Hello, my name is Carol. I am a Mum, Entrepreneur and woman living with Lipoedema! This is my blog, where I post my journey through liposuction, and life! I will share all my lifestyle choices to help others manage their bodies and minds to achieve balance. I started with Love Life Lipoedema to provide you with information and new ideas to help you make the best decisions for your life.
You can contact me at: hello@lovelifelipoedema.com.au

My journey has been an interesting adventure, but I am sure its important to understand where I have come from and why I made the decisions that I have!

Three and half years ago I was fortunate enough to not see my normal GP, I say fortunate because the GP that I did end up seeing informed me that I may have this thing that she had read about called Lipoedema! (Knowing what I know now all I can do is laugh and cry due to GP’s lack of knowledge of anything!). She advised me that she had no information to give me and that it would be best to try and find out through internet searches all I could!

I had been suffering extreme weight fluctuations from 50 kgs to 110 kgs for many years but my legs really started not changing in size as I got older, I have attached a picture to show you all, as so many people often say it does not even look like me, but trust me it is.

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I felt lost, alone and I was so sick of being told to simply eat less and lose weight!
I ran home from that doctors visit and eagerly googled “Lipoedema” well that ended in tears, I was scared, really scared! All I could see was the the image we have all seen of Stage 1, 2 and 3 with no real information.

Instantly I thought my life was over and I cried for hours. The following weeks were focused on establishing as much information as I could find.

I found the details for an amazing Manual Lymphatic Drainage expert who i called and started to put the pieces of the puzzle together for me, I finally felt like I may find some answers.

Over the last 3.5 years I have worked feverishly to become the healthiest person I could be. If you want to find out exactly what I have done through Nutrition and Movement then please follow the link to understand what I have done to date!

My decision to under go liposuction was a very long process. I have agonized over the decision fearful if I would receive the results that I wanted and dreamed about, but one thing I can say now is to focus on being Lipoedema free rather than a reduction in size. Removing this disease from my body was my focus, getting healthy and ensuring that for the rest of my life that I was fit, healthy and able to live a completely normal life was paramount!

Deciding which surgeon to see is a very personal decision and one that I want to emphasis is completely yours. You alone need to feel that the surgeon has your best interest at heart. Throughout the journal you will understand why I chose Dr Stutz and the level of care that I received.

I ask each of you to remember that there is no right or wrong method, right or wrong doctor, and everyone's journey is just that their own journey, I share with you all my journey in the hope to fill the void of information around Lipoedema that I felt when I found out.

My methods may not be right for you but it may help you figure out what works for you too, give everything a go, don’t turn your back on your well being and future health!

Importantly I also point out that this can be a highly charged environment mentally, by this I mean that there can be a serious amount of emotions vested in the progression of this disease that you may not realise you are carrying, be kind to yourself and try to identify all that makes you the amazing person you are. Remembering always that others have their toolbox of emotions that they have built over years due to this disease so being empathetic is super important.

Lastly I want to point out that it is irrelevant on the Stage or the Size of your body, there is not one person who suffers more than another, it is all relevant to the individual. Having spoken completely honestly and raw to women Stage 1 to Stage 4 I know we all suffer from the same core concerns, so please don’t judge against those that may be smaller than you or larger than you.

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To all my readers,

Sorry for the delay in getting up all the information for this blog! Having just came back from surgery 21 days ago the recovery process is long and slow!

I am super excited to be bringing you all my information and my experiences, but I am just finding that I need to take it slow.

There will be 38 days of my journey eventually up here on the website and jam packed information on Lipoedema, how to eat right, what you should be doing from a movement
perspective and emotions!

Please just hang in there with me and I look forward to the journey ahead with all of you!

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The time has come to leave on the biggest journey of my life, so many mixed emotions that I cant even begin to tell you!

