March 6th will be recognized as Lymphedema Awareness Day in the City of Humboldt.
Mayor Rob Muench signed the proclamation at the February 25th city council meeting taking place at City Hall to make March 6th officially Lymphedema Awareness Day.
"I've had Lymphedema for about five years. Before that, I knew basically nothing about it. Now that I have it, I've gotten involved with the Lymphedema Association of Saskatchewan. We just want to make more people aware of it, and with the coverage from the day, possibly more medical people aware of what the affected people go through," said Marilyn Miller a citizen from Lanigan with the Lymphedema Association of Saskatchewan.
Lymphedema is a condition of chronic swelling that affects a limb or other parts of the body due to the accumulation of lymph fluid. You can be born with lymphedema or it can be acquired after a traumatic injury, severe infection, or surgical removal of lymph nodes. Lymph nodes are often removed for the staging of cancer, to determine if cancer cells are spreading to the lymph nodes.
Lymphedema is not curable, but can be managed through a blend of therapy techniques
You can become more aware of Lymphedema by visiting https://www.sasklymph.ca/