Saturday, March 17, 2007

Mixed Emotions

Any advance in lymphedema research is good. It is, honest.

This article talks about advances in preventing arm lymphedema in breast cancer patients. Which is awesome, I wouldn't wish LE on anyone. But...

Let's face it, LE has been around a while, all the family studies show that. The reality is that most of the research funding that has been thrown at LE has been thrown that way by the immensely powerful breast cancer lobby. It's selfish of me, I know, but if they find a way to keep breast cancer patients from getting LE, I'm worried that it will spell the end of quality/quantity research funding.

I'm already more upset than I can possibly explain that breast cancer patients get all the LE treatment they need and my poor baby, who simply had the misfortune to be born with this condition has to fight for recognition and treatment every single day. At least BC survivors got to have a life without LE. I know, I know, it's terrible, and not PC, particularly since my stepsister is a 2-time BC survivor, but I can't help it, it's how I feel, political correctness be damned.



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