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Lymphedema is the chronic swelling or feeling of tightness in the arm or hand due to an accumulation of lymphatic fluid in the soft tissue of the arm. Lymph node removal is often performed on breast cancer patients as part of their treatment. Many of those patients develop lymphedema.

Click here for an excellent, comprehensive article about lymphedema and its prevention and treatment.The article is from Imaginis,"The Breast Health Resource."

Click here for an article from Artermis, the Johns Hopkins Breast Center e-zine for survivors about a non-surgical technique for determining whether cancer has invaded the lymph nodes. A methodology for determining the spread of breast cancer without surgery of the lymph nodes is important for several reasons. First, it can avoid removal of lymph nodes "just to be sure." Second, it lessens the possibility of contracting lymphedema.

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Sometimes the urge to do something overwhelmingly fun and unexpected just seizes hold of Deb. Here she is at a party, planting a kiss on the cheek of surprised waiter who had complimented her just seconds before. This is Deb with Bonnie Ross Parker. Deb and Bonnie originally met online and quickly became good friends. She an example of the people, all over the country, who took on breast cancer walks and supported Deb in many ways. This is Deb with two good friends, Eva Marie Everson and Linda Evans Shepherd.