Patient Stories

Know the Risks of Estrogen-Based Birth Control: Melissa’s Story

After giving birth to my daughter by emergency c-section due to preeclampsia, I started to feel very ill. My right leg was throbbing and my chest hurt. I followed up with the doctor on this, and a quick scan showed blood clots in my leg (deep vein thrombosis) and my chest (pulmonary embolism). I was…

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Awareness Saves Lives: Patrick & Meredith’s Story

In 2020, my daughter, Meredith (Mer for short), complained that she was having difficulty breathing. My wife and I dismissed it as perhaps a sinus condition or allergies. The next morning, Mer called us from school telling us she had passed out. She was rushed to the hospital where the physicians asked if she was…

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This Completely Changed the Way I Regard My Health: Chelsey’s Story

My name is Chelsey. I am 31 and have no prior health issues. On October 26, 2022, I went downstairs to my basement and felt a heaviness in my chest. I reached the bottom step and I felt like I had just run a marathon. I tried to sit down, but the next thing I…

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It Started with Stumbling up the Stairs: Misty’s Story

On March 31, 2022, I stumbled coming up a single step into my house. This stumble caused me to roll my ankle and strain my left calf muscle. I thought nothing of it at the time – I was a little sore but felt fine. Three days later, I left for spring break and was…

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Not Just Calf Pain: Kayla’s Story

During the summer of 2012, I was going into my senior year of college and was training for Kent State’s Annual Black Squirrel 5k Race. I grew up playing soccer and I figured running a 5k would be a breeze. Little did I know, it was going to change my life forever. I was up…

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It Could Have Been Prevented: Andrea’s Story

On November 7th, 2020, I received a phone call from my stepson Conner; I could tell by the fear in his voice that something was terribly wrong. I remember his exact words, “Dad is conscious, but you need to meet us at the hospital now! Dad is in an ambulance they’re taking him to the…

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Young People Get Blood Clots Too: Michelle’s Story

When I had a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in my left leg, I was a 19-year-old college freshman who had never heard of blood clots before. I assumed I’d broken my leg and hobbled to two classes before going to the hospital. When I got examined at the hospital – a rural one with only…

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Cerebral Venous Sinus Thrombosis: Jacarra’s Story

In April 2019, I began to experience symptoms similar to a sinus infection, including frontal head and eye pressure. Over the next few weeks my symptoms worsened, and they developed into nausea, weakness on one side of my body, confusion, loss of appetite, and the most prominent indication —the worst headache of my life! A…

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I Nearly Died of a Pulmonary Embolism: Terry’s Story

My story begins in May, 2019 when I was paying for gas inside a kiosk and a car crashed through the window, barreling into me and nearly running me over.  Months later in December, I had a surgery to repair a torn labrum in the hip. Ten days later, on January 5, 2020, I nearly…

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Blood Clot Risks for Transgender Women: Katherine’s Story

My story begins when I first started experiencing swelling in my right ankle after getting home from work one day. Over the next few days I developed pain in my upper calf that started to hurt when walking. I immediately thought it could be a deep vein thrombosis (DVT), but instead of addressing this, I…

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