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#EveryBodyCan keep moving with Lymphoedema

As part of a national awareness week, Jersey Hospice Care is supporting the #EveryBodyCan campaign, to encourage patients with Lymphoedema to stay active.

Run by the British Lymphology Society, Lymphoedema Awareness Week runs from 2 to 8 March. This annual event seeks to raise awareness of Lymphoedema and the treatment options available.

Lymphoedema is the name given to a swelling in the tissues beneath the skin that occurs when the lymph fluid in the tissues cannot drain away. Jersey Hospice Care’s Lymphoedema Service provides treatment and management for all patients experiencing cancer-related Lymphoedema. Hospice’s Lymphoedema Therapist tailors treatment to suit the patient’s needs, with emphasis on holistic assessment, self-management, education, and risk reduction.

There are several events taking place during the week, including:

• An information stand in the foyer of Jersey General Hospital on Tuesday 3 March, between 09:30 and 15:30, providing information and an opportunity to discuss all things Lymphoedema. Jersey Hospice Care is partnering with Lymphoedema Jersey on this event and specialist therapists from both organisations will be available for anyone who would like to find out more about the condition and how to manage it.

• On Wednesday 4 March, between 18:00 and 19:00, there will be a short talk on the importance of keeping active if patients have or are at risk of developing Lymphoedema, followed by a fun exercise class. Jersey Hospice Care is hosting this event at the King Centre, Mont Cochon, in partnership with Lymphoedema Jersey who will be delivering the talk and exercise class.

• On Friday 6 March, Jersey Hospice Care is inviting Islanders to once again wear odd socks while doing something active or sporty to support the Sock It Challenge, as part of the Lymphoedema Awareness Week, to help raise awareness of the condition.

Yvonne Maguire, Lymphoedema Therapist at Jersey Hospice Care said: “Lymphoedema can impact a person’s body image, self-esteem and cause not only physical but emotional distress as well. With expert care and support, all patients with Lymphoedema can be given the best opportunity and knowledge to control, improve and self-manage their condition to improve their quality of life”.

Find out more about Jersey Hospice Care’s Lymphoedema Service.