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When Paola hit puberty, the fatty tissue in her legs began to swell without explanation. Despite numerous doctor's appointments and lifestyle changes, a diagnosis remained elusive for years. However, at 35 years old, Paola was diagnosed with lipoedema. With a newfound sense of understanding, Paola refused to let her condition hold her back any longer. Dive into her inspiring story below.*
*This is a personal report of the patient and does not necessarily reflect the knowledge of JOBST or the current state of science. Always seek advice from a Healthcare Professional if you experience any symptoms.
“When I was a teenager, my leg started swelling out of nowhere and I felt shame because I felt out of control. It felt like my body didn't belong to me anymore, or my legs didn't belong to the rest of my body. (…) You have heavy and painful legs most of the time. It's a bit as if you are carrying sandbags around. Lipoedema, in my case, is also affecting my arms to a lesser degree, but the pain is mainly in the legs. So, through the day you'll have some pain points starting to erupt and it's like a pulsating pain in your legs.”
“For a very long time, I didn't know what was wrong with my legs. I just went to see different doctors and was told that maybe it was just my body shape. Fast forward 2020, first lockdown, I was scrolling mindlessly on Instagram and I saw a picture of a woman whose legs looked like mine. (…) So, I started checking out her profile and I realized that she had something called lipoedema. It was the first time I heard about it.”
“I think that compression is an extremely freeing thing when it is properly fitted. (…) And it's simulating the feeling of being in water in a sense where your leg is held together (…) and you are able to live without thinking about your condition. You're just doing whatever you want to do without thinking of your legs. So that's an amazing feeling.”
“Taking part in this experience is massively stretching me out of my comfort zone. I've been hiding my body for a very long time and I'm in a phase where I seek healing and I would like to be part of the change I want to see in the world.”