Living with Lipo-Lymphedema with Patricia Washburn

Patricia Washburn shares her history with lipedema, which she has had since puberty. She tells us that her symptoms spiked during peri-menopause, which finally led to a diagnosis of lipedema at age forty. Patricia explains that upon discovering she had lipedema, she began blogging to help other women and to reach out to her community. She shares her personal reservations about liposuction, and talks about the benefits of swimming as a therapeutic treatment. Patricia Washburn has Stage 4 lipo-lymphedema. She is a journalist turned technical writer who in the past blogged about lipedema at

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