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 efficient 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 late 2007, Robin left the company. Soon after, Rachel discovered her breast cancer had returned. While she was in treatment, 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 are very much ingrained in the spirit of LympheDIVAs.
Today, LympheDIVAs’ products can be found in retail locations nationwide and internationally. 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.
LympheDIVAs is dedicated to creating medically correct and fashionable compression apparel for the savvy and stylish breast cancer survivor with lymphedema which will inspire her to feel beautiful, strong, and confident. The medical requirements are obvious, but the emotional aspect of healing is important and often ignored. A positive mindset can often lead to a much better physical response.
In Loving Memory of Rachel Levin Troxell 1970-2008
Rachel Troxell founded and served as the first President of LympheDIVAs. On January 22, 2008, although her body succumbed to the onslaught of breast cancer her spirit was never defeated. She continued to be a vital presence at LympheDIVAs until the last, where a caller could still hear a cheery “Hello, LympheDIVAs, this is Rachel.” It was her fervent wish that LympheDIVAs and its mission to provide products for the benefit of breast cancer survivors with lymphedema everywhere would continue. To this end her father, Dr. Howard A. Levin, her mother Judy Levin and brother Josh Levin continue to work to assure that LympheDIVAs survives and thrives. Rachel was honored by Living Beyond Breast Cancer in 2008 with their “Founders Award.” A video they prepared for the event is below.
If you wish to learn more about Rachel you may click on the link to view her blog here.