We are different in our approach to lymphedema. We aim to provide hope and understanding of the lymphatic system through knowledge and experience.
Our Purpose is to:
Answer your questions, the questions that you need answered most. Questions, that maybe no one has taken the time to address or didn't address to your satisfaction.
Our Goal is to:
Provide guidance on how to care for the lymphatic system and yourself.
- We do not abandon you.
- We suggest tools and tips to make life manageable.
- We meet you were you are at, we are your lymphatic navigators.
- You are no longer alone, we are here to help you.
Dr. Mary Al-Saleh
I am a recovering breast cancer survivor. I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Breast cancer in 2014. I had an aggressive cancer which resulted in a mastectomy. Within a few days of my surgery, I developed deep pain running along the inside of my arm, from my wrist to my armpit. I suspected I was developing lymphedema (my worst fear). I decided that I probably needed some kind of compression garment, but I didn’t want it to look like a bandage. I had seen some arm garments that were fun and stylish.
I started to look on the internet for a stylish garment. The ones that I wanted had to be fitted by someone who was trained in garments. This lead me to Anita Bakke. When I went to meet Anita, I still had drains in my breast. Anita welcomed me into her office and that interaction literally changed my life. She asked how I was doing and I described to her what I was feeling in my arm. She examined me and then provided me with a treatment. My arm responded immediately. I was then introduced to the world of lymphedema therapy.
I spent my entire professional life as an RN, I have earned my BS, MS, NP and finally PhD in nursing, yet nursing did not provide me with the critical information I needed to fully understand my newly developing lymphedema. As a result, I went back to school and became a certified lymphedema therapist. I am happy to help others with the disease and look forward to promoting their health and wellness. My purpose is simple, I want to serve the highest good. My goal is to spread knowledge about lymphedema wherever I am physically located. I am humbled and filled with gratitude each day that I am able to help someone.
After 25 years working at a National Laboratory, my husband’s job relocation took us from the Midwest to Arizona. Prior to moving, we had suffer 3 significant losses in our family. With the expectation of taking a year off to get the family resettled and acclimated, my road took some life changing turns.
Starting with my mother-in-law. Approximately 10 years prior to our move, she had cancer and went through two breast cancer surgeries. With no issues arising until one day, after our move, she was trimming backyard bushes and accidentally pricked the skin on her right arm. Within hours her arm began to swell. She went to the hospital where she was admitted due to the edema spreading up the arm. Within a day the swelling had spread across the surgical areas of her breast, and on to the left arm. She was hospitalized for almost a week and then released with no real diagnoses. Within months, the edema was not going away and we moved her to Arizona to be with us. After countless doctor appointments never once did anyone or any physician, say the word Lymphedema as the reason for the swelling. Months later, they did however, diagnose that cancer had returned. The following year she passed.
Two years later, my only remaining sibling was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Prior to my mother-in-law’s Lymphedema, my Sis had undergone a hysterectomy due to uterine cancer. Now she had brain cancer. After surgery to remove the tumor, she underwent 27 full-brain radiation treatments and then gamma-knife treatments. She was told, because there was still active cancer in the brain that they could not radiate, she had one year to live.
At the time I was enrolled in massage school and midway through my program. I finished my training and proceeded to take Oncology Massage training to help with my sister’s care. In this training I learned about lymphedema. Leading me to take the Certified Lymphedema Therapy training and become certified. I began using my training to help my sister. She did three things, went to light exercise 3 days a week, ate a good diet, and I did MLD on her several times a week. Adjusting it to her needs. My sister lived for 8 years with active brain cancer that did not change size, she got function back in her body and reduced the amount of medication she was on. I never intended to practice my therapy on anyone as a business but when I had surgery, I looked for someone who could do MLD on me to aid my recovery. There was no one who did what I did. That harsh reality lead me to open, Fluid Factor Lymphedema – Lipedema Care.
Which lead me to help create Lymph Logic, Education – Understanding – Training. I love what I do!