Lymphedema: An Interview with Joan White, Lighthouse Lymphedema Network (Episode 80, To Your Health with Dr. Jim Morrow)
Joan White with the Lighthouse Lymphedema Network was Dr. Morrow’s guest on this episode of To Your Health. She and Dr. Morrow discussed what lymphedema is, what causes it, and the evolution of treatment over the years. They also talked about how to find certified therapists, the need for research on children with lymphedema, the future of treatment, and more.
To Your Health is brought to you by Village Medical (formerly Morrow Family Medicine), which brings the care back to healthcare.
Lighthouse Lymphedema Network
Lymphedema is a chronic medical condition that occurs when a blockage in the lymphatic system prevents lymph fluid from draining well, resulting in swelling. Often in the arms of breast cancer survivors and legs of prostate cancer patients, lymphedema can be located in any part of the body.
Since its founding around a dining room table in 1993, the Lighthouse Lymphedema Network (LLN) has grown to become one of the most recognized, respected and fast-growing non-profit organizations dedicated to promoting education and awareness about this disease we call lymphedema and providing assistance and support, not only for those afflicted with this disease but for their families, friends and even their healthcare providers.
The LLN has many goals and their mission is constantly expanding.
It seems as soon as one project is completed, another slips into its place. The LLN Board of Directors is very dedicated to serving those in the world of lymphatics and lymphatic disorders. They have no paid staff; only patients, medical professionals and community volunteers who donate their time and energy to keep the organization moving in a positive direction.
Joan White, Director, Lighthouse Lymphedema Network
Joan White is the Director of the Lighthouse Lymphedema Network. The LLN is a highly respected nonprofit that White started in 1993 around her kitchen table.
The organization sponsors an annual medical conference which includes patients, caregivers, family members, and medical professionals. The LLN will be sponsoring the 24th annual medical conference on October 22, 2022 at the ROAM Perimeter, Atlanta, GA. The LLN has a Bandage and Garment Fund to assist underserved patients who cannot afford them. The fund receives assistance from It’s The Journey through a grant and donations from many generous donors to assist patients in getting garments, bandages, and other items to give them the best quality of life.
The LLN publishes a quarterly newsletter, maintains a database of over 1,400 individuals, participates in It’s The Journey annual walk, and has a first-rate website lighthouselymphedema.org.
The LLN has been selected as the charity of choice for the spring golf and cornhole outing that is sponsored by the Southern Loss Association at Chateau Elan. The LLN is thankful for a strong board of directors and volunteers.
About Village Medical (formerly Morrow Family Medicine)
Village Medical, formerly Morrow Family Medicine, is an award-winning, state-of-the-art family practice with offices in Cumming and Milton, Georgia. The practice combines healthcare information technology with old-fashioned care to provide the type of care that many are in search of today. Two physicians, three physician assistants and two nurse practitioners are supported by a knowledgeable and friendly staff to make your visit to Village Medical one that will remind you of the way healthcare should be. At Village Medical, we like to say we are “bringing the care back to healthcare!” The practice has been named the “Best of Forsyth” in Family Medicine in all five years of the award, is a three-time consecutive winner of the “Best of North Atlanta” by readers of Appen Media, and the 2019 winner of “Best of Life” in North Fulton County.
Village Medical offers a comprehensive suite of primary care services including preventative care, treatment for illness and injury, and management of chronic conditions such as diabetes, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and kidney disease. Atlanta-area patients can learn more about the practice here.
Dr. Jim Morrow, Village Medical, and Host of To Your Health with Dr. Jim Morrow
Dr. Jim Morrow is the founder of Morrow Family Medicine. He has been a trailblazer and evangelist in healthcare information technology, was named Physician IT Leader of the Year by HIMSS, a HIMSS Davies Award Winner, the Cumming-Forsyth Chamber of Commerce Steve Bloom Award Winner as Entrepreneur of the Year and he received a Phoenix Award as Community Leader of the Year from the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. He is married to Peggie Morrow and together they founded the Forsyth BYOT Benefit, a charity in Forsyth County to support students in need of technology and devices. They have two Goldendoodles, a gaggle of grandchildren and enjoy life on and around Lake Lanier.
The complete show archive of To Your Health with Dr. Jim Morrow addresses a wide range of health and wellness topics.