Matt Hazledine

Founder, Managing Director and Author

My Story, My Purpose, My Objectives:

In 2011, at the age of 40, I experienced a severe episode of cellulitis in my left leg, which subsequently caused lymphoedema, a chronic life-long disease, currently with no cure.

During the first lockdown period of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, I started thinking about what I wanted to do with the rest of my working life. What was my passion? What was my purpose? What motivated me? Coincidentally, perhaps, my business partner at the time approached me with a proposal to buy my share of our company and the offices which we both jointly owned. The timing was perfect for me and after a little negotiating, we agreed terms and I signed the contracts on 14th January 2021, the day before my 50th birthday. Coincidence or meant to be? I think the latter.

Prior to this, during 2019 and early 2020 pre-Covid-19, I was working one day per week as a consultant with Haddenham Healthcare on their new online patient shop. The experience of working on this project, in addition to my time as a Trustee of the Lymphoedema Support Network, gave me the impetus and motivation to do something unique in this sector. I knew I was passionate about lymphoedema, but was it my purpose?

When I was first diagnosed with lymphoedema, the first few months were extremely daunting and isolating. I often compare it to wading through treacle in thick fog. I didn’t know who or where to go to for help. I didn’t know which products were most effective, so I bought anything and everything. I didn’t want to talk about it and when I finally did, I didn’t know who best to contact. I also didn’t know, and neither did my GP, which experts I needed to be referred to.

The Website:

This gave me the idea for what I needed then but didn’t have. Hopefully this idea will help anyone who has lymphoedema or will be diagnosed with lymphoedema in the future. The idea was a single website featuring important information and introducing you to: the medical experts, the support groups, the product providers, the professional organisations and other people living with lymphoedema, all in one place. I wanted this website to be free of charge for people to join as a member and receive exclusive membership benefits. I also wanted to donate 25% of pre-tax profits to lymphoedema charities.

The Company and Brand Name:

I had the concept, now I needed a suitable brand name. Lymphoedema United captured everything I wanted my website and company to be. My aim is to unite people suffering from the disease, with all the key contacts from the lymphoedema community. The website project was now in motion.

The Book – How to Live Better with Lymphoedema:

In January 2021, to commemorate 10 years of living with this life-changing condition, I started to write a book to share my personal experiences and provide useful tips. In addition, I was able to include helpful information and guidance from 23 medical professionals and experts, with the overall objective to help others to live better with lymphoedema.

By complete coincidence, I typed the last paragraph of my book on precisely my 10-year lymphaversary, 19th June 2021.

The book was written to accompany the website project. One of the benefits of a website, is it is easier to keep it up to date with current news and developments. I am thrilled that many of the wonderful people who have written in my book are also participating with my website project.

The Social Media Presence:

Supporting the website will be a presence on various social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube. This will be under the abbreviated and more international-friendly brand name of LymphUnited. This allows me to instantly communicate breaking news and important messages to the lymphoedema community following me.

The Newsletter:

LymphUnited will also be the name of the quarterly eNewsletter exclusive to people who have signed up as a Free Member of LymphoedemaUnited.com.

The Online Support Group:

The final part of this project will be to launch a Lymphoedema Support Group on Facebook, to help people with the condition to find others who will understand, encouraging us to talk more, listen to others who need reassurance and share tips on how we can live better with lymphoedema.

My Personal Pleasures:

I am a family man, who enjoys reading, playing golf, supporting Southend United and socialising with my close friends with some good food and fine wine.

I thorough enjoy organising charity events and raising money for worthwhile causes, including: Lymphoedema Support Network, Cancer Research, Paddock Wood Food Bank. The Charity Golf Day 2021 will support Kent & Sussex Air Ambulance.

In addition, I continue to raise awareness of lymphoedema in a variety of ways: Health Section of the Daily Mail, LSN Articles in Lymphline, Levi’s Blogs, Hospital Radio, Prof Mortimer’s & Gemma Levine’s book ‘Let’s Talk Lymphoedema’ to name a few, with more to follow.

A Few Articles:

Raising Money for Charities:

Raising Awareness of Lymphoedema

Get in Touch

If you would like to get in touch, please send me a message via the Contact Us page of the website and follow me on Facebook and Twitter using @LymphUnited.

Matt Hazledine

My Story, My Purpose, My Objectives:

In 2011, at the age of 40, I experienced a severe episode of cellulitis in my left leg, which subsequently caused lymphoedema, a chronic life-long disease, currently with no cure.

During the first lockdown period of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, I started thinking about what I wanted to do with the rest of my working life. What was my passion? What was my purpose? What motivated me? Coincidentally, perhaps, my business partner at the time approached me with a proposal to buy my share of our company and the offices which we both jointly owned. The timing was perfect for me and after a little negotiating, we agreed terms and I signed the contracts on 14th January 2021, the day before my 50th birthday. Coincidence or meant to be? I think the latter.

