Patient Stories

Take Note if You’re Taking the Pill: Leani’s Story

I am a 23-year-old female from South Africa who was on the hormonal birth control pill for skin purposes. As a human physiology and genetics graduate, I knew the risks of taking contraceptives and how it increases blood viscosity, or thickness, but I never thought that it was going to happen to me, even though…

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An Ankle Injury Taught Me To Listen to My Body: Clare’s Story

I have always been someone who believed I could overpower being sick— at 31 years old, a hot shower, big glass of water, an over-the-counter pain medication, and a fresh face of makeup could still solve just about any ailment I experienced. But, when I broke my ankle in late November 2018 and started experiencing…

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I Thought My Symptoms Were Caused by My Leg Cast: Jody’s Story

After I broke a bone in my foot, I was put in a leg cast up to my knee. I was told to keep it elevated, don’t put any weight on it, and rest. Ten days later, I began feeling lightheaded and my cast was feeling tighter, so I went to the doctor, and they…

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Do Not Take Your Good Health for Granted: Ardith’s Story

When my symptoms started, I was 34 years old, a bride-to-be and an avid runner. In fact, I was going to run a half-marathon the week before ,my wedding. Training had been going well, but as race day approached, I noticed I was feeling unusually tired. To save energy for the wedding, I skipped the…

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Go to the ER Right Away: Christine’s Story

“You need to go to the ER right away.” Those were the words I was told on Easter over video chat by a doctor. “No, that can’t be right,” I thought. Sure, I could work out more and eat cleaner, but overall, I was pretty healthy. The doctor thought I may have a blood clot…

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Another Chance at Life: Rachael’s Story

At 44 years old, I never knew the impact a blood clot could have on someone’s life…especially my own! Both physically and emotionally, 2019 has been a rough year for me. I was diagnosed with a chronic back issue in January 2019, and after many months of conservative treatments, I decided to schedule a back-fusion…

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The Other Side of the Hospital Bed: Sarah’s Story

I am a Registered Nurse, or RN, but that didn’t help me spot my issue. I was working a shift, and I felt very run down and tired. I thought maybe I was catching the flu. My left leg felt kind of tingly like my foot was asleep, and I had some pain in my…

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This Can’t Be Happening: Tom’s Story

On December 31, 2014, I went to a dinner party at a friend’s house for New Year’s Eve. I was uncomfortable the whole time. Simply put, my calf ached. I remember thinking, “That’s odd, I haven’t exercised in days, so why does my calf hurt so much?” I struggled to sleep that night and spent the next…

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Knowledge of Blood Clot Risks and Symptoms Saved Me: Bella’s Story

I was sitting outside enjoying the fresh air when my FitBit said my heart rate was up to 100. I just had surgery to put in a plate and screws for a broken tibia (shinbone). My mom was concerned that she saw signs of a blood clot in my leg. When she touched my leg,…

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My Constant Headache Was a Sign of Something Serious: Marjorie’s Story

Eight years ago, when I was 23 years old, I suffered a deep vein thrombosis (DVT), or blood clot in my leg. My doctors put me on heparin and warfarin for six months, and I was instructed to stop hormonal birth control. I figured since I stopped estrogen-based birth control, I would be fine, even…

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