Lymphedema Warrior Embraces Her Pear Shape | SHAKE MY BEAUTY
Lymphedema Warrior Embraces Her Pear Shape | SHAKE MY BEAUTY

CARA CRUZ: What I would tell my younger self is, it’s going to be okay. No matter what hang-ups or issues are in your head or the voices from other people knocking you down, it’s more their issue than your actual own issue. CARA CRUZ: I have lipoedema in my thighs, hips and my upper arms; the whole like bingo wing thing is the drastic change here versus this is a sign of lipoedema. CARA CRUZ: The fat cells hold in the lymph fluid and they can’t be lost through diet or exercise, they are kind of like damaged. CARA CRUZ: Lymphedema, I have it in my lower legs. It’s where the lymph system is damaged. So the lymph fluid flows down properly, but it isn’t able to flow back up, it’s like blocked. CARA CRUZ: I had some weight issues as a child, I was always like the chubbier child throughout my classes. CARA CRUZ: I don’t think it was really noticeable, noticeable until I was in middle school when everybody else started to slim out. I got the curves but it was definitely like, disproportioned or definitely pear-shaped. CARA CRUZ: I realised I had lymphedema when I was junior-senior year of high school. I had fallen and I thought I had actually broke my leg or my ankle because I heard such a loud crack. But where I hit my leg on the step, I damaged tissue. I started to get a quarter-sized knot that would balloon up in the front of my leg. It would go down if I like massaged it away and then life happens and you forget about it and the next thing I know I had like the size of a football at the front of my left leg. I was affected a lot with it, I was teased for it. The whole fat nicknames when it was just all like, the skinny chicks going out, so I was left behind. Okay, so the compression stockings to put them on, we normally start with them inside out because it’s the easiest way to put them on. I have to wear compression stockings to help push the lymph fluid back up so that it filters through my system properly. And then just to make sure everything is in, I just push it down a little. I wear them to maintain my legs from swelling more. It helps keep the flow of the fluid back up. CARA CRUZ: To actually lose the weight and the damaged fat cells, the only real kind of way to go about that is through a special type of liposuction. Which of course the U.S. insurance doesn’t cover because it’s cosmetic in their eyes. CARA CRUZ: I started my Instagram in February. I started it on a dare with the boyfriend. We have been dating for about three years now, he is a great guy. He has fully embraced my condition from the negative comments I was getting about like, ‘Oh you are fat”; ‘You are a whale’; you are this, you are that, spurred into me mentioning the lymphedema and the lipoedema. CARA CRUZ: This pencil skirt from Torrid is one that I never would have tried on or worn before because it was way too hip hugging and curve hugging and I used to try to hide that and it is now one of my favourite items to wear because it hits the curves in all of the right spots. CARA CRUZ: When I started with some tattoos in my arms, I started the sleeve to kind of hide the upper arm lymphedema issues. I figured they are staring at me anyway, I’ll give them something to look at. I’m on the books for a tattoo once a month. Ursula was always my favourite growing up and originally it would just be her and Cruella, it’s just kind of like a half sleeve. He was like, I think you should go bigger and he was right. CARA CRUZ: I went with the thigh tattoos because again it was just, oh I like look of the arm, I like how it changes it. I have a fair amount of canvas on my leg, why not? CARA CRUZ: So I did it just to embrace it and show it off more. CARA CRUZ: Just because I have these conditions that make me more pear-shaped or bottom heavy doesn’t mean that I can’t put on a nice dress and still wear my compression stockings and go out and look great. I think a lymphedema warrior is someone that fully embraces it and shows the world out there that like, “Hey, this is part of me, this is a condition that I can’t control.” Social media has greatly helped with the body positive movement because there is a way to get it out there to connect with people from all over with your same anxieties and same issues and then you can help each other out. CARA CRUZ: The Yinz’s Bopo group, they are the most amazing group of women I have met, hands down. CARA CRUZ: I instantly felt welcomed. CARA CRUZ: When you can get together with a group of like-minded women that remind you to be like, yes I want you to wear compression garments, rock who you are. CARA CRUZ: It’s great to have that reminder that counteraction to the inner voice in your head that’s like, ‘You are not good enough.’ CARA CRUZ: This group of women instantly uplift you. It’s just amazing that how a mood change they are.

100 thoughts on “Lymphedema Warrior Embraces Her Pear Shape | SHAKE MY BEAUTY”

  1. Rajesh Goyal says:

    Good body mantan

  2. Tuong Lu Kim says:

    dating black has no future

  3. botero13 Rubenz says:

    cara i folow you on instagram and i so hapty and proud to see you walking talking mowing you are my biggest and pretiest and sensual model and diva….

