Patient Stories

Sharon Sullivan’s Blood Clot Story

Four years ago, I found out that taking birth control pills could almost take my life! Shortly after returning from my honeymoon in December 2007, I felt severe abdominal pain. My former primary doctor changed the brand of my birth control pills, prescribed ibuprofen for pain, and eventually sent me for a pelvic ultrasound that…

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Melanie Friedman’s Blood Clot Story

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In Memory of Garrett Elder: His Blood Clot Story

My son Garrett  Elder had a stomach virus in April 2008, and a strep throat two days later that was treated with a full course of antibiotics.  He developed pneumonia on day 3 and complained of leg pain during the night.  His breathing became heavy and his leg became swollen and hard. We took him to…

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Nick Sanders Story as Told by his Parents, Pat and Dan Sanders

Nick Sanders was one of those individuals that you could not forget. It wasn’t just that he was 6 feet 6 inches tall, had red hair and played football. He was also a fun loving son, brother, grandson as well as a loyal friend and colleague. On his 25th birthday, Nick was embarking on his…

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Nicole Sheldon – My Story with DVT and PE

My experience with Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and Pulmonary Embolism (PE) started in June 2011, three months after I got married and spent a three week honeymoon “road tripping” around New Zealand with my husband.  Late one night, I felt a twinge of pain behind my left knee.  I ignored it, figuring that I tweaked…

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Hope’s Story of Blood Clots as a Warning Sign for Cancer

By: Hope Galley It was 2006, and I had just completed the greatest of my 12 marathons, the NYC Marathon! What an experience! I had never had so much fun at a race and I was determined to return in 2007! In addition to this huge achievement, I had just been promoted at work. I…

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Kelly Hogan Deep Vein Thrombosis / Pulmonary Embolism Patient Story

By: Kelly Hogan A year ago today, I had no idea the curve balls 2009 would throw at me, and I would have never guessed they would involve a life-changing experience involving my health. You see, I’m the “healthiest person” all of my family, friends and colleagues know.  I’m studying for my Master’s in nutrition,…

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“Airplane Girl” Leah L. Wajdyk’s Deep Vein Thrombosis / Pulmonary Embolism Patient Story

My orthopedic surgeon dubbed me his “airplane” girl, because of an ironic twist of fate (and twist of my knee!).  Believe it or not, I tore the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in my right knee as I was getting onto an airplane in October 2006.  One would think I might be injured throwing a football…

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Kelsey Minarik’s Blood Clot Survival Story

By Kelsey Minarik While I was on a 5 hour plane ride from Los Angeles to Manhattan, I felt a lingering ache in the back of my left knee that was uncomfortable, but nothing that caused me to feel immediate alarm. I am only 21 and have been an athlete my entire life, so I…

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Sara Golieb’s Blood Clot Survival Story

I took what I thought was a routine flight to visit my family in Florida in October 2009.  My leg had been bothering me a little before the flight, due to chronic Achilles tendonitis.  When I got off the plane in Florida, my leg seemed stiffer than usual.  The flight was uneventful, and since it…

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