I’m a Lipedema Advocate, content creator, and the voice behind “A Mind At Peace” Youtube meditation channel. I began telling my story after discovering that I have Lipedema, a common and rarely diagnosed fat disorder. The experience inspired my mission to help others unravel narratives of shame and build self-care skills to support a practice of inner peace and self-acceptance. Explore my meditation content, follow My Lipedema Story, and discover style!
This is My Story.
I was 38 years old when I learned that I have Lipedema, a little-known fat disorder that affects 11% of folks assigned ‘female’ at birth. There isn’t a cure for Lipedema but I’m pursuing medically necessary Lipedema Liposuction. I’m facing an uphill battle against Medical Insurance providers and if I win, nearly full-body reconstruction.
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Hi, I'm Brena Jean.
I was 38 years old when I learned that I have Lipedema, a rarely-diagnosed fat disorder. The diagnosis came with an awareness that I wasn’t alone and that I’d been right about my body all along. There isn’t a cure for Lipedema but now that I know I have it, I can take better care of myself. I’m pursuing medically-necessary Lipedema Liposuction, a common way to reduce the pain associated with Lipedema. I’m facing an uphill battle against Medical Insurance providers and if I win, nearly full-body reconstruction. I’ll share everything I get on this journey with you.
I discovered Lipedema by accident. I found a video featuring Dr. Amron on a medical talk show helping a woman with large legs. Later in my journey, Dr. Amron diagnosed me with Lipedema. But not before I spent months researching and wondering… do I have it?
Inflammation, swelling, pain, bruising, and mobility are all on the table. I’ll buy it, try it, and tell you all about my experiences as we explore ways to care for ourselves until there is a cure.
I’m ready to unravel the narratives that contribute to my own self-hatred. We all suffer under the values of social hierarchy, identity biases, and marginalization. I’m exploring how to divest from harmful norms and invest in self-acceptance and harm reduction.