  4. Andi Leigh says:

    That is the biggest spread of fattening donuts I have ever seen ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

  5. saraebrown02 says:

    this is a black manโ€™s dream

  6. bigbreadeaterellis says:

    This is a classic example of gross hypocrisy, self-delusion, shameless exploitation of men and an oxymoron in which a person, on the one hand, plays the 'victim card' for a number of years,
    (oh, I'm so fat and I can't face anyone or thing, the only exception being eating excessive amounts of food)

    and once social media takes over,
    all of a sudden the once, shy, retiring individual, suddenly becomes bold and supposedly 'confident' and she shows it, by showing off her out of shape body, which of course,
    is targeted towards sad guys who are often expected to pay to view this clearly self-centered woman.
    It is a wonder that she claimed to have a boyfriend when is clearly in love with herself and all the attention she gets thanks to Barcroft.
    I wouldn't want a woman like her who is willing to show herself off for a few bucks to give sad guys something to jerk off over
    and then spend the evening in bed with me.

  7. Rustin Chole says:

    Well… Eating donuts and other crapfod definitely helps. This is a mental disorder.

  8. Andressa Hoese says:

    Amazing they are getting together to pool party! Nothing wrong to also have fresh fruits and nuts to balance out those muffins ๐Ÿ˜œ

  9. Chantall Green says:

    Lmaoooo ๐Ÿ˜‚ why is it that all the videos like this the girls boyfriend is black or she has mixed kids ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  10. Jackie Johnson says:

    Insurance are letting Lymphedema have the surgery please c

  11. Chezamoonangel AiEmma says:

    I am overweight I weighed 268 a year ago, now with proper diet and being aware of food and calories counts with apps. I am 208, yes it is a journey but commitment and wanting to change for my health is important, I am happy and I love myself. I do still have big butt and hips but it is looking a lot better and fitting into clothes I use to wear in my teenage years is fun. I am 32 now going to be 33 in December so I want to be happy and confident. Please it is good to have body positive attitude but your health is important please always remember that.

  12. Henry Hubbard says:

    This Women is almost every Black Mans dream!!! I would marry her in a New York second. Thick hips, thighs, pear shaped and a red head definitely check all the boxes for me.

  13. Ojberretta Berretta says:


  14. Edgar Chanaga says:

    Uff q manjar rico bebemm todo rico

  15. Charles Butler says:

    I love her body

  16. Jose Gonzalez says:

    Hello Ladies
    You are all so beautiful

  17. David Higgins says:

    It's not lymphedema it's called being a fat pig who eats too much

  18. Elle Franks says:

    Why do you normalise the morbidly obese. Seriously Shameful. Her medical condition would be improved if she lost some weight. BTW she isn't pear-shaped, she is morbidly obese.


    I'm fat but honestly there's nothing nice being fat nothing we must just stop making excuses and blaming the universe and do sumtyng abt it already!๐Ÿ˜ฉ

  20. Alicia McFadden says:

    She has more confidence than me
    I can never go out showing all my
    Legs like that๐Ÿ˜‰

  21. Fred Flintstone says:

    You still look good with the weight on xxx

  22. DinosaurDad86 says:

    The dr would order a supply of atopeatingsogidamnmuch

  23. open eye13 says:

    I think you have a beautiful body

  24. bmw327ti says:

    so sexy……

  25. KING KONG says:

    this what happen when you surround your self with YES friends, that cant get negative on you, .. shes obese first before lymphedema … lymphedema is just an excuse ,

  26. Anisete L says:


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  28. tommymoah says:

    My favorite preference for the body shape of Women!

  29. Edson Ferreira says:

    Acho muito lindas mulheres gordinhas

  30. P Alfredo says:


  31. FinchyBlueEyes says:

    Orams Donuts are the best donuts. #BeaverFallsPA

  32. Amos Milshtein says:

    ืจืง ื ืฉื™ื ืฉืžื ื•ืช ืกืงืกื™ื•ืช

  33. lalagonegaga says:

    "Warrior" is a very ugly word that implies propensity to violence. There is nothing positive about it. It's borderline idiotic to apply to a perfectly regular person.

  34. Lunden Maxwell says:

    Hello were are u from

  35. Lunden Maxwell says:

    You're sexy

  36. Jeon Mira says:

    her body looks so squishy . she's cute๐Ÿ’œ

  37. Angel A. says:

    This condition is absolutely a thing that had nothing to do with your weight But being over weight exasperates the condition drastically. That's just reality. I hope she is able to feel better soon

  38. Edinson Suarez says:

    I love

  39. Red Moon says:

    Please stop ๐Ÿ›‘ eating ๐Ÿฝ

  40. Red Moon says:

    ู…ุนู‚ูˆู„ู‡ ู…ุงุดูˆู ุนู…ุฑู‡ุง

  41. ricchard64 says:

    No puedo seguir su pronunciacion. Pareciera que tiene problemas de diccion

  42. Ray Smith says:

    She got it going alllllllll the way on. If anyone else front and try to hate they donโ€™t know beauty

  43. SHI VANI says:

    What an excuse of medical issue coz she dosnt want to weight loss and diet. Lazy buffalo

  44. Dheeraj Tripathi says:

    Dheeraj tripathi
    For service

  45. Aron Szekely says:

    Something cut my eyes they where not eating a salad at the pool without dressings for what ever reason

  46. Aron Szekely says:

    May I suggest you get the 101 Dalmatians on your other thighs

  47. Larbi Naitlkadi says:


  48. amrik singh says:

    I like most bubble but

  49. sardar tariq says:

    I want same gerils for mareeid

  50. Lone Wolf says:

    These are the woman the bros can have !! Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜‰

  51. Celeste K. says:

    You can significantly help your lymphedemaโ€™s if you lose weight.

