Self-Care Classes

The Northwest Lymphedema Center is committed to helping YOU. We want you to know that lymphedema is manageable. With our guidance and classes, you will learn about the tools and techniques available to help minimize the questions, frustrations and confusion you may be feeling now. You’ll feel more confidence when you leave the class with a routine to follow that helps you live with lymphedema.  

Our class will teach that you can be proactive in your own self-care, that your lymphedema doesn’t have to control your life, and that you are not alone. With this comprehensive information, conversations about lymphedema will become easier to share with your family, friends and medical providers.  

Class Schedule

The class sessions begin at 10 a.m. with a lunch break at noon, resuming at 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. (PST). We start with the basics: What is lymphedema? What is the lymphatic system and how does it support your health and immune system? You will hear about the symptoms, risks, precautions and care of your condition. The instructors will talk about Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT), the most effective treatment for lymphedema relief, from diagnosis to treatment and beyond.  

Following lunch, you will participate in a short demonstration of a movement therapy called Healthy Steps; learn the basics of self-Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) and self-bandaging; and understand the reasons compression broadens your self-care options. We teach skin care and other personal hygiene measures, an essential aspect of caring for your body.

In addition, you’ll be encouraged to create a self-care journal to track your physical and emotional progress. You’ll discover by the end of the class that you have been empowered by sharing your story, and hearing other people’s stories. 

The class ends with a round of questions and answers.

Class Instructors

Your instructors, experienced health educators, are trained as Certified Lymphedema Therapists, or as Garment Fitters and some of them have lymphedema themselves. Our guest speakers have additional training in programs that can enhance your ability to live well with lymphedema.

We invite you to take this class with us. Knowledge and camaraderie will go a long way toward helping you rise above the challenges and live your best life.


We rely on the generosity of individuals and sponsors who support our mission and activities.

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