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s p r i n g / s u m m e r 2 0 1 3
2r a c h e l l e v i n T r o x e l l 1970 - 2008
O u r S t O r y
The story of LympheDIVAs began in Philadelphia when two young breast cancer survivors,
Rachel Troxell and Robin Miller, developed lymphedema, a side effect of breast cancer
treatment that can cause permanent swelling in the arms. Their physicians and lymphedema
therapists recommended a compression sleeve as the most effective way of controlling the
swelling. When they researched the options for the sleeve they found that the only ones
available were rough textured, heavy, hot, beige, and bandage-like. Frustrated and dismayed
over the lack of options they had for compression sleeves, Robin and Rachel met with Kristin
Dudley, a fashion designer, to discuss their idea of creating a more elegant and comfortable
In late 2007, Robin left the company. Soon after, Rachel discovered her breast cancer had
returned. While she was being treated, she continued building LympheDIVAs, which brought
her much joy during a difficult time in her life. Rachel died January 22, 2008, at the age of
37. Her determination and compassion to improve the lives of breast cancer survivors is very
much ingrained in the spirit of LympheDIVAs.
Today, LympheDIVAs products can be found in retail locations nationwide and internationally.
At Rachels request, her father Dr. Howard Levin and her mother, Judy Levin took over the
responsibility of running the company which their daughter helped found. In August of 2010,
Rachels little brother, Josh Levin, joined the company and is now running it with his parents.
They all hope that LympheDIVAs compression apparel will continue to inspire breast cancer
survivors everywhere to feel as beautiful, strong and confident as Rachel was.
a b O u t ly m p h e d e m aWhat is the lymphatic system and lymphedema? The lymphatic system is structured
like a web, occasionally draining into small nodes that filter the lymphatic fluid. The system
works through the pumping power of the bodys muscles. When the muscles contract they
increase pressure within the lymph vessels, which causes the fluid to move. A series of one-
way valves ensure that the lymphatic fluid moves in the right direction. Lymphedema is a
build up of protein rich fluid in the subcutaneous interstitial compartment. This occurs when
either lymph fluid is impeded from flowing through the lymph vessels and lymphatic system
or there is an excess of fluid that exceeds the carrying capacity of the lymph system. The
fluid collects in the subcutaneous and deep tissues causing swelling of the affected area
and predisposes to chronic inflammation.
What happens when lymphedema occurs in people after breast cancer treatment?
When a sentinel node is removed, a number of nodes are removed, or if the nodes receive
radiation therapy, the body is at risk for lymphedema. The loss of lymph nodes and vessels
can result in lymphedema in the arm or other parts of the body. The amount of fluid
collected is variable and at this time is unpredictable because of the variability of the
insults and the lymphatic system itself.
Why is it important to be aware of this? Any event which stimulates the formation of
increased protein fluid and floating cells between the cells in the arm (such as infection,
trauma and sun burn) or slows the flow of lymph fluid out of the arm (such as having blood
pressure taken with a cuff) can increase the chance of fluid accumulating in the arm. Since
no truly curative therapies exist, medical intervention is focused on preventing occurrences
and recurrences and is most often dependent on patient self-management and adherence.
Prolonged or severe fluid build up can result in a more severe and permanent lymphedema.
How do LympheDIVAs sleeves and gauntlets help manage lymphedema?
Lymphedema is managed and treated through a variety of therapies. Compression garments
are one such therapy. Our sleeves and gauntlets are Class 1 (20-30mmHg) and Class 2
(30-40mmHg) medical devices. Like other sleeves they utilize graduated compression with
the highest pressure at the wrist and hand, which acts as a pump to encourage the lymph
vessels to push the lymph fluid toward the body. Our garments are regularly tested to
ensure proper compression.
How do LympheDIVAs sleeves and gauntlets make lymphedema management easier?
We believe that a majority of sleeves that are prescribed and purchased are worn a few
times and then hidden in a drawer because of distaste and discomfort. Knowing that a
compression sleeve cannot reduce the chance of occurrence or swelling by remaining in the
drawer, we have made lymphedema management easier by creating a fashionable garment
with superior comfort. A LympheDIVA enjoys wearing her sleeve because it is stylish,
fashionable and fun. Women are more likely to derive the benefits of the garments simply
because they are more likely to wear them and less likely to suffer from complications!
