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A Deeper Dive Part Two: You, Me, We in the Lipedema Community: The Power of Belonging
Presenters: Catherine Seo, PhD, Gail Straker, BA Ed, and a few community members
● The power of community
● Navigating a challenging & chronic disorder with mutual support
● Together we can do so much
● How social connection & building relationships can make the difference
● Sympathetic, parasympathetic ANS, polyvagal

Our understanding of lipedema has revolutionized over the last decade through research and clinical experience, but most especially by the awakening of women themselves to the realities of lipedema and related lymphatic/fat disorders.

The emotional impact of living with a chronic and visibly disfiguring disorder can seem unsurmountable. During this symposium, we introduce simple tools for understanding the complexities we live with including media’s impact on women’s body image & identity, emotional mapping, self-regulation, empathy, the integration of body/mind/spirit, and the power of social connection in community.

We invite you to explore self-compassion, self-acceptance, self-loving, and connection in the presence of the challenges that these diseases bring.

September 1 presentation is Part One of a Deeper Dive into the generally unspoken pain that most of us with lymphatic diseases experience on a daily basis. On October 6th we will present Part Two of a Deeper Dive into the power of social connection in creating a healing environment that can offer tools for living powerfully every day.

You can embrace living your best life with lipedema and lymphedema.

Oct 6, 2022 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Catherine Seo, PhD
Founder & CEO @Lipedema Simplified & The Lipedema Project, Inc.
Catherine Seo, PhD is the Founder & CEO of Lipedema Simplified & The Lipedema Project, Inc., course director for MasterClass: Beyond Lipedema, and a professor of psychology. She produced and directed the documentary, The Disease They Call FAT, and was one of the co-authors of the book, Lipedema-The Disease They Call FAT: An Overview for Clinicians. Dr. Seo’s research focuses on empowering women who experience the distortions of body image and the role of nutrition in treating lipedema. She holds a doctorate in Psychology with a concentration in Media. She has lipedema, lymphedema, and has struggled with obesity. She has dedicated over 40 years to learning and teaching how to bring knowledge, compassion, and humor to living with a chronic condition.
Gail Straker, BA Ed
Community Manager @Lipedema Simplified
Gail Straker, BA Ed is the Community Manager for Lipedema Simplified. She has been living a ketogenic lifestyle since 2017. She was able to lose weight, reduce the pain & swelling, and regain mobility that she had been experiencing. With a background as a teacher, coach, and mentor, Gail’s success led her to become certified as a Nutrition Network Advisor through the Noakes Foundation’s Nutrition Network and support those with lipedema, lymphedema, and obesity in our community. Gail facilitates Coaching Special Interest Groups (CSIGs) for the lipedema community, and works to encourage and manage connections throughout the community both LIVE and online. Gail uses her expertise and knowledge to help navigate journeys empowering others to find their unique pathway.