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Medically correct fashion for lymphedema.

Transcript of Spring/Summer 2013 Catalog

  • 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

    compression sleeve.

    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.

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • new! p e a c o c KSLEEVE & GAUNTLET

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  • 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.

    360 sTreTch

    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.

    graDuaTeD compression

    All garments are available in Class 1 (20-30mmHg) and Class 2

    (30-40mmHg) compression.

    moisTurewicKing

    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

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  • 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

    measurement.

    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.

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    aPALM B

    WRIST

    MID LOWERc

    DMID UPPER

    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

    medium heat.3

    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.

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  • S O l i d c O l O r Sbei chic

    fuchsia

    mocha

    onyx

    white

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  • c r y S ta l S

    swir l & r ibbonAVAILABLE ON ANY SOLID COLOR

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  • new! c u r r e n T sSLEEVE & GAUNTLET

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  • g e O m e t r i canna GRAY damask

    damask BEI CHIC damask FUCHSIA

    damask MOCHA

    stella CHARCOAL

    stella NAVY warrior BLUE

    warrior PURPLE warrior SEAFOAM GREEN

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    diva dots

    sapphire

  • g i v i n g b a c k

    c4yw beige

    c4yw pink

    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.

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    inked

    grand krewe versailles

  • g i v i n g b a c k g i v i n g b a c kliz lange

    cosmos

    interstellar

    starburst

    supernova

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  • m a r a K e s hSLEEVE & GAUNTLET

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  • pa i S l e y

    blue bandit

    namaste

    purple paisley

    white vercache also avai lable in Vercache

    black paisley

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  • new! s Ta r ry n i g h TSLEEVE & GAUNTLET

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  • new! g r e aT wav eSLEEVE & GAUNTLET

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  • f l O r a lbali NIGHT bali SAND

    bali SUNSET bloomin betty LIGHT

    moonlight

    chloe nirvana

    nouveau primrose

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  • B l o o m i n B e T T y D a r KSLEEVE & GAUNTLET

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  • s w e e T p e aSLEEVE & GAUNTLET

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  • f l O r a lromantic rose

    scarlet

    tattoo blossom

    tranquility

    zahara

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  • tat t O Obodhi beige also avai lable in Mocha

    viva vida

    lotus dragon tattoo

    south pacific

    wrapture

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  • new! D a h l i aSLEEVE & GAUNTLET

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  • l a c edarling DARK

    darling FAIR

    lovely lace

    midnight lace

    shadow

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  • D a r l i n g Ta nSLEEVE & GAUNTLET

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  • 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

    spice sunburst

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  • new! fa c e T sSLEEVE & GAUNTLET

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  • i n t O t h e w i l dfeatherie

    leo leopard

    serpentine

    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

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  • new! irisesSLEEVE & GAUNTLET

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  • 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 30

    CAMOUFLAGE PINK 30

    CHLOE 22

    COSMOS 17

    CRYSTAL RIBBON 13

    CRYSTAL SWIRL 13

    CURRENTS new! 14

    DAHLIA new! 27

    DAMASK 15

    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

    FEATHERIE 32

    FIREFLY BLUE 30

    FIREFLY GRAY & YELLOW 30

    FIREFLY PURPLE 30

    FIREFLY SEAFOAM GREEN 30

    FUCHSIA 12

    GRAND KREWE 16

    GREAT WAVE new! 21

    INKED 16

    INTERSTELLAR 17

    IRISES new! 34

    Design name page LEO LEOPARD 32

    LIZ LANGE 17

    LOTUS DRAGON TATTOO 26

    LOVELY LACE 28

    LUNA 30

    MARAKESH 18

    MIDNIGHT LACE 28

    MOCHA 12

    MOONLIGHT 22

    NAMASTE 19

    NEON GLOW 30

    NIRVANA 22

    NOUVEAU 22

    ONYx 12

    PEACOCK 8, 33

    PRIMROSE 22

    PURPLE PAISLEY 19

    ROMANTIC ROSE 25

    SAPPHIRE 15

    SCARLET 25

    SERPENTINE 32

    SHADOW 28

    SOUTH PACIFIC 26

    SPICE 30

    STARBURST 17

    STARRY NIGHT new! 20

    STELLA CHARCOAL 15

    STELLA NAVY 15

    SUNBURST 30

    SUPERNOVA 17

    SWEET PEA 24

    TATTOO BLOSSOM 25

    TRANqUILITY 25

    VERSAILLES 16

    VIVA VIDA 26

    WARRIOR BLUE 15

    WARRIOR PURPLE 15

    WARRIOR SEAFOAM GREEN 15

    WHITE 12

    WRAPTURE 26

    WHITE VERCACHE 19

    ZAHARA 25

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