In April 2021, I was diagnosed with a cerebral venous sinus thrombosis. I was fortunate enough to have been diagnosed quickly following three days of headache, nausea, and vomiting. My risk factor was estrogen based oral contraceptives.
This diagnosis has taken a physical and emotional toll, but I am thankful for where I am. I want to raise awareness of all blood clots because this condition can happen to anyone regardless of age, gender, or health status.
I especially want to raise awareness of CVST. Symptoms often mimic more benign conditions, and diagnosis is often delayed, resulting in poorer outcomes.
My advice to others is to know your risk factors, make educated decisions regarding your health, and be patient and kind to yourself.
Recovery is not linear. It does get better with time.