The Diagnosis of Lipedema Brings Relief with Nicole Zepeda

Nicole Zepeda shares how having lipedema actually led to her career as a plus-size model. She experienced barriers in her attempt to become an actor because of her body size and weight bias in the Los Angeles acting community. Nicole recalls the difficulties of having undiagnosed lipedema as a teenager, and tells us how weight bias impacted her self-confidence. She also talks about the relief she felt when she received the lipedema diagnosis, as then she could find the right treatment. Nicole had one of the first lymph sparing liposuction surgeries performed in the US and her health has greatly improved since then. Nicole Zepeda, Stage 2 lipedema, lives in New York City where she works as a plus size model.

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.
Nelson Mandela