Patient Stories

Deborah Tyler’s DVT/PE Story as Told by her Twin Sister

Mary Bare wrote this story about the death of her twin sister Deborah from a pulmonary embolism.  She is so motivated to spread awareness of signs and symptoms of DVT and PE and is using social media to do so via a Facebook page called Forever Deborah. My name is Mary Bare.  My story is personal,…

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Geraldine Siquieros Tells Her DVT Story

Geraldine Siquieros is a nurse who ignored PE symptoms in herself that she would respond to immediately in a patient.  Her experience taught her a lot. A few years ago, I felt unusually weak, faint, and short of breath while walking with my husband and three children.  I needed to take breaks to rest and catch…

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Samantha Kutter Tells Her Blood Clot Survival Story

I had zero problems with my health until three years ago, when I was 19, and started on birth control pills to treat acne that did not respond to over the counter medicine.  I am a non-smoker, never had any weight problems, and have not been in the hospital since I was two years old.…

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Lauren Murdock’s Blood Clot Story

Lauren Murdock had venous clots in her brain that seemed to come out of the blue during her time at college, but she found positive ways to cope. 2010 started off as an amazing year for me.  I was adjusting to life at a new university, socially active on campus, and had adopted a healthy,…

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Bridget Schaap’s DVT Story

Bridget Schaap thought she was having simple foot surgery, and was  surprised to find that she developed a blood clot after it. When I look back, it’s hard to believe all that happened to me.  As I prepared to quit my job and move from Chicago to Michigan to begin graduate school in December 2010, I…

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Jim Smith’s DVT Story

Jim Smith had DVTs in each leg and a PE after a prostatectomy, something that he did not think could happen to him, yet he is now dealing with complications. My story begins in 2006 when I had abdominal surgery for a prostatectomy.  I was hit with a massive pulmonary embolism (PE) ten days after…

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Cassandra Bradshaw’s Blood Clot Story

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In Memory of Kyle Baca: His Blood Clot Story as Told by His Mother

I am the mother of Kyle Baca, who at age 14 was the victim of a “massive bilateral pulmonary embolism” (PE) on the morning of October 30, 2010.  I knew Kyle was sick, but I thought it was an upper respiratory infection at the time.  He played football that season for his high school freshman team,…

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Eric Vignando’s Fatal DVT After Knee Surgery as Told by Sophie Lambert

My late boyfriend, Eric Vignando, passed away at 49 years old on November 29, 2010. Eric had knee problems after ski accidents, and he finally went in for a partial knee replacement after having pain for 20 years.   His surgery was on Nov 12, 2010.  His surgery went well, his doctor was pleased, and Eric…

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Sarah Bell’s Story About May-Thurner Syndrome and Blood Clots

At age 26 in June 2006, I was diagnosed with a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) that extended from my ankle to my groin on my left side.  I was unable to walk, because of intense pain and swelling in my leg, and I thought I was going to die.  I was too scared to move,…

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