Up­date from Dr. Porter

Wellness Update - - NEWS - Steve Porter, MD Pub­lisher and Chair­man

CELEBRI­TIES OF­TEN LEND THEIR NAME AND FAME FOR GREAT CAUSES. They pick a cause, a com­mu­nity is­sue or a dis­ease and “en­dorse the cause”. As part of that en­dorse­ment, they of­ten do­nate their time for pub­lic ser­vice an­nounce­ments and even pose for a few pho­tog­ra­phy ses­sions Make no mis­take, th­ese en­dorse­ments go a long way to “help the cause”. But few take the en­dorse­ment to the next level. Few roll up their sleeves up and join the fight. And even fewer ac­tu­ally take the reins and lead the fight. But then, Kathy Bates is mad as hell. We had the op­por­tu­nity to in­ter­view Kathy Bates for the lead story and cover of this is­sue. We ex­pected an agent or pub­lic re­la­tions firm to send us pre­pared re­marks, care­fully drafted and “ap­proved for pub­lic dis­tri­bu­tion”. Af­ter all, that has been our ex­pe­ri­ence in the past. To our pleas­ant sur­prise, we re­ceived a per­sonal phone call from Kathy Bates. She wanted to tell the story her way and in her words. This month’s main fea­ture is the re­sult of that in­ter­view – full of fight, emo­tion, drive and the hon­esty that is Kathy Bates. We hope we have cap­tured her spirit in the story, but to be fair to Ms. Bates, even though we were im­pressed with her as a per­son, we re­al­ize her chal­lenge and her goal is to tell the Lym­phedema story, not only through her eyes and words, but through the eyes of some of those liv­ing with Lym­phedema. We urge you to read the story and then un­der­stand the dis­ease. Hope­fully you will do your part to help those mil­lion Amer­i­cans suf­fer­ing with the dis­ease. Till next month.

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