August 13, 2022


What is the full story of the woman

According to the Daily Star news, the name of this woman living in Austin, Texas is Theresa, who is suffering from a disease called lipoedema. In this disease, there is a lot of swelling on the feet, due to which there was pain in their feet. However, when Theresa went to a specialist in this disease about her problem, he said with a glance that there is no swelling on your feet, but it is your obesity.

'I suffered from severe foot problems since the age of eight'

‘I suffered from severe foot problems since the age of eight’

Talking about this painful story, Theresa said, ‘I have been suffering from the problem of big feet since the age of eight, but as I got older, the area above my knees started to get bigger and so did my calves. It also started to hurt. At the same time I went to a shopping store to buy some special socks for myself and when a lady working there saw my feet she told me it was lipoedema and she told me to get a doctor’s prescription.’

'I had already heard about lipoedema and…'

‘I had already heard about lipoedema and…’

Theresa added, ‘I had already heard of lipoedema and had done some research online. But, the way the lady in that store told me about her problem and her doctor brought tears to my eyes. However, when I reached the doctor with the prescription given by him, he looked at me and said that it is not swelling, just your obesity.

'Sometimes the hands start to swell'

‘Sometimes the hands start to swell’

About her story, Theresa added, ‘After hearing this from the doctor, I was not satisfied and went to another specialist. When the doctor saw me there and examined me thoroughly, he told me that I had both lipoedema and lymphedema. It is a disease in which a person’s feet and sometimes hands get swollen to such an extent that it becomes difficult to live day to day. And, this condition causes excruciating pain.’

'When working in the office, feet have to be kept high'

‘When working in the office, feet have to be kept high’

Theresa said, ‘After I came to know about my illness, I started getting treatment from the doctor. However, everyday life became a new challenge for me and to control the swelling and pain in my feet, I had to wear custom fit compression socks. Even while working in the office I had to keep my legs elevated.

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'Finding a chair of your own size is also a big challenge'

‘Finding a chair of your own size is also a big challenge’

Theresa added, ‘I walk very slowly, can’t even stand for long, if I have to sit somewhere it becomes a big challenge to find a chair of that size for me. But despite all these difficulties, I did not lose courage and decided that I will make people aware about this disease. Today I have almost 85,000 followers on Instagram, where I inspire people to fight this disease.

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