Who should wear a LympheDIVAs sleeve? Our garments are appropriate for those
with mild to moderate lymphedema, or for those at risk. Our Class 1 sleeves are not
recommended for severe swelling.
When should a sleeve be worn? We recommend consulting with a doctor or lymphedema
therapist in order to find the most appropriate therapy for you. All women who are at risk for
lymphedema or who have mild to moderate lymphedema should, at a minimum, wear their
sleeve and gauntlet during air travel and while exercising.
r i S k r e d u c t i O nGuidelines for reducing the risk of lymphedema for those who have had lymph node removal and/or radiation
av o i D B u r n sProtect your arm from sunburn. Use oven mitts when cooking & avoid splash burns from steaming foods. Do not use hot tubs or saunas.
K e e p a h e a lT y D i e TMaintaining a healthy weight lowers the risk for developing lymphedema. Lower sodium intake.
av o i D m u s c l e s T r a i nIt is okay to do normal activities & exercise with the affected arm, but dont overdo it! Consult with you doctor about the level of activity that is right for you.
av o i D i n f e c T i o nHave blood drawn & shots given on the unaffected arm. Keep your skin clean and protected from cuts and scratches. Always carry band-aids!
K e e p s K i n p r o T e c T e DUse pH balanced lotions and soaps. Protect hands with gloves when cleaning.
av o i D r e s T r i c T i v e c l o T h i n gWearing tight jewelry on the affected arm or hand will create a tourniquet effect. Blood pressure should be taken on the unaffected arm or thigh when both arms are affected. Carry briefcases and/or purses on the opposite arm.
Do WAtcH for: a full feeling in your arm a difference in size between the affected and non-affected arm weakness in your arm or not being able to move it as far when pressing on the affected arm for twenty seconds, the impression of the finger remains
m e d i c a l a d v i S O r SLympheDIVAs works with physicians, physical therapists, nurses, nurse practitioners and
physician assistants to assure our customers that the products we design are medically
correct. Our medical advisory team oversees the development of our products and helps us
monitor product testing.
a n D r e a l . c h e v i l l e , m . D .Medical School: Harvard Medical School
fellowship: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Dr. Cheville currently is Senior Associate Consultant at
the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, specializing in cancer
rehabilitation, lymphedema, and survivorship. Until August
2006, Dr. Cheville directed the Cancer Rehabilitation and
Lymphedema Programs at the Hospital of the University of
Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. A leader in the field of
cancer rehabilitation, pain control and symptom management,
Dr. Cheville has published papers on cancer rehabilitation and is a nationally recognized
h o wa r D a . l e v i n , m . D .Medical School: New York University, 1966
Dr. Levin is the father of the founder of LympheDIVAs, LLC,
Rachel Levin Troxell. Following graduation from Medical
School, he was trained in Internal Medicine in the Harvard
training program at Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, Mass.
He spent the next four years as a post doctoral fellow in
Immunology and Rheumatology at Harvard University and
a year at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel as a
Fullbright Scholar. In 1972 he then received an appointment
as Senior Staff Fellow in the Immunology Department of the
National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland. From 1976-1988 he practiced Internal
Medicine and Rheumatology and served as Medical Director of the 70 physician San
Jose Medical Group in San Jose, California. After several years as a medical director for
an insurance company he spent 10 years as a management consultant and partner with
Milliman, USA, an Actuarial and Management Consulting Company. Dr. Levin is currently vice
president and chief medical officer for LympheDIVAs.
expert in this field. Lymphedema is a primary focus of Dr. Chevilles research, and she
serves on the Medical Advisory Committee of the National Lymphedema Network and is
a board member of the Lymphology Association of North America. Dr. Cheville has been
recognized in Philadelphia Magazines May 2002, 2005, 2006 Top Docs issue, and has been
recognized by Best Doctors in America 2005-2006.
J e a n n e T T e Z u c K e r , p h . D .Graduate School: New York University, 2002
Jeannette Zucker holds a clinical Doctorate in Physical
Therapy from New York University. She received her
lymphedema certification from Klose Norton School of
Lymphatic Therapy in 2002 and started her career at
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) in 2003.
