But odds are, someone you know is suffering from it

But odds are, someone you know is suffering from it

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So why does this happen? Our cells get oxygen, nutrients and water every single day to keep our bodies ticking. Our body tissue can only handle so much fluid and that’s where the lymphatic system comes into play.

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In just four and a half months, Gauntt lost 150 pounds. Two months after that, he was walking again.

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Academy Award winning actress Kathy Bates was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012 and underwent a double mastectomy. After doctors removed 20 lymph nodes, she immediately noticed her right arm swelling a result of lymphedema.

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