Patient Stories

A Family Affair: Kathy’s Story

“I have shortness of breath.” This was the oft-repeated comment to each of my doctors. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in April 2020. By August 2020 I had major surgery that included three surgeons: breast cancer surgeon, thoracic surgeon, and plastic surgeon. This was followed up by 30 rounds of radiation. I also complained…

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My Doctor Said I Was Fine, My Intuition Saved My Life: Chriselda’s Story

During my first pregnancy at 15 years old, I started to have intense burning and numbness on my left side groin and hip region that my OB/GYN stated was normal pregnancy pain. After giving birth, I followed up with my primary doctor and neurologist. All of my doctor’s visits concluded with no diagnosis. My second…

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How My Reproductive Choice Could Have Cost My Life: Lauren’s Story

I thought I was being responsible.  My husband and I had been married for nearly ten years. We’d mutually agreed that we didn’t want biological children and I’d faithfully remained on the same birth control, having never experienced any adverse effects. I’m a big believer in the old saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix…

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My PE Gave Me a New Perspective on Health Inequities: Vanessa’s Story

At fifteen years old, I first began taking hormonal contraceptives to relieve migraines. I received my prescription quickly after a brief medical exam where I was asked about my family history. I never imagined my journey on hormonal contraceptives would end abruptly nine years later after an emergency room diagnosis of bilateral pulmonary …

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I’m Still Struggling After Months of Recovery: Melissa’s Story

I was diagnosed in May 2020, but I initially went to the ER in April of the same year with severe pain in my right chest and back area. I couldn’t lie flat, or take any deep breaths, like coughs or sneezes. I couldn’t bend forward to pick anything up, and I was getting fatigued…

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Looking Back With Gratitude: Marianne’s Story

In March of 2016, I was 28 years old and pregnant with my second child. Being nine weeks along, I had severe morning sickness and was vomiting more than six times a day. Everything seemed normal. One morning, I noticed a dull pain on my right side along my ribcage. I assumed I must have…

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Even in a Pandemic, Take Care of Yourself: Sam’s Story

I am 28 years old and fairly active. I go to Crossfit five times a week. Blood clots were never on my radar screen. But, on May 1, 2020, as I was walking to my car, I was overcome by dizziness and lightheadedness as I have never experienced before. I was also fatigued from walking…

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Birth Control and Factor V Leiden: Jenna’s Story

It was 6:00 p.m. on a cold Wednesday night in February 2014. My legs were dangling from the patient table as I sat anxiously at an urgent care facility waiting for the doctor to come in. My right calf had continued to swell and throb over the last several days, to the point where I…

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Seeking A Second Opinion Saved My Life: Kathleen’s Story

In 2016, life was normal. I was balancing a full-time desk job, motherhood, and the excitement of a second pregnancy. However, around 32 weeks into my pregnancy, things started to take a turn for the worse when I developed pain in my left hip. Worried, I went to the doctor, who, without fully examining me,…

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Making A Full Recovery: Aimee’s Story

I was the most fit I had ever been when I had my deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary emboli (PE) at 28 years old. I ran marathons, competed in triathlons, and had just recently completed my first 100-mile bike race. After my bike race, I was struggling to recover. My legs felt heavy. My…

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