Jan 27, 2008

My Big Foot on TLC

Tonight I discovered there is a program on The Learning Channel called "My Shocking Story" with one epsiode called "My Big Foot" about two different women living the "lymphadema life." I was sorry that I missed the very beginning of the show. My daughter actually told me it was on. It was interesting to see what therapy choices they chose and what results came from it.

I checked the TLC website and the program runs one more time January 28th at 12:00 a.m. but I couldn't figure out if it's eastern time zone or what. If you can figure it out, maybe you can tape it or something. I also couldn't find a place to order copies of programs, so I'm not sure if that service is available or not. If someone finds that information, I would like to know more.

Here is a brief snynopsis of the program:



My Big Foot

Vicki is 45 years old and since she was a child her leg has been growing bigger and bigger as a result of the condition, Lymphedema.

Her foot and leg have grown out of all proportions and are now so big that it’s hard to fathom that they are actually part of a human body - her leg alone weighs 7 stone. A single mum to her 8 year-old daughter, she is struggling to survive, living under the poverty line, with a terrible medical condition.

We spend time with Vicki, understanding how tough life is for her and really getting under the skin of what it’s like being her. Her spirit and sense of humour are indicative of her strength as she battles to live life to the full.

She has never had the finances to get treatment, but now through the help of Pam Cohen at Lymphax supplying her with free treatment and care, Vicki has a chance of a new life. Through massage and drainage, her leg will be reduced, and through wearing tight and painful supports she could reduce her leg to a normal size. She has been waiting for 30 years for this chance.

But Vicki's story becomes even more engrossing as her previous doctor reveals that unbelievably she has been allowed free medical care before, but has refused it as she has fallen in love with her leg. As she has had this condition for so long she looks at her leg as a living entity which separates her from normality and makes her feel exceptional.

As she begins to talk to her leg more and more, are we to believe she will really go through with the treatment or are her words just false promises?

This is a link to the center that helped Vicki with her condition

http://www.lymphatx.com/

5 comments:

tony said...

i just came across this, as i'm watching it right now on tv, thanks for summarizing it though, i missed the first bit

Anonymous said...

I watched half of the show last night. It came on late enough that I wasn't able to stay up to watch all of it. However, I have to wonder why her parents did not beg, borrow, or steal the money to get their daughter help for her condition YEARS ago. To go through life with a near 100 pound foot is not logical. Sure people are gonna stare. You can't imagine anyone NOT staring really..now think about it. I would have found some answers long ago if I were her parents and not let this poor woman suffer like she has in recent years. There is no excuse.

Anonymous said...

I JUST SAW A RE-RUN OF THIS LAST WEEKEND. I CAN'T BELIEVE A MOTHER CARES MORE ABOUT HER FOOT THAN SHE DOES HER OWN DAUGHTER! I THINK SHE IS REFUSING TREATMENT BECAUSE SHE LIKES ALL THE ATTENTION! CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES SHOULD COME AND TAKE AWAY HER DAUGHTER! THEN MAYBE SHE WILL GET THE TREATMENT! NO CHILD SHOULD HAVE TO GO THROUGH THIS! SEEMS TO ME THIS WOMAN NEEDS SOME PROFESSIONAL MENTAL HELP AS WELL!

Anonymous said...

Don't be daft. She loves her daughter, and that is clear. She is going through with the therapy and getting better. Way to judge somebody you've never met. Sounds like you have issues that we should bring to the attention of the authorities. Dummy.

Anonymous said...

I have been trying to find that episode online for days! Does anyone know anything about that doctor in Sweden that specializes in liposuction for lymphedema????