Southland Lymphedema Support Group
About the group: Founded in 1999. Established through the National Lymphedema Network. Helps people deal with lymphedema, a chronic swelling of an arm, leg or other body part that may occur following surgery, radiation or other trauma when the body's lymph system has been impaired. Meets four times a year. Nonprofit organization.
Mission: Southland Lymphedema Support Group provides information and insight to people with lymphedema.
Special events: Meetings allow members to confidentially share creative ways to deal with the condition and learn more about treatment options.
Facilitators review exercise programs to move lymph fluid and massaging techniques to do at home. Up-to-date medical information is distributed and new items on the market are discussed.
Advice: "A lot of people are not computer savvy and not everyone gets to that information," said facilitator Sandy Collins. "It's a place to go and get questions answered and feel they're not the only ones suffering with this. There's a lot more we can do than we used to be able to do even five years ago."
How to get involved: Southland Lymphedema Support Group meets 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month March, June, September and November at Flossmoor Family Care Center, 19550 South Governors Highway in Flossmoor.
For more information, call (708) 915-5371.
People might be surprised to know: "How many people and the ages of people dealing with this problem and the misinformation out there," Collins said.
- SUE BERO, TIMES CORRESPONDENT
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