“It’s Not My Fault” with Ivonne Rodriguez
Ivonne Rodriguez discovered that she might have lipedema when she recognized her symptoms on a television program. We see her in consultation with Dr. Josef Stutz and Dr. Mark Smith, who give her an official lipedema diagnosis. Ivonne shares her relief at learning that she has this disease, and that it’s not her fault. She also speaks to the power of community and of finding information and support in the Facebook lipedema community. Ivonne Rodriguez is a Stage 3 lipedema patient and lives in New York City. Dr. Josef Stutz is one of the foremost lipedema surgeons in Germany and pioneer of the Water-Jet Assisted Liposuction (WAL) technique. Dr. Mark L. Smith is Chief of Plastic Surgery at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Director of the Friedman Center for Lymphedema Research & Treatment, and Co-Director of the Lipedema Project.
Our human compassion binds us the one to the other - not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future.