I Thought I’d Pulled a Muscle: Madi’s Story

I Thought I’d Pulled a Muscle: Madi’s Story

I remember going for a walk with my 10-month-old daughter the day I first felt the pain.

I thought I’d pulled a muscle in my shoulder while pushing a heavy pram up a steep hill. Over a few days, the dull, sharp pain became worse. It felt like it was wrapping around my shoulder and trying to drag me down. But I wasn’t worried and just thought it would pass.

I put my daughter down to bed one night and began experiencing chest pains and shallow breathing. It wasn’t till I coughed up some blood that I realized something wasn’t right.

Before I had a chance to call an ambulance, I suddenly couldn’t breathe at all. Luckily, my partner was with me and he called. After a few tests, I was told I had several small blood clots in my lungs (pulmonary emboli, or PE). If I had left it any longer, they could have traveled to my heart.

I spent five long days away from my family in the hospital. I could barely walk for days, and couldn’t shower or go to the toilet alone.

After 12+ months of being on blood thinners and having my second child, I’m finally off blood thinners and trying to live a healthy lifestyle for my kids.

Since my clot, I have major health anxiety, always thinking something is wrong. It is something I’ll always live with, but it helps to know the signs and symptoms of a clot.

Before my clot, I had zero knowledge of blood clots. I was very lucky and forever grateful I’m able to watch my kids grow every day.


Psychological Impact of Blood Clots
Signs and Symptoms
How is a PE Diagnosed?

Share your story
The personal story is intended for informational purposes only. The National Blood Clot Alliance (NBCA) holds the rights to all content that appears on its website. The use by another organization or online group of any content on NBCA’s website, including patient stories that appear here, does not imply that NBCA is connected to these other organizations or groups or condones or endorses their work. Please contact info@stoptheclot.org with questions about this matter.

Additional patient stories