Prior to this, during 2019 and early 2020 pre-Covid-19, I was working one day per week as a consultant with Haddenham Healthcare on their new online patient shop. The experience of working on this project, in addition to my time as a Trustee of the Lymphoedema Support Network, gave me the impetus and motivation to do something unique in this sector. I knew I was passionate about lymphoedema, but was it my purpose?

When I was first diagnosed with lymphoedema, the first few months were extremely daunting and isolating. I often compare it to wading through treacle in thick fog. I didn’t know who or where to go to for help. I didn’t know which products were most effective, so I bought anything and everything. I didn’t want to talk about it and when I finally did, I didn’t know who best to contact. I also didn’t know, and neither did my GP, which experts I needed to be referred to.

The Website:

This gave me the idea for what I needed then but didn’t have. Hopefully this idea will help anyone who has lymphoedema or will be diagnosed with lymphoedema in the future. The idea was a single website featuring important information and introducing you to: the medical experts, the support groups, the product providers, the professional organisations and other people living with lymphoedema, all in one place. I wanted this website to be free of charge for people to join as a member and receive exclusive membership benefits. I also wanted to donate 25% of pre-tax profits to lymphoedema charities.

The Company and Brand Name:

I had the concept, now I needed a suitable brand name. Lymphoedema United captured everything I wanted my website and company to be. My aim is to unite people suffering from the disease, with all the key contacts from the lymphoedema community. The website project was now in motion.

The Book – How to Live Better with Lymphoedema:

In January 2021, to commemorate 10 years of living with this life-changing condition, I started to write a book to share my personal experiences and provide useful tips. In addition, I was able to include helpful information and guidance from 23 medical professionals and experts, with the overall objective to help others to live better with lymphoedema.

By complete coincidence, I typed the last paragraph of my book on precisely my 10-year lymphaversary, 19th June 2021.

The book was written to accompany the website project. One of the benefits of a website, is it is easier to keep it up to date with current news and developments. I am thrilled that many of the wonderful people who have written in my book are also participating with my website project.

The Social Media Presence:

Supporting the website will be a presence on various social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube. This will be under the abbreviated and more international-friendly brand name of LymphUnited. This allows me to instantly communicate breaking news and important messages to the lymphoedema community following me.

The Newsletter:

LymphUnited will also be the name of the quarterly eNewsletter exclusive to people who have signed up as a Free Member of LymphoedemaUnited.com.

The Online Support Group:

The final part of this project will be to launch a Lymphoedema Support Group on Facebook, to help people with the condition to find others who will understand, encouraging us to talk more, listen to others who need reassurance and share tips on how we can live better with lymphoedema.

My Personal Pleasures:

I am a family man, who enjoys reading, playing golf, supporting Southend United and socialising with my close friends with some good food and fine wine.

I thorough enjoy organising charity events and raising money for worthwhile causes, including: Lymphoedema Support Network, Cancer Research, Paddock Wood Food Bank. The Charity Golf Day 2021 will support Kent & Sussex Air Ambulance.

In addition, I continue to raise awareness of lymphoedema in a variety of ways: Health Section of the Daily Mail, LSN Articles in Lymphline, Levi’s Blogs, Hospital Radio, Prof Mortimer’s & Gemma Levine’s book ‘Let’s Talk Lymphoedema’ to name a few, with more to follow.

A Few Articles:

Raising Money for Charities:

Raising Awareness of Lymphoedema

Get in Touch

If you would like to get in touch, please send me a message via the Contact Us page of the website and follow me on Facebook and Twitter using @LymphUnited.

How to LIVE BETTER with LYMPHOEDEMA

The new book by Matt Hazledine is available to buy NOW!

25% of pre-tax profits from book sales will be donated to the lymphoedema Research Fund.

Become a member

Sign up as a Free Member to receive Exclusive Benefits, including access to Articles and Videos from the Experts, a Unique Discount Code from the Suppliers, Members’ Offers and a Quarterly eNewsletter with the latest news from the lymphoedema community.

How to LIVE BETTER with LYMPHOEDEMA

The new book by Matt Hazledine is available to buy NOW!

25% of pre-tax profits from book sales will be donated to the lymphoedema Research Fund.

Become a member

Sign up as a Free Member to receive Exclusive Benefits, including access to Articles and Videos from the Experts, a Unique Discount Code from the Suppliers, Members’ Offers and a Quarterly eNewsletter with the latest news from the lymphoedema community.

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For the avoidance of any doubt, Matt Hazledine has lymphoedema and is not a medical professional.