The launch of the Caithness Lymphoedema Support Group
2nd May 2013
Tuesday14th May, 7 pm – 9 pm,
North Highland Cancer Information and Support Centre,
5a High Street, Thurso.
Do you live with lymphoedema? Do you know someone who does?
The NHS Highland Lymphoedema Project is proud to launch a new group in Caithness for people who are living with lymphoedema. This group is open to all people who have lymphoedema, regardless of its cause. Family and friends are also welcome.
What is Lymphoedema?
Lymphoedema develops when the lymphatic system becomes unable to effectively drain areas of the body. This most commonly leads to swelling of a limb, but other areas of the body can be affected. People can develop lymphoedema for many reasons, such as a result of cancer treatment, trauma, genetic disposition, or chronic venous ulceration. Sometimes the exact cause of a person’s lymphoedema is unclear.
How will the support group help me?
Lymphoedema is described by many as a distressing condition, often affecting an individual’s wellbeing, physical and mental health. However there is a lot of evidence that, with the right information and support, people can manage their lymphoedema in a way that improves their overall quality of life. This support group will be a place to share experiences and tips with each other on living with lymphoedema, and to hear more about lymphoedema management from speakers who have clinical expertise in lymphoedema care.
Come along to the support group to share your experiences in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. As well as meeting other people who have lymphoedema, you will hear a very informative talk on “Living Well with Lymphoedema” from Dr Anne Williams, lymphoedema practitioner and researcher. There will also be an overview of the Highland Lymphoedema Project by Angeline Macleod, Highland Lymphoedema Project co ordinator. Louise Shakespeare, Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist and Lymphoedema Practitioner for Caithness, will also be there as your local point of advice on lymphoedema care.
About the Highland Lymphoedema Project
This is a two year project that started in 2012. It aims to support individuals with self-care, improve access routes to social and health care for people with lymphoedema and provide education and training to health professionals. The project works closely with people with lymphoedema and key professionals. For more information access the Highland Lymphoedema Network online: http://www.knowledge.scot.nhs.uk/hln.aspx