Patient Stories

The Physical and Mental Health Impact of Blood Clots: Emily’s Story

When I was 19 years old, during the first week of my sophomore year of college, I awoke one morning with a strange, tight pain in my right shoulder. I assumed I had just slept on it funny, and continued about my day as usual. The pain didn’t seem to let up, even after I…

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If You Think You Have A Blood Clot, Take Action: EJ’s Story

I was 41 years old when I was headed in for a right knee meniscus repair on September 25, 2019. I had a similar repair done on my left knee in June of 2016. As a machinist and mechanic, I have always had to rely on my knees to push through the days. The physical…

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Educate and Listen to Your Body: Tina’s Story

My two pregnancies were marked by dangerous blood clots – the first time when I was 23 weeks pregnant and the second time when I was 27 weeks pregnant. These were my first blood clots, which started in my leg as a deep vein thrombosis or DVT and moved from my ankle to my groin.…

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Dealing with Blood Clots is Not Easy: Matt’s Story

In 2013, I graduated from high school and was all set to join the military in July. I was extremely active, running every day, and lifting weights. A couple weeks prior, I woke up to the worst pain I have ever felt in my right leg. It felt like an over-the-top muscle tear. Over the…

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Take Note if You’re Taking the Pill: Leani’s Story

I am a 23-year-old female from South Africa who was on the hormonal birth control pill for skin purposes. As a human physiology and genetics graduate, I knew the risks of taking contraceptives and how it increases blood viscosity, or thickness, but I never thought that it was going to happen to me, even though…

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An Ankle Injury Taught Me To Listen to My Body: Clare’s Story

I have always been someone who believed I could overpower being sick— at 31 years old, a hot shower, big glass of water, an over-the-counter pain medication, and a fresh face of makeup could still solve just about any ailment I experienced. But, when I broke my ankle in late November 2018 and started experiencing…

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I Thought My Symptoms Were Caused by My Leg Cast: Jody’s Story

After I broke a bone in my foot, I was put in a leg cast up to my knee. I was told to keep it elevated, don’t put any weight on it, and rest. Ten days later, I began feeling lightheaded and my cast was feeling tighter, so I went to the doctor, and they…

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Do Not Take Your Good Health for Granted: Ardith’s Story

When my symptoms started, I was 34 years old, a bride-to-be and an avid runner. In fact, I was going to run a half-marathon the week before ,my wedding. Training had been going well, but as race day approached, I noticed I was feeling unusually tired. To save energy for the wedding, I skipped the…

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Go to the ER Right Away: Christine’s Story

“You need to go to the ER right away.” Those were the words I was told on Easter over video chat by a doctor. “No, that can’t be right,” I thought. Sure, I could work out more and eat cleaner, but overall, I was pretty healthy. The doctor thought I may have a blood clot…

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Another Chance at Life: Rachael’s Story

At 44 years old, I never knew the impact a blood clot could have on someone’s life…especially my own! Both physically and emotionally, 2019 has been a rough year for me. I was diagnosed with a chronic back issue in January 2019, and after many months of conservative treatments, I decided to schedule a back-fusion…

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