Learning to thrive with one of cancer’s enduring side-effects.

Modelling some of my compression garments

This week is Lymphoedema awareness week, and 6 March is World Lymphoedema Day, so I wanted to share some of the ways I live with this common side-effect of cancer treatment. I will also be in conversation with a lymphoedema nurse for a Breast Cancer Now Facebook Live on Thursday 4 March, so tune in at 7pm GMT via their Facebook page if you want to find out more.

But first, what is lymphoedema?

As well as veins and arteries carrying blood all around the body, there is another system that we don’t always learn about in school: the lymphatic…


It’s as if I had a practice run for 2020

An image of a 2020 wall calendar with various trips and treats scribbled out and a yellow line through each day of quarantine
An image of a 2020 wall calendar with various trips and treats scribbled out and a yellow line through each day of quarantine
Another year of cancelled plans

Across the globe everyone’s life has, in one way or another, been impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic. As the new year dawns, many people have gazed resentfully at their 2020 wall calendars, noting all the trips and treats which ended up being crossed out, cancelled, or postponed. But 2020 wasn’t the first year my plans lay in ruins. Both 2017 and 2019 were, similarly, pretty much a write-off, because I spent the majority of my time going through treatment for breast cancer (2017) and ovarian cancer (2019). …

Carmel Cardona

Founder of Stitch Your Parachute. I write about resilience and cultural leadership, feminism and cancer survivorship. She/her.

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