Lipoedema Surgery


Our Daughter Megan is now 21 but was only 15 when we first became aware that her leg shape was very different from mine and my younger Daughter’s legs. Megan began to hate her legs and would always cover them up with the clothes she was wearing. She was sure that exercising and dieting would sort out her issue, so after losing three stone and seeing no change in her legs she became very disheartened.  Our GP said exercise would sort it, but it didn’t. She was at the gym 3-4 times a week while losing the weight! Megan found that as the lipoedema fat grew, her legs would physically ache and hurt, bruise and the lower part of her calves discoloured purple, due to minimal blood flow. Even massaging them hurt.  At this stage, we did not know what was causing it. A ‘ trying on’ session in a clothes shop upset Megan so much that she started investigating further why her legs were like they were.  Until then, she had just accepted it. Very soon she realised it wasn’t her fault and more and more research was required. 






Lipoedema is a chronic condition whereby fat cells abnormally build up in the hips, buttocks, legs and occasionally arms of women (and, far more rarely, men), resulting in often painful pockets of fat that do not go away with exercise or dietary changes. The condition varies in appearance from woman to woman, but every woman with lipoedema suffers from a frustrating lack of awareness among the public and medical community alike.

Lipoedema has had little research, is rarely taught and is poorly understood; as a result, often misdiagnosed as obesity or lymphoedema (swelling that occurs due to the lymphatic system not working correctly), and only limited treatment options are available.

Lipoedema treatments are not very accessible at all. Women usually have to know what it is they want and either find it themselves or put it forward as a suggestion to their GP (and you read earlier what our GP said!)

An option is liposuction which reduces the size of lipoedema areas and lessens the associated pain, but this has many problems. A particular type of liposuction is available on the NHS if the patient has lymphoedema – Megan doesn’t, several women have been successful there, but usually only because they were quite extreme cases.

It’s virtually impossible, however, to get funding for tumescent liposuction on the NHS, and to my knowledge, no one diagnosed with just lipoedema has gone down that route. Meaning a growing number of women are forced to fund it themselves, and many choose to go abroad where there are more choice and more experienced surgeons.
The advice given to Megan is that if her lipoedema is untreated, she will be in a wheelchair by the time she is 35.

As a family we have decided that our only option for Megan to have the quality of life she deserves is to take her abroad to have surgery. She could have the surgery here in the Uk, but it is over DOUBLE the cost. 

During the Summer I went with Megan to see a surgeon in Berlin – Dr Czarnecka. She confirmed that Megan’s lipoedema was quite advanced for her age and that it would only get worse. She advised four operations over the course of a year to eliminate the lipoedema fat from her legs, bum, lower stomach and arms. The medical procedures (Operations) although painful are essential. Schedules for her first three operations are November 2019, February 2020 and June 2020 with the fourth operation will be in Sept 2020.

The cost of the operations is £24,000. Jay and I are funding the flights, hotels, subsistence and aftercare (Manual Lymphatic Drainage), as well as anything we dont raise.

If you could support Megan by making a donation and / or sharing it with friends and family, we would all hugely appreciate it.

I know that money can be tight, so please know that even £5 helps us get closer to our goal.

Let me know if you have any questions and we will be happy to answer them.

Well we are now two down with two to go.  The journey so far has been documented on instagram by Emma.

Thank you all for your support from Megan, Emma, Jay and Bethan xxxxx

Megan's leg prior to the first Op

Megan’s leg prior to the first Op


What could happen if left untreated

What could happen if left untreated



Raspberry Pi 4

I am now the proud owner of a single Raspberry Pi 4, with another 3 on the way. Obtained from ThePiHut. From initial viewing it is a fabtastic piece of kit, sporting the following specifications:

Key features include:

  • Quad core CPU @ 1.5GHz
  • Dual display supporting up to 4K resolution
  • WiFi
  • USB 3.0
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • Available in three RAM sizes; 1GB, 2GB or 4GB!


  • Broadcom BCM2711, Quad core Cortex-A72 (ARM v8) 64-bit SoC @ 1.5GHz
  • 1GB, 2GB or 4GB LPDDR4-2400 SDRAM (depending on model)
  • 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz IEEE 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 5.0, BLE
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • 2 USB 3.0 ports; 2 USB 2.0 ports.
  • Raspberry Pi standard 40 pin GPIO header (fully backwards compatible with previous boards)
  • 2 × micro-HDMI ports (up to 4kp60 supported)
  • 2-lane MIPI DSI display port
  • 2-lane MIPI CSI camera port
  • 4-pole stereo audio and composite video port
  • H.265 (4kp60 decode), H264 (1080p60 decode, 1080p30 encode)
  • OpenGL ES 3.0 graphics
  • Micro-SD card slot for loading operating system and data storage
  • 5V DC via USB-C connector (minimum 3A*)
  • 5V DC via GPIO header (minimum 3A*)
  • Power over Ethernet (PoE) enabled (requires separate PoE HAT)
  • Operating temperature: 0 – 50 degrees C ambient

* A good quality 2.5A power supply can be used if downstream USB peripherals consume less than 500mA in total.

My plan is to build a 4 Node Docker Cluster.

Muscle Food

Muscle Food – Free Offer

On the theme, of sharing the companies I use, just like I did with PACT Coffee

You now have the option to get one of the following, free of charge:

– Four Chicken Breasts
– Two Free Award Winning Horse Fillet Steaks
– Two Free 6oz British Beef Hache Steaks
– Free loaf of Protein Bread
– Free Chicken & Pepper Protein Pizza
– Free 250g Whey Protein Concentrate 85

No commitment, no subscription, just good quality food, delivered to your door.

Full disclosure, yes I will get 500 loyalty points, that I can use on my next order.


HP Microserver £100 cashback

The HP Microserver is now on offer, they previously had £100 cash back, but when the N54L came out the cash back was withdrawn.  Well its back, which is good news.

I purchase mine from www.serversplus.co.uk, they are an excellent company, who are very responsive and keep you informed.  Never had a problem with them.  BTW I have no affiliation to them, and I am not getting paid for this post.

I have used them three times and I wholeheartedly recommend them.

I have just ordered a microserver from serversplus (http://www.serversplus.com/servers/tower_servers/hp_tower_servers/704941-421) , to add to my virtualisation test bed, which consists of two microservers, and a Synology DS212J (a device that is both cost effect and feature rich), this will be a third server, so I can test the new Windows 2012 R2 when it is released at the end of the month.

Maybe I should create a post of my experiences.