Patient Stories

Not Just Calf Pain – Kayla’s Story

During the summer of 2012 I was going into my senior year of college and was training for Kent State’s Annual Black Squirrel 5k Race. I grew up playing soccer my entire life and I figured running a 5k would be a breeze. Little did I know, it was going to change my life forever.…

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It Could Have Been Prevented – Andrea’s Story

On November 7th, 2020, I received a phone call from my stepson Conner; I could tell by the fear in his voice that something was terribly wrong. I remember his exact words, “Dad is conscious, but you need to meet us at the hospital now! Dad is in an ambulance they’re taking him to the…

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Young People Get Blood Clots Too – Michelle’s Story

When I had a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in my left leg, I was a 19-year-old college freshman who had never heard of blood clots before. I assumed I’d broken my leg and hobbled to two classes before going to the hospital. When I got examined at the hospital – a rural one with only…

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Cerebral Venous Sinus Thrombosis – Jacarra’s Story

In April 2019, I began to experience symptoms similar to a sinus infection, including frontal head and eye pressure. Over the next few weeks my symptoms worsened, and they developed into nausea, weakness on one side of my body, confusion, loss of appetite, and the most prominent indication —the worst headache of my life! A…

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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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