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Lymphedema is a chronic health condition with many faces. Some people are born with it; others develop it later in life, often after treatment for some cancers. It is estimated that up to 1 million Canadians suffer with this progressive condition that can have life-long physical, emotional and financial implications for patients and their families. Given this updated national estimate and the population distribution within Canada, it can be extrapolated that near 387,000 Ontarians (children and adults) are living with lymphedema. Up to one in four breast cancer survivors will develop lymphedema at some point in their life.

Become informed. That is the first step you can take to help prevent lymphedema, detect it, get it diagnosed early, and learn how best to manage this condition. We’re working to improve access to quality lymphedema information, resources and services across Ontario and beyond.

Please explore our website for lymphedema information, support and resources.

Thank you for visiting.

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

Annual General Meeting

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

6:00 p.m.


Video/Telephone Conference Call


Notice is hereby given that on June 19th, 2018, 6:00-8:00pm, the Annual General Meeting of the Lymphedema Association of Ontario for YE 2018 Financials will be held by virtual conference to receive reports, appoint our Chartered Professional Accountant and to transact all other business as may properly come before the meeting.  Please assist the LAO by attending. It is really important for us to reach quorum in order to legally conduct our business.

To keep costs to a minimum, the full AGM Agenda, copies of the Financial Statements and minutes of the last Annual General Meeting will be available for consultation as requested. They will also be available on our website under AGM as soon as they are complete.


 Self- manual Lymphatic Drainage

Self- management strategies for lymphedema!


Ann DiMenna Physiotherapist (CDT)

BSc (Biochemistry), BSc (PT)

Ann brings expertise from a wide variety of therapy settings to serve the Markham and surrounding Greater Toronto Area area.  Ann is a graduate of the University of Waterloo where she received a degree in Biochemistry, as well as the University of Toronto where she received a degree in Physiotherapy.

Ann has many years of clinical experience treating in a variety of clinical settings, including private practice, inpatient hospital settings and home care. Ann has extensive experience in treating complex hip, knee and shoulder problems, including post-operative rehabilitation.

Over the years, Ann has continued to add to her clinical expertise with post-graduate training in manual therapy, McKenzie back care techniques and integrated lymph drainage. In 2008, Ann completed post-graduate training in Combined Decongestive Therapy and is fully certified to treat patients with lymphedema.  She is an active member of the Lymphedema Association of Ontario and has attended various conferences in Canada and the US on lymphedema.


Active members attend for free. 
There is a $10 fee for non-members. 

LAO members receive discounts to LAO events, plus receive a subscription to the quarterly lymphedema magazine, Pathways, which includes the LAO Lymphedema Matters newsletter insert. Individual membership cost is $28 and includes a vote at the AGM. Other memberships are available for professionals and corporations. BECOME A MEMBER

We hope you will join us,

The LAO Board of Directors


Help Us Serve You &

Raise the Voice of Lymphedema 

in Ontario!



Today, March 6th, lymphatic disease advocates from around the world band together to mark a day of observance when the entire lymphedema community takes action to raise awareness of this under-recognized condition that currently has no cure, and the people who live with it every day.


We are thrilled to share that for the first time ever, the LAO has been successful in soliciting our province’s capital to proclaim and observe Lymphedema Awareness Day on March 6, in the City of Toronto! Click here to download a copy of the official proclamation by His Worship, John Tory, Mayor of Toronto. 

Municipalities across Canada, including the nation’s capital of Ottawa, and others around the globe are today celebrating Lymphedema Awareness Day, and/or World Lymphedema Day. We have been proud to join forces with lymphedema advocates, associations and networks from around the world to seize the opportunity of sharing our united voices in lead up to this important day, and throughout the month of March and beyond. 

Ontario landmarks will be periodically lit in teal to “Light It Up for Lymphedema,” including the CN Tower, Niagara and Horseshoe Falls, the Peace Bride and Welland Canal Bridge 13. Check out LE&RN’s website for a full-list and details of these and other international events at

In addition, Canada’s Calendar of Health Promotion Days has documented March 6. These awareness efforts are encouraging as the lymphedema community collaboratively advances the need for advocacy and research to make coverage and finding a cure a global priority.


To spread further news and awareness, we want to know what you're doing to create noise for lymphedema, as well as providing you with the tips and tools to help get involved in the conversation. Please even consider sharing your story!

Here are some tips on how you can get involved: 

  • If you have an upcoming event or awareness activity, please contact us at, and share the 5Ws (Who, What, Where, When, How) of your activity, along with photos so we can help promote your events and initiatives on our social media channels, and in future electronic communications and newsletters.  
  • Post your lymphedema story, or your hopes for what we can accomplish in Ontario and beyond, and be sure to tag our social channels, including Facebook, Twitter or Instagram (also don't forget to follow us, and like and share our posts with your network!). if you're not on social media, please send your story and high-resolution photos by email at Please note: by providing your story you are acknowledging that we can share and potentially alter your content (with your permission) for our communications channels.


  • Complete the LAO’s Patient and Caregiver Survey to help us gain a better picture of the lymphedema experience in Ontario by compiling data to support our advocacy efforts, including a future petition to the provincial government. 
  • Consider volunteering, or donating to the LAO. Generous donations of time, expertise, resources and money have helped the LAO to grow and provide valuable lymphedema information, programs and services to communities across Ontario. Click here to learn more.

Now Online 
Lymphedema Matters | Volume 21, Issue 2

This issue includes:

  • New LAO President
  • Ontario Therapist Survey Results
  • LE Awareness Group Meeting in Brantford

Lymphedema Matters, LAO Newsletter

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