Another part of our #HospiceStories project tells the story of Terri and Helen, Clinical Nurse Specialists based at Mount Edgcumbe and St Julia’s Hospices. Both are Lymphoedema nurses offering support to sufferers both as in and out patients.
Lymphoedema is a chronic (long-term) condition that causes swelling in the body’s tissues. It can affect any part of the body, but usually develops in the arms or legs. Other symptoms of lymphoedema can include an aching, heavy feeling in affected body parts and difficulty moving them. Lymphoedema is caused by a problem with the lymphatic system. This is a network of vessels and glands distributed throughout the body. Its major functions are helping to fight infection and drain excess fluid from tissues. Abnormal development of the lymphatic system, damage to it, and/or an increase in fluid in the body tissues can all lead to lymphoedema.
Terri and Helen’s story can be seen below: