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Table of Contents

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Appendix 1:
Dr. Cronin-Credentials
Appendix 11:
Dr. De Ipolyi—Credentials
Appendix 111:
Dr. Erik Maus—Credentials
Chapter 1
The Feminine Perception of Women
Chapter 2
The Masculine Perception of Women
Chapter 3
The Journey
Chapter 4
The Beginning
Chapter 5
Making The Right Choices
Chapter 6
The Loss
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
The Preparation
Chapter 9
The Surgery
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Understanding Lymph Flow
The Lymphatic System Chart
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
The Journey Continues 4 Years Later
Chapter 15
The Journey Continues 10 Years Later
Chapter 16
Breast Cancer—Dr. Peter De Ipolyi
Chapter 17
Breast Reconstruction—Dr. Ernest Cronin
Chapter 18
Lymphedema—Dr. Erik Maus
Chapter 19
Lymphedema Network Information
Chapter 20
Lympha Press Pump Controlled Studies


























There are many books written by breast cancer survivors. Everyone is so involved in letting you know how brave and strong they are, getting past the treatments; but how difficult life is after the cancer is never discussed. The problems we face with lymphedema after breast cancer, how to accept its' disability is seldom mentioned. How husbands and wives deal with this tragedy together is also never brought up. I am a 15 year survivor and have had to deal with lymphedema for as many years. Our problems just aren't addressed adequately by our treating physician, or even our oncologist. My book offers the reader first hand information on how to live a normal life and work a normal schedule, no matter what your profession may be. As a deep tissue medical massage therapist, I would be unable to continue my work if I didn't take the steps I do to keep my lymphedema under control. Being strong and determined to continue living is not enough if you don't know what you should do to manage this misunderstood and under treated condition. My work includes chapters written by the oncologist, plastic surgeon and a physician specializing in treating lymphedema. Not only do I have his expert opinion, but I outline what is necessary for me as a survivor, to do and be aware of on a daily basis in order to keep my condition under control. The main objective of my work is to make a difference for other survivors, helping them live a more productive and fuller life. In my practice I treat many women that have nowhere to turn and do not receive the care and advise they so desperately need. So much information is to be found, but the average woman doesn't always know where to look. The information in this book brings it all together. This is universal problem.

Freda Whalen-Plues was born in Mamou Louisiana, in 1943. She is a licensed Massage Therapist specializing in Deep Tissue Medical Massage for the past thirty-four years. A ten year survivor of breast cancer, Freda suffers with Lymphedema and still manages to work a full eight to ten hour day. Stan Plues was born in London, England, in 1940. He is a Third Generation Master Butcher. In September of 2009, he was diagnosed with Non Hodgkins Lymphoma. He also suffers with Lymphedema in his right leg. He and Freda have been married for the past 20 years. They live and work in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Peter de Ipolyi, M. D. was born in Mank, Austria. He is on the surgical staff of Christus St. Joseph Hospital and serves as Associate Scientific Director at The Stehlin Foundation for Cancer Research in Houston, Texas. He is board certified by The American Board of Surgery. He has a Surgical Oncology practice in Houston, Texas.

Ernest Cronin, M. D. was born in Houston, Texas, he is Chief of Staff of Christus St. Joseph Hospital. He is board certified by both the American Board of Otolaryngology and the American Board of Plastic Surgeons. He practices in Houston, Texas.

Erik Maus, M. D. was born in Mexico City. He is assistant professor of Medicine at The University of Texas in Houston and the director of The Memorial Hermann Center for Lymphedema Management. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and The American Board of Preventive Medicine in Hyperbaric Medicine. He practices in Houston, Texas.

This book is a must read for anyone facing Breast Cancer !!

"The Journey" offers the reader, answers and solutions to many of your un-answered questions. If you are faced with a diagnoses of breast cancer and lymphedema, Freda’s experience will help you to understand what is actually happening to your body and help guide you while making the many decisions which will affect not only your whole life, but your relationships with your partner and indeed your whole family.

You will better understand the importance of managing lymphedema and be informed concerning what is right or wrong in controlling this often mis-understood and under diagnosed condition. The medical expertise included in this book is invaluable towards helping you to make the necessary preparations when facing breast cancer. The information provided by Dr. Erik Maus will be essential in helping you protect your limbs should you develop lymphedema, whether after your surgery or many years later.

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The Journey —  Surviving Breast Cancer and Managing Lymphedema

The Journey —
Surviving Breast Cancer and Managing Lymphedema

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