Patient Stories

Know Your Blood Clot Risk Factors: Nicole’s Story

In May of 2021, I dislocated my ankle. I was also on hormonal birth control. After the ankle injury, I was told to go home and rest, and not to bear weight on my ankle for 4-6 weeks. After about a week and a half, I had intense pain and cramping in the calf of…

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The Hardest Thing I Have Been Through: Natalie’s Story

A few days after my fourth daughter was born, I went to the emergency room (ER) for terrible leg pain. They did an ultrasound and assured me I did not have any blood clots. I went back again for a second time because I was certain I had a blood clot. Again, they sent me…

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Every Day is A Chance to Raise Awareness: Kris’ Story

After twisting my ankle a few weeks prior, I had a dull charley horse ache in my calf. Nothing worked to relieve it, but it wasn’t too bad, and it was easy to ignore most of the time. I started to notice when climbing up my stairs at home, that I would get a little…

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Thrombosis Has Deeply Impacted my Family: Gerry’s Story

Thrombosis has done a terrible number on my family. My father died at age 54 of intestinal blot clots after many years of significant heart disease. My brother died of a pulmonary embolism at age 55 after repeated PEs beginning in his 20s.  My niece suffered a cerebral venous sinus thrombosis at age 26 and…

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Know the Signs of Blood Clots: Jenna’s Story

In September 2020, at the age of 24 and in good health, one week away from graduating with my master’s degree, I nearly lost my life. I woke up one day with a headache slightly worse than normal, but over a week, things got worse until I was in more pain than I had ever…

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The Day that Changed My Life Forever: Kelly’s Story

I was diagnosed with bilateral pulmonary emboli, or blood clots in my lungs, on July 20, 2020, at the age of 28. This clotting was provoked by estrogen-based birth control combined with immobility due to a recent wisdom teeth extraction. This was a day I will never forget and a day that changed my life…

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You Know You Best: Robyn’s Story

My mum saved my life. I was diagnosed with upper extremity deep vein thrombosis (DVT), or a blood clot in my arm, in late June 2019. I started showing signs and symptoms at the beginning of the month. I was 26 years old, had a 9 to 5 job, and loved going to the gym.…

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Listen to Your Body: Renee’s Story

December 19, 2019, will always be a day I remember. Three weeks prior to that day, I noticed calf pain in my left leg that would come and go. I chalked it up to a running injury. I was in the best shape of my life running 20 miles a week and attending fitness classes…

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Don’t Neglect Health and Wellness: Noelle’s Story

I believe that our daily hustle and bustle, which society has pressured us to believe is normal, convinces us to think that obligations are more important than the health and wellness of our own bodies. Ironically, being a doctorate student unintentionally embodies that notion as curriculum eagerly piles up to what eventually feels like an…

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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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