Patron and Board Members
Alex is a leading international expert on the cancer-related condition Lymphoedema, and more recently Lipoedema. He is a consultant plastic surgeon at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee where he carries out Liposuction on the NHS on both conditions.
Isobel has worked within the Hotel, Catering and Food Industry for 33 years and currently runs her own Food and Food Safety consultancy firm. She was diagnosed with Lipoedema at the age of 51, having inherited it from her mother and paternal grandmother. She lives in the countryside outside Edinburgh in Scotland and is passionate about raising awareness of Lipoedema.
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Den was diagnosed with lipoedema in 2013, at the age of 62, after a lifetime of trying to find out what was wrong with her legs. Much of her working life has been in the field of learning disability, involved in both education and day care, as well as in the provision of advocacy services. Prior to her recent retirement, she worked as a health complaints advocate and is passionate about all patients having choice and involvement in their health care.
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Joanne was diagnosed with lipoedema just over eight years ago, after being told to go on a diet on numerous occassions and being told she had both gout and a blockage in her hips. Joanne struggled on for two years until the pain became so unbearable she visited to the local lymphodema clinic, "I recall being told that there was no help available by way of support groups, which was upsetting". Meeting the rest of women behind Talk Lipoedema "literally changed my life overnight". She is passionate about helping out her fellow lipoedema sufferers and hopes one day to make it her full time job.
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Half of mother and daughter team Pamela has been a member from the early days of the group’s foundation. Lipoedema runs through three generations of their family and they work tirelessly to raise awareness of Lipoedema.
Half of the mother and daughter team. Michaela has been involved right from the start of Talk Lipoedema. Lipoedema runs through three generations of their family and they work tirelessly to raise awareness of Lipoedema.
Cheryl, a lipoedema sufferer, brings a wealth of finance, IT and project managing skills. She is Associate Director at Protiviti Inc, a global consulting firm that helps companies solve problems in finance, technology, operations, governance, risk and internal audit.
Anne is a lymphoedema nurse and Vodder MLD therapist. She is an active researcher, teacher and writer, and has a variety of interest areas including self-care, compression therapy and MLD. Anne was awarded a PhD in 2011, and is very proud to be working with Talk Lipoedema.
Angela is a mother of one and has a background working in the legal field. She was diagnosed with Lipoedema by a vascular surgeon in 2007, before having liposuction on her lower legs the following year. Angela is a very keen advocate and does as much as she can to raise awareness of Lipoedema with medical professionals and members of the public.