I've obviously had this all my life as anyone with lipoedema will know that it's a genetic condition. I come from a family of pear shaped women and we all thought this was just our family shape but it wasn't until I put on alot of weight very quickly and fat accumilated on my calves, shins & ankles that I really started to worry about what was wrong with my legs.
I'll make no bones about it, I was always a big child and I turned into a big adult. It never seemed fair that I didn't seem to eat anymore than anyone else but I got bigger & bigger. Exercise at that time wasn't my friend so I just guessed I put on weight because I was lazy.
One day it all got too much and I plucked up the courage to go to the Doctors and I said 'why are my legs like this? I know I'm fat but other fat people don't have legs like this'. Various Doctors were called in and prodded my legs but no-one knew. I was sent to the lymphedema clinic at Guys & St Thomas's Hospital in London, where the Consultant said he didn't think I had lymphedema but there was some research being done at St George's Hospital in Tooting on a condition called Lipoedema, a genetic fat disorder. He then went on to say he didn't believe in it and that I should lose some weight. As he must've been about 25+ stone I did think 'pot', 'kettle' & 'black'.
So nothing more happened until I seriously (again) started to lose weight with the help of a hypno-therapist. She thought if I could get some help with my funny legs then I would be happier in myself and perhaps not revert to poor eating habits. Years had passed since my joke appointment at Guys & St Thomas and with the help of the internet I found a brilliant man called Professor Peter Mortimer.
In a couple of quick emails to his secretary I had managed to secure an appointment. At that appointment he quickly diagnosed lipo-lymphedema. He was absolutely lovely. He also told me about the Hanse Klinik in Germany where I am getting my surgery done. If Professor Mortimer recommends it, it's got to be good!
Ok, so that's where I'll leave it today. I just wanted to give some background. I'm happy to answer any questions on my medical background, weight etc.