  52. Nova Love says:

    To be honest, this just looks like she's obese ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ I would love to hear Dr. Now's thoughts.

  53. Suga Is sweet says:

    I honestly am thankful that she isn't this shape on purpose
    (I'm js stating an opinion so pls don't get offended…)

  54. Thehottea says:

    As a pear myself, I donโ€™t think itโ€™s the situation of ur body shape and acceptance, I had to go through that, but being obese, you can get rid of lip-oedema, 600 pound life? I myself lost 100 pounds in a few years. I have curves, but Iโ€™m not that big. You should accept being a pear, but donโ€™t be so accepted that u wonโ€™t do anything about ur health.

  55. Kleytons says:


  56. Salik nice says:


  57. Vuyani Tukani says:

    You look very very nice wow

  58. Miguel Godoy says:

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  59. Rachel Hanna says:

    She's out of breath putting her compression socks on…

  60. Om Budspeoria says:

    So could she still be this size if she only ate vegetables? Very curious here.

  61. Dominique Cain says:

    I'm a CNA and I help take care of people with this, it does not look fun. :/

  62. Mojtaba Fayyaz says:

    Bigger is Better

  63. whyyoumadbro 352 says:

    Dam I would love to cuddle with her on cold nights

  64. Mary Benson says:

    Reading these posts. I have left leg lymphedema. coupled with severe scoliosis. To aware of staring when going to the pool. Kind of hard to find something that fits correctly.

  65. Kevin Evenstad says:

    She seems fun.

  66. Ruthie Monroig says:

    I luv her confidence ๐Ÿ‘no matter how good you look someone will always find something to criticize about you ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ’•

  67. Santa Rivera says:

    Well maybe she needs to loose some weight ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ

  68. Todd Radford says:

    Love you pair shape

  69. Nick Stevenson says:

    To me u r beautiful cara.. I want you to be a model for my 2 businesses.

  70. Chris Ward says:

    Q: What's the difference between a fat woman and a bowling ball? A: if you're life depended on it, you could eat the bowling ball

  71. wah yudi says:


  72. Dawna says:

    love the tattoos!!

  73. Luis Ramos says:

    Cara cruz you ainโ€™t you are beautiful, y you wear those socks ๐Ÿงฆ pretty, can you tell me y

  74. Calvin Firmansyah says:

    astaga ini terlalu obesitas ๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข

  75. Sarah B says:

    Itโ€™s LIPOEDEMA, not LYMPHEDEMA!! Change the title !!

  76. Amberlynn Reid Fan says:

    Barcroft seems like TLC

  77. Natalie Rea says:

    who the hell would embrace Lymphedema? you CAN control it and it's also something we do to ourselves due to our disgusting eating habits.

  78. Aspen Love says:

    Her weight aside it just looks painful, her lower legs and feet, poor girl I hope she can get her legs and feet fixed

  79. Michael michaelfordloverman says:

    Shes beautiful

  80. Vivian Nwankwo says:

    How are you doing Sweety.

  81. DisappointingPorn says:

    Gurl, save your money!! The tats are great, but theyโ€™re expensive…rather than covering yourself up with ink, get that liposuction so you donโ€™t have to have so much pain and strain on your body!!

  82. Bakka VO Hassan says:

    But u are beautiful da

  83. Numl tv says:


  84. Todd Radford says:

    You looking good to me sorry about you leags

  85. Todd Radford says:

    How do find woman like you

  86. Todd Radford says:

    Do you have any friends that would won't me

  87. OLACA 2017 Graduates says:

    Yeah and some people will drink their urine and eat theot feces, soo

  88. Kevin Titus says:

    Love bbw, confidence is good thing but, longtime you health will be effected some how!๐Ÿ’—

  89. John Barney says:

    NO. ! JUST. NO !!!!

  90. John Barney says:

    Itโ€™s caused by overeating !

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    How can I . meet you sexy queen

  96. The MetaChristian says:

    Black men get on my nerves๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚still have love for my counterpart though๐Ÿ˜

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  99. Barbara Meshel says:

    When I was a kid growing up there were hardly any obese people…40 years later and it's rampid .When social media started and reality shows were popping up all over TV …all of a sudden every shape and form of a human being was in the spotlight…it was OK to be yourself for once.It was OK to look any way you wanted….So maybe for an obese person who was hiding from the world and ashamed of their appearance 40 years ago can have their day in the sun and be themselves without feeling embarrassed…I think her confidence is wonderful lymphademia and all.

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