH CARE Sue Hansard is trying to redress the balance about living with and caring for someone with Dementia. This is written from Sue's perspective and in part, is her way of honouring her Mum and celebrating the relationship that they were able to develop and cherish, because of dementia. Sue welcomes feedback and sharing. "Two years ago my lovely, gentle Mum died. She was 85yrs old. Six months before she died, she could still touch her toes, or do high kicks when sitting in her chair! Her hearing was acute (at times) and she had excellent hand-eye co-ordination. But, she could no longer communicate verbally. She could not string words into a meaningful sentence. She didn't KNOW who I was. Though I do think she knew that I was someone familiar, with whom she felt safe.

Dementia - Finding Mum by Sue Hansard Lymphoedema Nurse Specialist, Mentor, Educator and Writer at FIRST LYMPH CARE


Movement for Lymphoedema with Healthy-Steps

By Mary Fickling on Feb 16 2021.
Movement for Lymphoedema with Healthy-Steps Jackie Buller and Janet Capstick are the Co-Founders of Timeless Partnership established in 2004.  They met on a Holistic Therapy qualification course and discovered a mutual  passion for helping people with their health Issues.  Their previous careers complemented each other;  Janet's background was in Marketing and Jackie's in the Biomedical field of Pathology.  They decided they could run a successful business together.

Movement for Lymphoedema with Healthy-Steps


COVID THOUGHTS by Gemma Levine - Launch Date 6th March 2021 WORLD LYMPHOEDEMA DAY

By Mary Fickling on Jan 26 2021.
COVID THOUGHTS by Gemma Levine - Launch Date 6th March 2021 WORLD LYMPHOEDEMA DAY Gemma Levine, best known for her iconic black and white photographs of Princess Diana, is proud to announce the publication of her latest book entitled Covid Thoughts, coinciding with World Lymphoedema Day on 6th March 2021. This book is a thought-provoking exploration of the challenges, lessons learnt and personal experiences of the global pandemic, communicated through the eyes of influential public figures in society. It features contributions from 30 personalities and politicians including the UK’s Home Secretary Priti Patel, Bryan Robson, Prue Leith, Sir David Suchet, Joanna Lumley, William Boyd, Dame Maureen Lipman, and Terry Waite.

COVID THOUGHTS by Gemma Levine - Launch Date 6th March 2021 WORLD LYMPHOEDEMA DAY


Workplace Bullying: What is it? Does it Really Happen?

By Mary Fickling on Dec 30 2020.
Workplace Bullying: What is it? Does it Really Happen? by Sue Hansard, Lymphoedema Nurse Specialist, Mentor, Educator and Writer at FIRST LYMPH CARE. If we are asked about BULLYING many of us will recall those kids at school who we were afraid of. The playground bully. It resonates with childhood, being childish even. But of course, bullying behaviour is not confined to the playground, to school, to children. It affects adults in every occupation, globally. It causes emotional and physical harm which one can take years to recover from. It leads to loss of productivity, effectiveness, increased sick leave, financial losses for the individual and organisation and a negative impact on the workforce.

Workplace Bullying: What is it? Does it Really Happen?