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There is No "Regular" Size

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Each hand and arm is different, there is no Regular sizing when it comes to compression sleeves. For that reason this past month we have eliminated our "Regular" arm length name and have renamed it "Long". After running reports we have found that more than 50% of our customers were better fit for our Short length sleeves but many of them initially purchase the Regular length. We didn't want anyone to be suffering with an ill fitting sleeve they have to pull up or roll to feel comfortable in. We wanted to make sure each and every one of our customers was buying a sleeve that would be the optimal fit for their arm, so by renaming the Regular length to Long, we hope that it will encourage our customers to actually measure their arm and determine whether they need a Short or Long sleeve. Neither of those names implies that you have T-rex arms (Short) and Octopus tentacles (Long), all it means is that a slightly shorter or a slightly longer garment would be the most comfortable fit for you, we could have just as easily named these Length Option A and Length Option B, but that would probably be even more confusing.

Creative Compression Challenge

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Creative Compression Challenge

Do you have a really beautiful idea for a sleeve?

Do you have a loved one that wants to design a sleeve for you? 

We want your designs! Send us your design by November 1, 2015 for a chance to win 3 sets of your choice, including your design! 

How the contest works:

Submit your design or have a talented friend submit a design as a sponsor on your behalf.

All designs will be put into a survey to be voted upon by the LympheDIVAs community. We will share this survey on our social media networks and email list. 

5 Things NOT to do When Choosing a Compression Sleeve

You know you have to wear a compression sleeve to manage your lymphedema but you’re not quite sure where to start. If you visit your local durable medical store and next to the oxygen mask, you see a dusty, beige and scratchy sleeve. The store assistant sizes you up visually to be a medium and send you on your way. Do not go home with this sleeve. The only way a compression sleeve can work to improve or prevent lymphedema is if it is precisely matched to your needs including size, length, compression and most importantly comfort & appearance. We always say; a compression sleeve cannot improve your lymphedema by sitting in a drawer!

The ABCDEs of Melanoma

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May the 4th is Star Wars Day ("May the 4th 'Force' Be With You!" Pretty clever huh?) but this year it's also the first Monday in May, which is also known as Melanoma Monday. Today is a great day to check out your moles for any change. Knowing these signs of melanoma can be the key to early detection. Have any questions? Ready for a skin check up? Find a dermatologist or SpotME Skin Cancer screening near you on the American Association of Dermatologists  website. To raise awareness and honor those affected by Melanoma, we have introduced  a  Black Crystal Ribbon  design in addition to our  Pink Crystal Ribbon

DIVA Testimonial: Amy Bryant

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I am a Walking LympheDIVAs Advertisement

By Amy Bryant

Last September, at 74 years of age, I came down with lymphedema resulting from cancer surgery.  Forced to wrap my arm in a hideous set of bandages, and I was constantly stopped by friends and strangers with words of pity, and detailed questions about my condition.
 

5 Ways to Reduce Lymphedema Risk After Breast Cancer

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5 Ways to Reduce Lymphedema Risk After Breast Cancer

If you’ve had lymph nodes removed or had radiation therapy during breast cancer treatment then you are at-risk for lymphedema.  There is no true way to determine whether a breast cancer patient will get lymphedema following treatment; lymphedema can occur in patients that have had no lymph nodes removed and are as many as 25 years or more in remission. It is important to be aware of the risk of lymphedema & follow risk reduction practices as recommended by your doctor or physical therapist to reduce lymphedema occurrence and prevent future swelling.

Lymphedema Resources

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Lymphedema Resources

In honor of lymphedema awareness month, we created a roundup of the best lymphedema resources including topics in education, lymphedema after cancer, blogs, self-management tips, community support and many others. We’re expanding and building on these resources as more are available, so bookmark this post. If you have any suggestions on source to add please contact us.

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