In the fall of 2020, a near fatal bilateral pulmonary embolism came from nowhere, cause unknown. As a 14-time marathoner and in the best shape of my life, this came as a complete shock.
Following my diagnosis, I was put on blood thinners. As an athlete, adjusting to the blood thinners was a challenge. I was forced to overcome the fears associated with a near fatal pulmonary embolism as well as the bleeding risks associate with being on blood thinners.
During my recovery I read stories on the National Blood Clot Alliance website stoptheclot.org, including one story about a woman who suffered a similar clotting experience but battled back and ran the Chicago Marathon in 2019. She inspired me. It was not a straight line, and I almost quit several times. But the long hard battle back resulted in completing my 15th marathon on October 3, 2021.
If you believe you CAN, you WILL.
My advice for others would be to listen to your body and take things one day at a time. The stories here were a HUGE saving grace in those first few weeks after diagnosis. Being part of this community assured me that I’m not alone.
Try to set mini goals and keep a positive outlook and you can get back to a new normal.
MORE INFORMATION AND RESOURCES:
- Read NBCA’s Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Blood Thinners
- Learn more about joining Team Stop the Clot
- Read more stories, or share your story with NBCA.
- Learn how you can get involved.