LIVE BEYOND BREAST CANCER BEAUTIFULLY.

Learn how to move and be
moved, exercise, stay fit, and
live your life while meeting
the challenges of
post-operative treatment,
including lymphedema.

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INCEPTION

When Dr. Carolin Dohle, a young mother with a two
and a half year old son at the time, was diagnosed
with early stage breast cancer in September 2015,
she studied her options, met with two surgeons,
and devided to have a lumpectomy the following
month. While a mastectomy is always accompanied
by a radical removal of all lymph nodes in the axilla
on the affected side, a lumpectomy is a lot less
invasive, however some “sentinel lymph nodes” are
also removed.
After her surgery, she was given a booklet, and a
link to a video, with some excercises to do, and then
she was on her own. After healing, she began lifting
weights to regain her strength which ultimately led
to her learning she had lymphedema, which often
goes undiagnosed.

Dr. Dohle wanted to help other women, and when
she shared her story with friends, they decided to
establish DivaCare as a non-profit initiative providing
a free mobile app designed for young women,
mothers, and future mothers who find themselves
in similar situations.
DivaCare was born in 2016 with a focused goal to
develop, deliver, and enhance a free mobile app
women can use to improve their health, wellness,
and lives after lumpectomy and lymphedema
through safe, guided exercises. The DivaCare team
will continually add resources, recommendations
for products, and will curate social communities
on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter so women can
find each other and provide social support and
encouragement.

CAROLIN’S STORY

When Dr. Carolin Dohle, a young mother with a two
and a half year old son at the time, was diagnosed
with early stage breast cancer in September 2015,
she studied her options, met with two surgeons,
and devided to have a lumpectomy the following
month. While a mastectomy is always accompanied
by a radical removal of all lymph nodes in the axilla
on the affected side, a lumpectomy is a lot less
invasive, however some “sentinel lymph nodes” are
also removed.
After her surgery, she was given a booklet, and a
link to a video, with some excercises to do, and then
she was on her own. After healing, she began lifting
weights to regain her strength which ultimately led
to her learning she had lymphedema, which often
goes undiagnosed.

Dr. Carolin Dhole
OUR MISSION

Our Mission is to provide resources for women treated for breast cancer who develop Lymphedema following lumpectomies.

In addition to our mobile app, we will offer information about their disease, help them take back their lives through guided, progressive exercises, and connect with other young women for encouragement and support through a presence on social media.

MOBILE APP

Download our free mobile
app for iPhone and Android
and start planning a better
life with lymphedema through
exercise, yoga and meditation.

ABOUT LYMPHEDEMA

Lymphedema arises when either a loss of function of structural damage to the lymphatic circulation occurs,
and is a commin side effect of breast cancer treatment, although it can be associated with other cancers as
well. The three stages of this condition range from reversible and easily treatable to permanent skin damage.
While there is no cure, early diagnosis and treatment improves both the prognosis and the condition.

If your doctor has informed you that you have lymphedema, you probably have many questions and concerns
about your diagnosis, what treatments you are likely to receive, and how to manage this condition.

Lymph is a clear fluid collected from body tissues that transports fats and proteins from the small intestine;
removes bacteria, viruses, toxins and certain proteins from tissues; and supplies white blood cells, especially
lymphocytes, to the bloodstream to help fight infections and other diseases. Lymphedema is a clinical
condition that arises when either a loss of function or structural damage to the lymphatic circulation occurs.
The term “edema” means swelling. Hence, lymphedema literally means swelling due to the disruption of the
flow of lymph fluid.

Congenital lymphedema, which is one of the primary forms, is a result of genetic or other inherited conditions
that make an individual intrinsically prone to the condition. More common are secondary, acquired forms
of lymphedema that arise as a result of cancer; cancer treatments such as radiation and chemotherapy;
trauma; and infection. Secondary lymphedema can develop at any time after the causal surgery, infection,
or trauma. (Source: National Comprehensive Cancer Network) Learn more (https://www.nccn.org/patients/
resources/life_with_cancer/managing_symptoms/lymphedema.aspx)

RESOURCES

For your convenience, we have assembled links to helpful websites. Please contact us if you have suggestions for additional resources women in the DivaCare network might benefit from.

http://www.lymphnet.org/le-faqs/what-is-lymphedema
http://www.lymphnet.org/pdfDocs/nlnexercise.pdf
https://www.nccn.org/patients/resources/life_with_cancer/managing_symptoms/lymphedema.aspx
http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/lymphedema/basics/definition/con-20025603
http://www.breastcancer.org/treatment/lymphedema
http://www.breastcancer.org/treatment/lymphedema/exercise
http:/awomanshealth.com/lymphedema-and-exercise/

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THE TEAM

DIVACARE TEAM

Carolin Dohle, Founder
Cynthia Artin, Volunteer Executive Director
Frank Fleming, Interlecta Mobile App Development and Management
Neven Boyanov, Interlecta Mobile App Development and Management
Kari Thorstensten, Digital Strategy
Shelby Kyllo, Graphic Design
Clay Campbell, Web Developer
Jo Lilore, Social Media Director

ADVISORY BOARD

Lauren Cooper, Star Mountain Capital & Star Mountain Foundation
Angela Baldwin, Baldwin Studios
Ying Cai, Ying Cai New York
Lauren Towle, Towle Design
Others as we rope them in!