Leaving our daughter behind has been the hardest thing I have needed to do! She was at the airport with us and I think it only really sank in for her when it was time to board! I had so many tears in my eyes but I could not let her see my tears. Our first stop would be Melbourne to get onto our connecting flight out of the country with Qatar airways as they were not flying out of Adelaide for another week directly. The whole process is starting to feel real now, and some nerves are starting to set in.

Have I made the right decision? will this help me?, will it hurt ( I hate pain so the thought of needles and pain really gives me the heebie jeebies) but I need to think of the long term gain of never having the Lipoedema progress from stage 1.

We board ourlove life lipoedema flight at 10 pm and I settle into my seat ready for the 14 hour flight to Doha. The flight is long, unable to sleep maybe 4 hours in total so i am feeling wrecked and a little crazy. Our next connecting flight is from Doha to Frankfurt, which was a 30 minute turn around. I was so glad that i got us to the gate when we did as we hadn’t even sat down and they were calling for everyone to board. Our plane this time was the all talked about Dream liner, it was smaller and far more uncomfortable, I have no idea how anyone large would be able to fit in the seats at all, its really unfair. the six hours went quick enough and we arrived  in Frankfurt without a drama.  

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Collecting our car was a little bit of an issue but we got there in the end. Warning for all those considering driving in Germany especially if your not from Europe – they drive at 200 km per hour on the wrong side of the road and the wrong side of the car lol! It is freaky! My poor husband had to get the hang of driving with these crazy Germans, they have the reputation for their driving and it is certainly true.

Arriving in at Frankfurt airport we traveled for 2.5 hours which was 330 km from the airport to Dr Stutz office. The accommodation that we have booked is the apartment 200 m up the road from the Dr s rooms. There will be a full list of all the services that I used on separate download for anyone that is interested, including the cost break down.

Today is Sunday in Germany and coming from Australia we are completely unaware that there is literally nothing open to get food or retail stores open! Heading out into the country side of Schwarzenbach am Wald everyone is rugged up in their own little homes so you need to be aware of their retail opening hours. We ended up driving back out of Schwarzenbach about 30 min to a McDonald’s that we saw on the way in!

Not something that I have eaten in years but it filled the void LOL!

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Woke up to snow today which was absolutely fantastic, a beautiful dusting of what looked like icing sugar on ginger bread houses.

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Today is the day we got settled in, the apartment that we have chosen is lovely it has everything we need other than a washing machine, not too sure if there is a laundry mat or other laundry facilities in the town, I highly doubt it as the town is really little ( which makes it really cute).

On the drive into Schwarzenbach you will see a gorgeous café with a smiling croissant, we decided to go their for breakfast as we had no food in the apartment yet. The lady behind the counter was super sweet and spoke a little English, enough to get a coffee and pastry each for breakfast, it was soooo good!

We decided to go for a drive and find the supermarkets that we saw while were driving to get McDonalds 30 mins away from last night when we realised that there is nothing open on a Sunday, lucky for us the two supermarkets REWE and Netto are literally 5 min drive from the LLLHappyCrossaintapartment.

They don’t really speak English here, so please make sure you learn a little German, only if it is to say hello, goodbye, I don’t speak German, how much is the bill that will pretty much get you through shopping and eating out. Make the effort at least to speak a little German considering we have come into their country! Shopping is pretty standard it all looks the same and if you are unsure of what something is then the pictures are pretty accurate. We decided it would be cheaper to make our own food but everyone is different, the problem is the lack of restaurants in a close proximity. I have my first appointment today to meet the Dr, I am super nervous and apparently I am also booked in for a procedure called Endemologie which i have no idea will entail! Its all pretty surreal to be here and to have this day finally come.

Meeting Dr Stutz for the first time was a little scary, I have no idea why as he is so lovely. His grasp on the English language is impeccable! After meeting with him I was ushered up stairs to meet Jutta his wife who is responsible for the Endemologie. Its basically a machine that helps from my understanding to break down the fat as much as possible before the operation, this helps Dr Stutz during surgery to get as much out as possible. I am all for that!!! 

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