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The Brilliance of Lipedema Community

By November 30, 2023 June 23rd, 2024 No Comments
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I remember the first time I joined the Lipedema TRIBE Community support group meeting. I was so nervous and ashamed, but the other members were so welcoming and supportive. They shared their own stories and offered me advice and encouragement. I left that meeting feeling like I had finally found a place where I belonged.

Community is a vital part of our lives. It provides us with support, friendship, and a sense of belonging. It helps us to cope with stress and hardship, and it gives us the strength to achieve our goals.

Statistics and research findings:

  • Studies have shown that people who are involved in social networks have lower rates of depression and anxiety.
  • People who live in communities with strong social ties tend to live longer and healthier lives.
  • Community involvement has been linked to improved academic performance, reduced crime rates, and increased civic engagement.

When I think of community, I often think of the song “Lean on Me” by Bill Withers. My chorus sings this song as a part of our regular rehearsals and performances. It expresses how vital support circles are to each of us. I have discovered that being a member of the lipedema community has given me strength and a place to turn to when things get a bit heavy or hard to bear. 

This is true for more than just me. We often hear stories from our community members telling us how they appreciate the support of one or more of our other members. The brilliance and talent of our community will guide us in directions that we can only imagine if we open our hearts and minds to each other and the community at large.

So, lean on me. I’ll lean on you. We will lean on each other. Lift your voice, I’ll lift mine. We will elevate the voices of others.

Community is a gift. It’s a source of strength, support, and connection. Let’s all cherish the communities we have, and let’s work to build stronger communities for everyone.

Here are some ideas for how to get involved in your community:

  • Join a support group or club related to your interests or hobbies.
  • Volunteer for a cause you care about.
  • Take a masterclass or workshop on a topic that interests you.
  • Attend community events and meetings.
  • Get to know your neighbors and support local businesses.

No matter how you choose to get involved, community can enrich your life in many ways.

Together, we will show that… Anything is possible with Lipedema!

~ Gail Straker, BAEd
Community Manager, Director of Coaching
Lipedema Simplified

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