Our Story - LympheDIVAs
The story of LympheDIVAs began in Philadelphia when two young breast cancer survivors, Rachel Troxell and Robin Miller, developed lymphedema, a side effect of breast cancer treatment that can cause permanent swelling in the arms. Their physicians and lymphedema therapists recommended a compression sleeve as the most effective way of controlling the swelling. When they researched the options for the sleeve they found that the only ones available were rough textured, heavy, hot, beige, and bandage-like. Frustrated and dismayed over the lack of options they had for compression sleeves, Robin and Rachel met with Kristin Dudley, a fashion designer, to discuss their idea of creating a more elegant and comfortable compression sleeve.
In early 2007, Robin left the company. Soon after, Rachel discovered her breast cancer had returned. While she was being treated, she continued building LympheDIVAs, which brought her much joy during a difficult time in her life. Rachel died January 22, 2008, at the age of 37. Her determination and compassion to improve the lives of breast cancer survivors is very much ingrained in the spirit of LympheDIVAs.
At Rachel’s request, her father Dr Howard Levin and her mother, Judy Levin took over the responsibility of running the company, which their daughter helped found. In August of 2010, Rachel’s little brother, Josh Levin, joined the company and is now running it with his parents. They all hope that LympheDIVAs’ compression apparel will continue to inspire breast cancer survivors everywhere to feel as beautiful, strong and confident as Rachel was.
And Now - LympheDonna
My name is Vicki Spanring. In August 2010, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Two weeks later, I had a mastectomy, three weeks after that I commenced a six month program of chemeotherapy followed by two months of radio therapy. Somewhere along the way, I was diagnosed with lymphedema. I was devastated, another thing to cope with. And then I found LympheDIVAs. I was so delighted to see such beautiful, fashionable, comfortable compression sleeves, I wanted all Australian women to have that same choice. So now I find myself the exclusive importer of these lovely fashion items, trading as lympheDonna Pty Ltd. And the story behind the introduction of these sleeves, has touched me deeply. I am proud indeed to be associated with LympheDIVAs .