Finally, someone is taking this issue public! Yay for Kathy Bates.*Disclaimer: This post does contain a few affiliate links. If you make a purchase using these links, I will earn a commission. As always, I sincerely appreciate your support of this blog.
Yassss! I was so excited to see this video clip of Kathy Bates discussing lymphedema on The Doctors Show. Finally someone was discussing a survivorship issue that so many of us have to deal with. Trying to explain to people why you wear sleeves (or what the sleeves are) can be tortuous sometimes. They understand that you had breast cancer but usually have never heard of lymphedema nor are aware that it can be an unfortunate side effect of undergoing a mastectomy.
Speaking for myself, I'm just not always in the right frame of mind (or location) to get into all of that. TSA agents aren't always cheerful when you're trying to explain that you're not wearing your fake tattoo sleeve just because you're a badass -- that it is actually for medical reasons and removing it is a pain in the butt. I digress.