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Lymphedema is a chronic health condition with many faces. Some people are born with it; others develop it later in life, often after treatment for some cancers. It is estimated that up to 1 million Canadians suffer with this progressive condition that can have life-long physical, emotional and financial implications for patients and their families. Given this updated national estimate and the population distribution within Canada, it can be extrapolated that near 387,000 Ontarians (children and adults) are living with lymphedema. Up to one in four breast cancer survivors will develop lymphedema at some point in their life.



Become informed. That is the first step you can take to help prevent lymphedema, detect it, get it diagnosed early, and learn how best to manage this condition. We’re working to improve access to quality lymphedema information, resources and services across Ontario and beyond.

Please explore our website for lymphedema information, support and resources.

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TODAY IS
LYMPHEDEMA AWARENESS DAY!

Today, March 6th, lymphatic disease advocates from around the world band together to mark a day of observance when the entire lymphedema community takes action to raise awareness of this under-recognized condition that currently has no cure, and the people who live with it every day.


WHAT IS GOING ON IN ONTARIO?

We are thrilled to share that for the first time ever, the LAO has been successful in soliciting our province’s capital to proclaim and observe Lymphedema Awareness Day on March 6, in the City of Toronto! Click here to download a copy of the official proclamation by His Worship, John Tory, Mayor of Toronto. 





Municipalities across Canada, including the nation’s capital of Ottawa, and others around the globe are today celebrating Lymphedema Awareness Day, and/or World Lymphedema Day. We have been proud to join forces with lymphedema advocates, associations and networks from around the world to seize the opportunity of sharing our united voices in lead up to this important day, and throughout the month of March and beyond. 



Ontario landmarks will be periodically lit in teal to “Light It Up for Lymphedema,” including the CN Tower, Niagara and Horseshoe Falls, the Peace Bride and Welland Canal Bridge 13. Check out LE&RN’s website for a full-list and details of these and other international events at lymphaticnetwork.org/wld.




In addition, Canada’s Calendar of Health Promotion Days has documented March 6. These awareness efforts are encouraging as the lymphedema community collaboratively advances the need for advocacy and research to make coverage and finding a cure a global priority.





WHAT CAN YOU DO?

To spread further news and awareness, we want to know what you're doing to create noise for lymphedema, as well as providing you with the tips and tools to help get involved in the conversation. Please even consider sharing your story!

Here are some tips on how you can get involved: 

  • If you have an upcoming event or awareness activity, please contact us at info@lymphontario.ca, and share the 5Ws (Who, What, Where, When, How) of your activity, along with photos so we can help promote your events and initiatives on our social media channels, and in future electronic communications and newsletters.  
  • Post your lymphedema story, or your hopes for what we can accomplish in Ontario and beyond, and be sure to tag our social channels, including Facebook, Twitter or Instagram (also don't forget to follow us, and like and share our posts with your network!). if you're not on social media, please send your story and high-resolution photos by email at info@lymphontario.ca. Please note: by providing your story you are acknowledging that we can share and potentially alter your content (with your permission) for our communications channels.

        

  • Complete the LAO’s Patient and Caregiver Survey to help us gain a better picture of the lymphedema experience in Ontario by compiling data to support our advocacy efforts, including a future petition to the provincial government. 
  • Consider volunteering, or donating to the LAO. Generous donations of time, expertise, resources and money have helped the LAO to grow and provide valuable lymphedema information, programs and services to communities across Ontario. Click here to learn more.


Now Online 
Lymphedema Matters | Volume 21, Issue 2


This issue includes:

  • New LAO President
  • Ontario Therapist Survey Results
  • LE Awareness Group Meeting in Brantford





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Now Online 
Lymphedema Matters | Volume 21, Issue 2


This issue includes:

  • New LAO President
  • Ontario Therapist Survey Results
  • LE Awareness Group Meeting in Brantford





Lymphedema Matters, LAO Newsletter








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