Of the nearly 3 million breast carcinoma survivors, it is estimated that over 40% are currently living with post-treatment lymphedema.
Minorities in particular continue to suffer the effects of health care disparities regarding treatment, post-operative care, access, patient navigation services, social and financial community health and public health programs and services. We were also created to demonstrate how to elevate the journey of life from existing to LIVE(ing) every day.
The LIVE-Today Foundation seeks to provide a streamlined approach to bridge the public health needs of women suffering from lymphedema by providing fashionable compression garments that optimize lymphedema management in women with limited economic resources. We are the only non-profit organization providing a service and free compression garments specifically for the treatment of lymphedema.
Lymphedema of the upper extremity following breast carcinoma is highly distressing and disabling. Studies have shown that women who develop lymphedema exhibit higher levels of psychological, social, sexual, and functional morbidity than women with breast carcinoma who do not develop this complication. The degree of swelling can be mild to severe and can occur immediately in the post-treatment period or several years later. Untreated, the affected limb can become extremely swollen and heavy, and the skin loses its elasticity. Women experiencing this condition may have difficulty performing the tasks needed for their job; they may be unable to complete household responsibilities and, in severe cases, may need assistance with daily care activities. The enlarged size of the arm also may prevent women from wearing their usual clothing. Thus, lymphedema, especially if it is untreated or under-treated, can cause serious disturbances in a patient’s quality of life, with additional psychological and emotional side effects such as distress, depression, lack of social interaction, and sexual inhibition among many others.
Why are compression garments so important? Patients with lymphedema have chronic,
progressive swelling, pain, recurrent infections, and significantly decreased quality of
life. The swelling can progress to gigantic proportions causing gross disfigurement with
severe detrimental effects. Lymphedema can’t be cured. Treatment focuses on
minimizing the swelling and controlling the pain. Lymphedema is a chronic disease that
tends to progress.
Recommendations for use of compression garments but not limited to:
To wear light compression garments during flights greater than 3 hours or during
episodes of vigorous exercise.
All patients who have had an isolated episode of swelling should wear a sleeve
and/or glove regardless of the length of the flight.
All patients with chronic lymphedema should wear a sleeve and/or glove during
ALL air travel.
It is also recommended that the garments be replaced every 6 months
Instead of wearing boring, uncomfortable and unattractive garments that reminds the previvor, survivor and metavivor of his/her struggle, we wanted to provide couture boutique fashionable garments, designed by Dr. Sheri and a team of experts in the field that reminds you of your victory, beauty and extraordinary gift of life.
This organization is a Section 501(c)3 nonprofit and your contribution may qualify as a charitable deduction.