Patient Stories

I Nearly Died of a Pulmonary Embolism – Terry’s Story

My story begins in May, 2019 when I was paying for gas inside a kiosk and a car crashed through the window, barreling into me and nearly running me over.  Months later in December, I had a surgery to repair a torn labrum in the hip. Ten days later, on January 5, 2020, I nearly…

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Blood Clot Risks for Transgender Women – Katherine’s Story

My story begins when I first started experiencing swelling in my right ankle after getting home from work one day. Over the next few days I developed pain in my upper calf that started to hurt when walking. I immediately thought it could be a deep vein thrombosis (DVT), but instead of addressing this, I…

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Unexpected Bi-Lateral PE’s

I had a nagging cough for a few days, which later became shoulder pain on Friday, March 18, 2022. I went to a local urgent care center to get checked, and the x-ray showed that I possibly had pneumonia. Despite antibiotics, conditions worsened over the weekend. By Tuesday, March 22, I had shortness of breath…

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It Started with Pain in My Neck – Erin’s Story

On November 4th, 2021, at the age of 27, I started experiencing pain in my neck that shot up through my head. I figured it was just pulled a muscle, but for the next three days the pain got worse and I second guessed my “pulled muscle” self-diagnosis. On November 8, four days after the…

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This Entire Experience Changed My Life – Kim’s Story

In September of 2015, I was sitting in the ICU wondering how I had gotten there. Flash back to six months prior, I had severe depression and I was close to weighing 300 pounds. I was also training for a 160-mile bike ride from Miami to Key West. During my training for this ride, I…

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Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute – Marianne’s Story

In December of 2020 I started having some breathing issues – it was a struggle to make it up stairs and I seemed more exhausted than usual. I thought I was just tired and needed some time for my body to rest. I told myself I would rest over the holidays and that I would…

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This Needed More than a Tylenol Prescription – Ashley’s Story

At 31 weeks pregnant, I was getting ready for the arrival of my baby and started experiencing extreme pain in my left leg. I remember going to my baby shower and barely being able to walk. This was very concerning and abnormal to me, so after the baby shower I called my OBGYN and explained…

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A Challenging Series of Miscarriages – Janelle’s Story

In 2011, I became pregnant with my fourth child and went in for what I thought would be a normal 8–12-week doctor’s visit, but instead they told me that I was having a miscarriage. This was confusing and devastating news that was challenging to process. I could not understand why I was having a miscarriage…

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A Combination of Missed Risk Factors – Gina’s Story

In 2017, at 21 years old, I was undergoing my third surgery on my left knee after I had torn my ACL and meniscus playing college basketball. Shockingly, I was back on the court a few short weeks later, but felt that my hamstring was unusually tight. This didn’t seem right to me, so I…

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Mamas Get Blood Clots Too – Justine’s story

I had my first blood clot when I was 24 years old after I had ACL reconstruction surgery – a risk factor for blood clots that I was unaware of. After my surgery I noticed that my arm was warm, swollen, and red – which are all signs of blood clots. I knew something was…

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