In 2004, Jeannette assisted with the establishment of the
lymphedema therapy program at the main campus and as
the Lymphedema Clinical Specialist she continues to work
on further developing the service to promote the awareness,
early diagnosis and risk minimization of lymphedema. She leads the support groups for
patients who have, and are at risk, for lymphedema through the Post-Treatment Resource
Program. Jeannette received her LANA certification in 2005 and was awarded the Susan
G. Komen Conference scholarship by the National Lymphedema Network (NLN) in 2006.
In 2007, she helped to develop the Lower Extremity Lymphedema Prevention Program for
MSKCC and joined the Scientific Committee of the NLN. She continues to serve on the
committee and provide lectures at the biennial NLN Conferences. In 2009, Jeannette
joined the faculty of the Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy. In 2010 she joined the
editorial board of the NLNs electronic newsletter E-Channel. Her current focus on treatment
intervention is edema management regardless of etiology, scar management, and improving
facial mobility and skin mobility through manual lymphatic drainage, myofascial release,
compression therapy, kinesiotaping and laser therapy.
new! p e a c o c KSLEEVE & GAUNTLET
S t u n n i n g i n n O vat i O n SWe set out not to just make a pretty sleeve but also one that is more comfortable and
improves the managment of lymphedema.
We are dedicated to creating medically correct compression apparel for the savvy breast
cancer survivor with lymphedema that will inspire her to feel beautiful, strong and confident.
The medical requirements are obvious, but the emotional aspect of healing is important and
often ignored. A positive mindset can often lead to a much better physical response.
O u r p h i l O S O p h y
Allows our garments to stretch as your arm bends and flexes and
prevents binding at the elbow.
All garments are available in Class 1 (20-30mmHg) and Class 2
Pulls sweat away from the body, cools the arm and is fast drying!
aloe veraA fabric finishing process which adds unscented aloe vera moisturizing
micro-capsules for added softness and skin protection.
fine KniTA fine knit construction producing a smooth lightweight surface and
replicating a second skin.
We believe that getting the hottest and latest patterns to our customers is important. Our
team studies the newest trends in patterns and colors by scouring the runways, attending
trendspotting trade shows and sourcing fashion publications. Just like the fashion power-
houses in New York, London, Milan, Paris and Tokyo, we introduce new patterns biannually
in the Spring and Autumn.
a fa S h i O n S tat e m e n t
S i z i n g c h a r t
small meDium large
a. palm 15 18.7 CM 19 21.9 CM 22 26 CM
B. wrisT 15 19 CM 16.5 21.6 CM 19 23.5 CM
c. miD lower 17.8 23.2 CM 23.5 28.7 CM 28.9 34.3 CM
D. miD upper 21.6 39.4 CM 27 45 CM 32.4 50.5 CM
h o w T o m e a s u r eHave a friend help you to get the most accurate measurements. Relax your arm by resting
it on a table, bending it slightly to create a small bend in the elbow. Your arm should not be
completely straight, nor fully bent.
a. palm Let your fingers relax, and bring the measuring tape so its just under your knuckles. Pull gently so the tape has no slack. Record the measurement.
B. wrisT Hold measuring tape around your wrist, going over the little bone on the outside. Pull tape to the point of gentle tension; there should be no slack, but
you should not be pulling so hard that the tape creates an indentation. Record the
c. miD lower Move the measuring tape up your arm so that it goes around the thick part of your forearm. Use the same amount of gentle tension and record the measurement.
D. miD upper Bring the measuring tape to the upper part of your arm, halfway between your elbow and your armpit. If you have any extra skin here, gather it together as much as
possible. You should hold the tape a bit tighter here so that all your skin is encircled evenly.
Record the measurement.
lengTh Measure your arm length from the top of your arm (axilla) to your wrist to determine your sleeve length.
If you are in between sizes, please consult a medical professional, professional fitter,
lymphedema therapist or LympheDIVAs to ensure proper fit.
lengThSHort 37 44 CM
reGuLAr 43 56 CM
Caring for your garment is as easy as 1-2-3! Following the care instructions will ensure that
your garment lasts the full four to six months while retaining compression.
Turn down the top of the sleeve so its folded over itself.
To remove sleeve, hold the top of the cuff and pull down until it slips off your hand.
Do noT Do any of The following
Doing any of these can potentially ruin the garment and compromise the compression.
hand wash wring dry line dry dry clean use any chemical solvent,
fabric softener, bleach or any other laundry additive
g a r m e n t c a r e
Place the garment
in a lingerie bag to
prevent snagging. 1Machine wash in
warm water using
a gentle detergent. 2Machine dry at
g a r m e n t d O n n i n g
Pull the sleeve over your hand until the end of the sleeve
is at the pictured position on the wrist.
