Dr. Ryan Hamilton (University of New Brunswick) and I recently completed interviews with cancer survivors in New Brunswick and Ontario. Participants in this qualitative study had experience with either lower or upper limb lymphedema. In this article, Dr. Hamilton and I explore the impact of lymphedema and the ways in which participants felt their condition was simultaneously visible and invisible.
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Our project began several years ago in Saskatchewan with a group of engaged and committed breast cancer survivors who were living with lymphedema. Since that time, our research (led by Drs. Liz Quinlan and Roanne Thomas) has led to several live performances across Canada, a YouTube channel (link here), and other initiatives.
A poster summarizing some of the impact of this research appears below and is available for download in French and English below.