I’m Back to Doing Everything I Want to Do: Joe’s Story

I’m Back to Doing Everything I Want to Do: Joe’s Story

My story began with a nagging ache in my calf. I had ignored it for a few days thinking it was a pulled muscle.

Other than a leg cramp, I did not have any other symptoms. I had done my usual six-mile run and worked in the yard later that day. It was not until the next morning that I broke out in a sweat, was gasping for air and felt sick to my stomach.

This was the most painful and terrifying experiences that I have ever endured. My wife drove me to the hospital, where I was diagnosed with a bilateral pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis.

I now understand what to look for in the future. I’ve had two more occurrences since, and with the support and help of the NBCA, I am back to doing everything that I want to do, including long distance running and competitive cycling.

After extensive testing, there was no known underlying factor that might have contributed to my blood clots.

To help spread awareness, I became an NBCA Community Thrombassador and joined NBCA in Washington, DC for the past two years to advocate for more blood clot awareness and education funding.

My advice to others is to learn, listen and work with a support group to know how to advocate for yourself.


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