L-W-O Community

For families whose children live with Paediatric and Primary Lymphoedema

Welcome to L-W-O Community Children's website

This website is for those families whose children have been diagnosed with Paediatric and Primary Lymphoedema.  When I first started my journey living with lymphoedema I could not have begun to imagine what it was like for a family whose child had paediatric or primary lymphoedema.  When I was first diagnosed with lymphoedema I did not even know it was ‘secondary’ lymphoedema and I certainly did not know there was a ‘Primary’ lymphoedema.  I only found out about primary lymphoedema when I set up the adult support group in 2014 and a lady joined the group whose family had lived with this condition for generations past and present.  Even when I set up the children’s support group at the request of parents, I had little understanding of what this must mean to their families. Then in late 2016 my great granddaughter was born with a lymphatic malformation (LM) identified as cystic hygroma (CH). That was when I really begun to understand the enormity of what families might face.

Our Aim

We know when a child is diagnosed with a lymphatic malformation that the parent/parents feel helpless and isolated. They often blame themselves and spend time worrying could they have done anything different through their pregnancy especially when there has been no family history. Then there are the families whose lymphoedema is hereditary. Our aim with our children's support group is to provide information, support and encourage families to become their own advocates.  This website will complement our children’s group and we will be able to provide more information and tell the stories of both the parents and the children. As our understanding of Paediatric and Primary Lymphoedema (PPL) develops we hope to give parents and guardians the tools to be able to manage and self-care for their children living with this condition.

Our Message

 Lymphoedema can be managed and treated.

Unique Visits


How can we help?

This family website will have some good tips and advice for coping with your child’s lymphoedema.  If you would like me to write about a topic I have not thought of please?  Send me an email.

Please Donate

As followers will know when I first started L-W-O all the associated costs for the first two years came out of my pocket.  Eventually this became unsustainable and therefore I started to ask for donations.  I am proud of the fact that we can operate advert free especially on our two websites. Without our members, followers and supporters donating to our community we would not be able to continue indefinitely and therefore I need your help.

This year 2020 has been the most challenging financial year that I can remember, and we need your support more than ever.  Our overheads are kept to an absolute minimum.  L-W-O relies heavily on the goodwill of volunteers and neither myself as Founder or our volunteers receive a salary.  However, L-W-O Community has operating costs especially those associated with the website.  My hours are incalculable.  Please consider giving us a donation on our Go Fund Me page.

Blog Posts

One families journey of living with a rare disease

An interview with Sebastian’s mother by Pernille Henriksen (@the_lympha)

Published by Gaynor Leech: Founder of L-W-O Community


The first few steps in the journey of a rare disease


It was March 2018 when my youngest son Sebastian was born. He has congenital lymphoedema. Nobody in the hos…

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Successful First Month

When you start a new project there is always that question “Have I done enough?”, even though you know you have put hours into the research and presentation there are always anxious moments.  With our new family’s website launched on 31st July 2020 there was no waiting with bated breath the h…

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Welcome to L-W-O Community 4 Families

Author: Gaynor Leech Founder of L-W-O Community


Introducing our new Family Website for those families whose children live with Paediatric and Primary lymphoedema. If you have not been on our website before, welcome!  In 2015/16 I was repeatedly asked by members of our adult support group would …

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This page first published July 2020

This is an ongoing Project