By James Somper
A mum with a rare medical condition that made her legs swell up has shared an image of the THREE LITRES of fluid she had drained from her legs.
Hannah Geraghty, 40, noticed both her legs growing in size soon after the birth of her second son in 2006 but it wasn’t until 2018 that she was finally diagnosed with lipodema.
The businesswoman from Sydney, Australia, said she spent years in severe pain because of her 28 inch thighs.
But after undergoing liposuction, Hannah said she feels like she’s got her life back after nearly three litres of fat were drained from her legs.
She’s undergone the first of three rounds of surgery to remove fat from her legs and the next two operations will take place later this year.
Hannah said: “My journey has at times been really frustrating.
“I feel much more hopeful now. Having the surgery is less about looking better, although that is a great benefit.
“When my legs were at their largest I was always tired lugging around the lippy legs.
“My legs feel lighter now. I didn’t realise how heavy they were until now. I can now lift my legs higher and stand longer without them getting tired.”
Hannah’s legs began to swell up following the birth of her second baby in 2006 but the new mum dismissed it as some leftover pregnancy weight.
She said: “I just thought I’d put on weight during the pregnancy but the weight didn’t go down.
“I didn’t think about it at that point but it just got worse from then onwards.
“It seemed no matter what I did nothing would shift the weight.
“I wasn’t eating a ridiculous amount, I’d have cereal and coffee for breakfast and I’d have a reasonably healthy lunch, I was eating healthily – I shouldn’t have been that massive
Hannah said that her legs were 28 inches wide and that they would frequently cause her crippling pain and also cause her to cover up while out and about with her young children.
She said: “I was very self conscious of my legs in certain situations when they were at their largest. Yet, I never let them stop me trying things. My family and I still travelled extensively and I refused to hide away completely. On a good day I’d forget I had big legs until they were painful or got tired.
“I would think ‘do I really need to go to the beach?’
“I wouldn’t wear my bikini and would just sit on the beach in a dress because I didn’t want to embarrass my kids.
“I had to think what people would say about me, I didn’t want my kids to hear it.”
Hannah was eventually diagnosed with lipodema in February 2018. Lipoedema is a condition fat cells build-up abnormally in thighs, legs and arms.
She said: “My mum kept saying to me that there’s something wrong with my legs but I kept ignoring it.
“The only reason I made the decision for surgery was so that I could continue working and not risk being medically retired if my mobility were severely impacted.
“But I’m glad I did it. I don’t feel like I’m heavy any more.
“It feels weird to walk past a mirror to not see my calves trailing behind me
“I don’t feel as obvious anymore, people treat you differently.
“I feel more confident, and can’t wait till the other two operations are complete.”