“Lipoedema is a part of me that I don’t need to be ashamed about.”

Carina Schmalenberg, lipoedema patient

Carina Schmalenberg

“I always had problems with hot temperatures: My arms and legs hurt when there were extreme changes in the weather. My proportions have been more pronounced than those of my friends since we were young. However, it was not until 2015 that an angiologist diagnosed me with lipoedema in the upper and lower extremities. On the one hand, I was pleased to finally have found out what the problem was. On the other hand, I was very scared about the future. I received support from my parents, friends and online research, as well as my own lipoedema blog. That is how I found a self-help group and got to know other people suffering from the condition, as well as experienced medics.
I am now open and confident about my condition. Lipoedema is a part of me that I don’t need to be ashamed about. Helping women with lipoedema or lymphoedema become more self-confident is important to me. I can no longer imagine life without my compression garments. They are my daily companions, my comfort zone and safety net, my second skin.

The stockings reduce my pain and make my day-to-day life easier. Consistently wearing mediven 550 helps to achieve a visible reduction in circumference! I find the high working pressure of the flat knit material especially helpful. The mediven 550 gives my tissue that feeling of security back. And it’s great that there are lots of cool colours with great design and fashion elements! This makes me feel like I am getting good support in every regard and can also wear fashionable clothes. My message to other people suffering from the condition: Be yourself and don’t change. Enjoy your life as much as you can.”