March is Lymphoedema awareness month and the Better Business Breakfast group based in New Ross donned their odd sock in the Captain's Table, Dundrody Famine Ship to raise awareness about this condition.
The Sock It to Lymphoedema campaign in an international event which took place during Lymphoedema awareness week which ran from March 3 to March 9. People were encouraged to wear their odd socks and post them on social media to help raise awareness.
Sasha Roche Kelly of MLD Therapist, Well-being Techniques based in Wexford, explains that lymphoedema occurs due a damaged lymphatic system. Sasha said: 'It presents as swelling in certain areas of the body. Lymphoedema can either be primary or secondary. Primary occurs due to obstruction, malformation or underdevelopment of the lymphatic system. Secondary lymphoedema occurs due to damage of the lymphatic system from surgery, cancer treatment, trauma or infection.'
Lymphoedema patients suffer both physical and psychological effects from the condition, Sasha said. 'Their quality of life is often reduced, discomfort and pain is present and they have a higher risk of developing infection. It is a lifelong condition that can be managed with proper care and guidance. Currently there is no cure for this condition. Early intervention is vital. Lymphoedema clients can often find it difficult to get correct diagnosis and treatment.'
If you are concerned about lymphoedema contact Sasha on 053 9106190 and arrange for a free consultation during the week.