Lipoedema in both legs, very severe. I work full time and have a 7 year old and a 1 year old. I'm constantly shattered, my legs ache and I've now got fallen arches under my feet - very painful. I hate this illness. I buy wide trousers but when I'm walking ppl can see my horrific ankles it's so embarrassing. I take my kids for swimming lessons and I dream about going in the pool with them but I'm too ashamed. My legs are killing any bit of self respect and dignity that I have left. If colleagues walk to meetings I have to drive, I'm becoming increasingly immobile and every step with my ankles on display is leaving me less and less confident. I love my kids but I hate my life. Some days I dream I'm normal then I wake up and the freakshow starts again.....no treatment available for me on nhs and can't afford private.