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medi Canada is proud to announce that the March Lymphedema Awareness Month fundraising campaign has been successful! Of the $5,300 raised, $2,800 will be donated to the Quebec Lymphedema Association (LAQ), $2,000 to the Lymphedema Association of Ontario (LAO), and $500 to the Lymphedema Association of Manitoba (LAM).

These donations will allow the Canadian Lymphedema Associations to support the cause and continue their primary mission: to change the lives of people affected by lymphedema. 

These valiant Canadian Lymphedema Associations work to support, educate and raise awareness of people living with lymphedema, their families and friends, and health care professionals. They provide information and education on lymphedema, its causes, risk reduction, and treatments for this chronic disease while encouraging scientific research towards a cure.

Lymphedema Awareness month is one of the most symbolic periods for all persons living with lymphedema. Worldwide each year, the entire month is dedicated to raising awareness and rolling out advocacy activities to raise the profile of lymphedema and related

lymphatic disorders.

To read the full press release, please click here

Thank you medi Canada!

My Body, My Friend: A mindful approach to lymphedema self-management

Are you a woman living with lower extremity lymphedema? 

Does managing your lymphedema feel like a burden?  

Do you really want to reduce your swelling — but you feel overwhelmed by all the demands of ongoing self-care?

Join us online for this new program of mindful self-care. Help yourself connect with your body’s natural wisdom and self-compassion.  Find your own unique path to emotional healing and deep renewal. Feel empowered to protect and care for yourself again.

Mindfulness is now a medically well-recognized approach to help people deal with the anxiety, pain, and other physical or emotional challenges of chronic conditions.

Zoom seminars will be held twice a week on Sundays and Wednesday evenings for five weeks. Enrolment is limited to 20 participants. 

Course Dates:  Sunday, May 29, June 5, June 12, June 19, and June 26, and Wednesday, June 1, June 8, June 15, June 22, and June 29

Please note that this class will be repeated soon for ladies with upper extremity lymphedema. To better serve you, we are keeping our programs separate so that we can focus on the individual needs of our participants

Please email Pam Hammond at  to learn more or to pre-register.

Note: One LAO member who registers for the course will be drawn to have their course costs refunded!

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Lucinda Sykes MD is the director of Meditation for Health Clinic in Toronto. [ ] She has taught medical programs of mindfulness for more than 20 years. Her special interest is mindfulness-based stress reduction for women who live with life-changing illness. Lucinda is currently active as a board member of the Canadian Neurovascular Health Society.

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Pam Hammond RMT, ST is a Dr. Vodder Certified Combined Decongestive Therapist.  She has a private practice in downtown Toronto and has worked part-time at the Princess Margaret Cancer Rehabilitation and Survivorship Clinic.  She is co-chair of the Canadian Lymphedema Framework Education and Working Group. 

Upcoming events

    • 27 May 2022
    • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    • Zoom

    Please join the LAO and Wear Ease as they present on their line of superior post-surgical and compression garments, that improve both quality of life and comfortability. We are very honoured to be joined by Wear Ease's Founder and President, Phyllis Keith, who will be presenting on therapeutic compression garments for the management of lymphedema.  


    • The presentation will focus on compression for the torso and axilla
    • Wear Ease will provide a 20% off discount code to online retail site for LAO members who attend the webinar

    We look forward to seeing you there - register today!

Dear Members,

Time is moving so fast. It's so true that "time waits for no one".

Webinar update: We have completed the March webinars and also in April the L & R webinar.  We acknowledge that there was a technical issue and apologize for the late start. Thank you Jim, Lyndsay and Kelly for your patience. We posted the recording soon after so that those who missed it, could have access. We also want to thank Jim Annett of L & R for donating a "Ready Wrap - off the shelf garment". 

The lucky winner was Annie Maas

The next webinars are as follows:

  • May 11th - May Patient Virtual Support Group: Click here to register
  • May 12th - Paradigm Medical on Specialty Footwear: Click here to register 
  • Date TBD - Wear Ease

Annual General Meeting - June 9th - please mark in your calendar.

Compassion Fund: We have made some changes to the Fund and are pleased to extend the applications to two per therapist. We will be updating our application form in the next few days, so please check back again for the details.

We are pleased to share with our members educational articles submitted by Sigvaris, one of our sponsors. To read the articles on our website, please click here

We are sending a Google Survey out in the next few days to all our Members and appreciate it if you will take the time to fill it out.


Dolores Steinwall

President of The Lymphedema Association of Ontario

Member Stories

"For each person you do this for, you’re giving them a kickstart. A kickstart that will hopefully get it moving, so they feel better enough to keep going [with treatment]". - Christine, Compassion Fund Recipient

"After months of extreme lymphedema without any direction for treatment from my hematologists, my wife found Merinisa online. This was the first information she found to help me with this swelling of my body. Merinisa is a professional therapist that has been very well trained to help people with lymphedema. She is a wonderful, caring person. We now have my condition under control. Really amazing, my lymphedema affected over 75% of my body and is now well controlled" Anton, Compassion Fund Recipient

LAO in the Community

Luigi Caparelli Memorial Game

A big thank you to the Luigi Caparelli Memorial Game for raising close to $2200 in donations for the LAO!

Park Lane Jewellery Fundraiser

We would also like to thank Maddie Simone, The Lymphedema Awareness Network-Lasalle, Windsor, Essex County and Park Lane Jewellery stylist Margo Barnet, for having a fundraiser to raise both awareness and funds for the LAO. 

A generous 50% of sales were donated to the Lymphedema Association of Ontario for a total of $210! 

Understanding Lymphedema - A Possible Side Effect of Cancer - LAO Webinar in Partnership with Wellspring Canada

To watch a recording of the webinar that the LAO presented with Wellspring on what lymphedema is and the signs of a worsening condition, please click here

To keep up to date with community Lymphedema news, events from other organizations, and resources, please click here for our page "Other Lymphedema News"

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