I live in Dallas. This means that during the spring you have to brace yourself for the summer heat and ease your way into what 90-degrees feels like when the sun goes down. In short, the less clothing the better.
Not feeling comfortable in my stocking enough to wear only my stocking (darn knee pad), I’m scheming up a style that involves embracing my diagnosis instead of shunning it… When you’ve got it, flaunt it… right?
What’s the style you ask? A one-legged patterned legging.
I’m working on a prototype, but when I tried it on in the fitting room while looking for tunics, I instantly knew that I would feel more comfortable. Wearing a one-legged patterned legging with my stocking vs. my stocking only may look weird to some, but it’s much easier to stomach than people wondering what’s up with my leg. I came to this theory when a gaggle of teeny-bops walked into the fitting room and noticed my “odd” style. Instead of awkward, I felt empowered. Playing out the potential conversation (hello, anxiety) with myself, I feel that it would be easier to respond to a question about my sense of style than a “hey what did you do to your leg?”
This summer, I’m making a choice to look different. When asked why I am only wearing a legging on one leg, I’m hoping to bring awareness to primary lymphedema in a way that doesn’t make me want to say, “I didn’t do anything to my leg… what are you looking at?!”