My Search for the Importance of Aftercare in the Treatment of Lymphedema, Melanie Valentine OTR/L, LLCC, 2002

I would first like to say that I am always grateful to be given any opportunity to talk about lymphedema and its care. I acquired lymphedema in 2005, having had a severe parasitic infection (schistosomiasis), which went undiagnosed for three years. The infection caused the enlargement of my inguinal lymph nodes on the right side of my body, with subsequent scarring of those nodes. Prior, I had worked as an Occupational Therapist for nearly 10 years in a hospital based setting.