Gently pull the rest of the sleeve evenly up over the arm to
the armpit. Make sure the sleeve is equally spread over the
whole arm and that there are no constrictions or wrinkles.
S O l i d c O l O r Sbei chic
c r y S ta l S
swir l & r ibbonAVAILABLE ON ANY SOLID COLOR
new! c u r r e n T sSLEEVE & GAUNTLET
g e O m e t r i canna GRAY damask
damask BEI CHIC damask FUCHSIA
stella NAVY warrior BLUE
warrior PURPLE warrior SEAFOAM GREEN
g i v i n g b a c k
Sales for items below contribute to Young Survival Coalition, Living Beyond Breast Cancer
and the Conference for Young Women Affected by Breast Cancer (C4YW). Sales for the items on
the facing page contribute to Cricketts Answer for Cancer.
grand krewe versailles
g i v i n g b a c k g i v i n g b a c kliz lange
m a r a K e s hSLEEVE & GAUNTLET
pa i S l e y
white vercache also avai lable in Vercache
new! s Ta r ry n i g h TSLEEVE & GAUNTLET
new! g r e aT wav eSLEEVE & GAUNTLET
f l O r a lbali NIGHT bali SAND
bali SUNSET bloomin betty LIGHT
B l o o m i n B e T T y D a r KSLEEVE & GAUNTLET
s w e e T p e aSLEEVE & GAUNTLET
f l O r a lromantic rose
tat t O Obodhi beige also avai lable in Mocha
lotus dragon tattoo
new! D a h l i aSLEEVE & GAUNTLET
l a c edarling DARK
D a r l i n g Ta nSLEEVE & GAUNTLET
a b S t r a c t
new! fa c e T sSLEEVE & GAUNTLET
butterfly meadow camouflage
camouflage PINK denim diva
firefly BLUE firefly GRAY & YELLOW
firefly PURPLE firefly SEAFOAM GREEN
luna neon glow
new! fa c e T sSLEEVE & GAUNTLET
i n t O t h e w i l dfeatherie
special ThanK youWe couldnt have done this catalog without our amazing models, these lovely ladies
are breast cancer sur v ivors and real - l i fe divas. Many thanks to Linda, Laur ie M.,
Paula, Laur ie R., Jeanette, Bonnie, Olade, and Rachel. Special shout -out to Jess-Et -
Mia Bout ique, Spr ingside Park Greenhouse and 1Berkshire for lett ing us shoot in
their beaut i ful spaces!
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new! p e a c o c KSLEEVE & GAUNTLET
new! irisesSLEEVE & GAUNTLET
i n d e xDesign name page ANNA GRAY 15
BALI NIGHT 22
BALI SAND 22
BALI SUNSET 23
BEI CHIC 12
BLACK PAISLEY 19
BLOOMIN BETTY DARK 23
BLOOMIN BETTY LIGHT 22
BLUE BANDIT 19
BODHI BEIGE 26
BUTTERFLY MEADOW 30
C4YW BEIGE 16
C4YW PINK 16
CAMOUFLAGE PINK 30
CRYSTAL RIBBON 13
CRYSTAL SWIRL 13
CURRENTS new! 14
DAHLIA new! 27
DAMASK BEI CHIC 15
DAMASK FUCHSIA 15
DAMASK MOCHA 15
DARLING DARK 28
DARLING FAIR 28
DARLING TAN 29
DENIM DIVA 30
DIVA DOTS 15
FACETS new! COVER, 31
FIREFLY BLUE 30
FIREFLY GRAY & YELLOW 30
FIREFLY PURPLE 30
FIREFLY SEAFOAM GREEN 30
GRAND KREWE 16
GREAT WAVE new! 21
IRISES new! 34
Design name page LEO LEOPARD 32
LIZ LANGE 17
LOTUS DRAGON TATTOO 26
LOVELY LACE 28
MIDNIGHT LACE 28
NEON GLOW 30
PEACOCK 8, 33
PURPLE PAISLEY 19
ROMANTIC ROSE 25
SOUTH PACIFIC 26
STARRY NIGHT new! 20
STELLA CHARCOAL 15
STELLA NAVY 15
SWEET PEA 24
TATTOO BLOSSOM 25
VIVA VIDA 26
WARRIOR BLUE 15
WARRIOR PURPLE 15
WARRIOR SEAFOAM GREEN 15
WHITE VERCACHE 19