Marla Morgan is the survivor of a rare and aggressive breast cancer called inflammatory breast cancer (IBC).
According to the National Cancer Institute, IBC occurs in only 1 to 5 percent of all breast cancers diagnosed in the United States. The treatment required to save Morgan’s life has left her with permanent burn damage.
“It hurt really bad,” Morgan said. “I had radiation sickness, horrible headaches from the second treatment until the last.”
Currently, the only thing she can do for relief from the severe radiation damage is to apply a brown cream called Aquifer.
But as bad as her IBC treatment was, the removal of all the lymph nodes in her left arm pit left a condition much harder to bear. Morgan suffers from lymphedema, a condition that causes painful swelling of her entire left arm from her shoulder down to her hands.
“It comes and goes with frequent flare-ups,” she said. “My left arm swells so much it doesn’t look like I have an elbow. My hands swell, my upper arm and under arm.”
To reduce the swelling, Morgan must wear a special compression sleeve on her arm, and at night, must always wrap her entire arm in an ACE bandage.
Read the entire story in this Wednesday's edition of The Graham Leader.