The month of March is Lymphedema Awareness Month, and to celebrate, the compression gear manufacturer Juzo is starting a movement. A woman working with the Juzo movement explained to me that the Keep Moving Movement is “designed to create an inspiring community filled with uplifting stories and journeys from Lymphedema patients as well as those with circulation, swelling, and other venous conditions.”

The Movement is a contest where entrants stand to win a grand prize of $5,000 “to use to improve his/her mind, body & soul.” The Second Place winner will receive a yoga retreat valued at $1,500, and Third Place will receive a Keep Moving Prize Pack valued at $500. Amazing prizes aside, the contest is an awesome opportunity to spread awareness and inspiration through sharing your own personal story with the lymphedema community.

So what do you think – are you interested? If so, here’s how to get involved:

The Grand Prize, Second, and Third Place Winners will be selected from the ten finalists by a panel of Juzo judges based on who shares the most inspiring story. The contest is open only to legal residents of the 50 United States, Washington D.C., and the 10 provinces and 3 territories of Canada. It will run from March 1, 2014 to 5:00pm ET Monday, March 31, 2014. The three winners will be announced on the Juzo Facebook Page on Monday, April 7, 2014.

I encourage you all to participate in the contest – like I said, it sounds like a great way to spread awareness and inspiration through sharing your unique experiences with lymphedema. Living with lymphedema is no easy feat, but we manage to do it every day like total lymphie rock stars. It can be an empowering thing to acknowledge how much of a rock star you are, and the contest is a neat way to be able to do that.

If you do take part, please post a link to your submission in the comments section of this post so that we may support one another. Good luck, and keep moving!