Managing Lipedema with Diet and Exercise
KARA: I am currently in Charleston, South Carolina. I grew up in Massachusetts, started
college there, kind of bounced around, and then went off to University of Hawaii, where
I finished my bachelor’s. And then that’s where I met my husband. We have three kids,
they were all born in Hawaii. Keao’s ten, Kai’s five-and-a-half, and Keanu is three.
I noticed something was different with my legs going back to middle school time. My
legs weren’t looking like my friends’ were looking, and I was starting to put some
weight on, mostly in my legs and around my ankle area, which my other friends didn’t
have. So this is the area right in here, and I get this line, almost like a cuff line. I don’t
have any swelling here, I have regular here. For lymphedema, you’d pinch here and
there’d be swelling and you could see it.
My first pregnancy, I definitely had a lot of water weight with it, more than body fat I
feel. I gained sixty pounds during that one as well. I was very squishy, and just felt very
fluid-filled, and I did have swelling in my lower legs especially. That’s where I see the
swelling a lot go up and down during the evening. But the skin would get so tight, it
would swell sometimes.
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