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Don’t let lymphoedema go undiagnosed - Val's story

Val Rimmer, 70 from from Dudley, North Tyneside, has had lymphoedema for as long as she can remember but it wasn’t until five years ago that she was diagnosed with the condition.

She is now treated for her lymphoedema at the Hospice.

Val tells us more:

“I’ve been coming to the Hospice for about five years now and it’s great to know that I’m not on my own, and that there are lots of other people who have lymphoedema.

“Before I was diagnosed I worked at a local hospital and mentioned to a colleague that I thought I had “fat legs”. She worked closely with St Oswald’s and knew about the lymphoedema department and so she recommended I went to my GP.

“I got two separate opinions but I was finally diagnosed with lymphoedema and referred to the clinic at St Oswald’s Hospice. I now go to the outreach clinic at Shiremoor about every six months for treatment, which includes bandaging my legs to help manage my condition.

“Everything about St Oswald’s has been absolutely top class. Now that the lymphoedema in my legs in being managed, I can wear different types of shoes, so it has helped a lot.”